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Food Photography Tips


5 Oct 2010 11:48AM
Hi Everyone,

I need to take some photos of some hot pub meals this weekend. This is the first time I have ever shot food and wanted to know what suggestions people have on getting good shots of hot meals. FYI, I don't have any lighting gear, so i have the make the best of the available light.

Thanks for any help!

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TTT 13 560 Germany
5 Oct 2010 12:18PM
In order of importance:
Beer
camera
medium zoom
or macro (not too close because of steam)
tripod
table near window.....
good looking barmaid (to hold reflector)

did I mention beer,
keithh Plus
11 23.7k 33 Wallis And Futuna
5 Oct 2010 1:27PM
You're in luck as available light is still in fashion when it comes to food.

Main Tips.

Have more than one of each dish ready.
Glycerine or water in a mister to re-moisten hot meats etc.
For steam: Dampen a tampon and microwave until piping hot. Then place behind dish or under vegetables...out of sight..this will give off better steam for the camera.

Plain backgrounds..they obviously don't need to be big.
Focus on the main plate subject and use wide apertures.
Thanks for the advice TTT and keithh. Some creative ideas. I have a standard 18-55mm lens, will this do the trick, or should I go for something else?
whipspeed Plus
10 4.1k 22 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2010 1:58PM

Quote:For steam: Dampen a tampon and microwave until piping hot. Then place behind dish or under vegetables...out of sight..this will give off better steam for the camera.


I will never look at steam in cookery books in the same light again! I suppose it's not something you'd put on the table at a dinner party to make the steam look attractive Wink
Good to see you back in the forums.
keithh Plus
11 23.7k 33 Wallis And Futuna
5 Oct 2010 2:05PM
Hi Sarah,...LOL...I just assumed David wouldn't have a steam machine.

David,

You'd be better if you could blag something like an 80mm or a Sigma 105 or similar macro lens. Surely there's one knocking around EPZ HQ somewhere.
I once did a whole cookery book pretty much exclusively on a 24-70L but if you can borrow one of the above.

Oh and make sure that each and every element of the food is meticulously placed on the plate...and don't pour any sauces/gravy until you're ready to start shooting.
don't think i have any tampons lying around, so I might have to photoshop the steam instead. I'll see what sort of lens I can get.
MrGoatsmilk 6 1.5k England
5 Oct 2010 5:20PM

Quote:Don't think i have any tampons lying around, so I might have to photoshop the steam instead.


Be brave and pop to the shops, you could always use the self service till.Grin
whipspeed Plus
10 4.1k 22 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2010 5:28PM
No, tell the lady on the checkout why you want them and then take a photograph of their expression Grin
minicooper 7 536 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2010 5:39PM
Look if I can go into Bulid A Bear and a get wedding dress for a glove photoshoot you can go in where ever and get the TamponWink

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