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Posted 2/28/2013 by stampingjulie in General Photography
 

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Posted: 2/28/2013 9:27:24 PM
My daughter and I just started a food blog and we're trying to get better at photographing our food. Any suggestions on food-specific photography or where to get more info? Is it possible to get the close up with the blurred background with a point and shoot?
Thanks!!


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Posted: 3/1/2013 9:27:59 AM
Some high end point and shoots can do a bit of background blur. You'll need to refer to the owners manual for your camera. If you don't still have it many of them can be found online.

The biggest need for good food photography is GREAT lighting.

eta: I apologize for the excessive number of duplicate postings.


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Posted: 3/1/2013 10:48:31 AM
I have a camera tips pinboard that has some great ideas pinned, here is one that may help you
product photography
Food photo tips
How to build a light box
Camera Tips pinboard
I have not read all the tips but they might help some.


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Posted: 3/2/2013 3:39:40 AM
Ditto Volt.

In addition to great lighting making sure the colours are true (that white balance is accurate) is so important. Food that is off in colour even a bit, can look horribly unappetizing. Of course there are exceptions with processing for a certain effect, but in most instances photos of food are edited very cleanly.


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Posted: 3/7/2013 9:07:10 PM
Thanks to all of you for the great advice and resources! Very helpful!


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Posted: 3/8/2013 5:17:14 AM
Julie - also check out the classroom posts at the top of the board - Valerie did one on food photography which can give you some info as well. As for your question about getting blurred background (bokeh) - yes, you can achieve this with a point and shoot camera. Make sure you have the subject closer to you and some space between it and the background - make sure your camera focuses in on the main subject (which obviously you intend, but sometimes autos will hunt and seek out a darker pixel and refocus). Also, using natural light is highly recommended for photographing food. Good luck and have fun.

ETA: I popped over to your food blog and it looks like you are doing a good job with photographing your food - in fact, a very good job. So I am wondering if there is something different you are hoping to achieve. It appears there is a uniform style with your current shots - which gives a nice cohesiveness to your blog.


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Posted: 3/8/2013 1:00:00 PM
I don't mean to pick on any one but this keeps coming around and it bugs me.

Natural lighting is better than standard household kitchen lighting or other standard home lighting. But that doesn't make natural lighting the "best" or prefered by professionals in the business. The only people I know who ever state natural light is best are people who don't have any real experience with studio light. They can only compare natural light with normal tungsten, florescent or other houshold light; in which case the natural light is better.

If you look for tutorials and videos done by people who do commerical food photography (not their personal blog but big corporations) You won't find a natural light photographer among them. They all use studio lighting.

You want a light set up that uses a "day light" color spectrum but it doesn't have to be actual day light. Majority of modern studio light is a good day light balanced light or can be adjusted to be so. You can't control the sun but having a set of lights you have absolute control over is really the best.

A good set of lights you can control the light's position, light output and even the "temp" or color of the light output. You can control the "golden hour" look or get a clear white light or a blue shady look... any time of day or night in any weather.

If you go with "natural light is best" you end up severly limiting where and when you can shoot. A good light set up by a photographer who has taken the time to learn lighting won't look like it was artificially lit.


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Posted: 3/12/2013 7:35:45 PM
Great looking web site Julie!!!


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