February 9, 2007

Food Photography

I've been awake for an hour and my friends are still asleep. Did I mention that I hate jet lag?
Thankfully there is a computer in the guest room so I'm managing to stay quiet when what I really want to do is have a shower and make myself a cup of coffee! If they're not awake in 30 minutes I'm breaking out of here.

After reading all the entries for World Nutella Day I started looking back over my blog and realized I am a terrible food photographer! My food photos are really, really bad!

So I have a question.
How does a normal person with a normal digital camera (which even has a "food" setting) and a not-so-pretty kitchen take beautiful photos? I want my food to look as delicious as it tastes and it doesn't.

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Alison said...

Make sure you are using natural light, not the flash. I don't know what kind of camera you have, but some digital cameras don't do macro shots very well, so you might want to back up a bit (I say this without having gone to look at any of your food pr0n).

I read a great explanation by a food blogger of how she gets her photos with a simple point-and-shoot; here's the link.

She's got some good tips. And Photoshop can really help. :-)

Loulou said...

Thanks for responding! I think I need all the help I can get.
Natural light might be the answer and I'll play around more with my camera.

roger said...

I think a close focus lens is essential (probably wideangle zoon)& agree with the natural light.
Oh - it needs to be SLR!

Loulou - where are you based in S of F?

sognatrice said...

I don't know that my pics are really what you're aiming for, but yes, natural light is best, and if you can do macro--a tip on that, if you have a camera like mine that takes a few seconds to adjust to the setting, do give it its time. It'll make all the difference. That said, I've never thought your pics were particularly lacking....

Loulou said...

We're halfway between Narbonne and Carcassonne. I appreciate the tips. I don't know what SLR is, but will do some studying!Thank you!

I'll play around with macro. Thanks for the compliment and the help. Grazie!

Mimi said...

I agree about backing up a bit.

I also agree about the macro setting taking a while to focus.

Last summer, i dragged all my food photos out to the deck! Now I've found a method of taking them inside, but the color is often too yellow.

Monika Korngut said...

Having switched to SLR I can feel your pain. I thought my pics were good but now they are much, much better. No matter what camera you are using, day light is the best. And if its gettng dark, use a tri-pod, those little ones are good but if you can find a professional one even better. Also photoshop software is also a good thing to have, I agree.

All the best,
Monika Korngut

Loulou said...

now that I'm back home I plan on doing some experiments with the camera. It seems my inside photos have a yellowish color too

thanks for commenting and the advice