In my last post, I talked about what white balance is and how crucial it is. In this post, I am going to go over each white balance setting, what they mean, and when to use each one. All professional DSLR cameras have these settings. Some of the consumer models won’t have all these settings, or with some cameras, if you are in certain shooting modes, the cameras will not let you change your … [Read more...]
What is White Balance, Color Temperature, and Kelvin?
One of the most important but less understood camera settings is the White Balance, also known as color temperature, or color balance. White Balance is extremely important for our images. The purpose of the White Balance setting in the camera is to tell the camera what kind of light you are using, or what light is in your scene. Different types of light actually have very different … [Read more...]
What Is An F-Stop and Why Is It So Important And How To Use It
To a lot of students starting out, F‐stops are very mysterious and take a little bit of time to understand. So what is an F-stop? The F-Stop controls two things. First is how much light is allowed to enter the lens to take your picture - your exposure. The second thing it controls is your Depth of Field. #1 – Using F-stop for exposure The F‐Stop is the actual opening of the lens. The aperture … [Read more...]
The Perfect DIY Napkins For Food Photography – No Sewing Involved!
I don’t know about you, but for me, one of the hardest things to place into my compositions is a napkin. I fiddle with it over and over, and it can get so frustrating. I’ll lay a napkin into the set, and literally take about 15 pics of it in various places till I get it right, or feel it’s just OK. I think one of the reasons this seems to be so hard is that usually napkins are made of a thicker … [Read more...]
The Food Photography Tripod Buying Guide
This is the Ultimate Food Photography Tripod Buying Guide. Lately in the Facebook group there's been lots of talk about tripods. Weekly, members are asking what's the best tripod to buy without really knowing any of the options they have available. So, hopefully this will help. This post will contain Amazon Affiliate links. Should you choose to purchase any of these items, I will receive a small … [Read more...]
What Is A Tilt Shift Lens And When You Need To Use One For Food Photography
To wrap up the discussion about favorite food photography lenses, this post is about a specialty lens called a tilt shift lens. Now, this is a specialty lens that I do use a lot for jobs that I end up shooting with a 35mm camera. Pictured above is the Canon TS-E 90mm F2.9 Tilt Shift lens. Canon makes two versions of this lens now. The one I have was made in days of film, and is still … [Read more...]
The Best Zoom Lenses For Food Photography
In our last post, we talked about all the different types of zoom lenses. Now we're going to talk about the best zoom lenses for food photography. Zooms are a must for overhead shots, in my opinion, and here’s why. When I am composing an overhead shot, I want to be comfortable, and I want to have flexibility with my composition WITHOUT moving my camera that is mounted on a tripod. I don’t … [Read more...]
What Are Zoom Lenses And When To Use Them
In my last post I talked about the best fixed lenses for food photography. Fixed lenses don't move at all. They only have one focal length, ie: 100mm, 60mm. The next set of lenses we are going to discuss are the opposite of that. I use these all the time - zoom lenses. These are my favorite lenses for overhead shots! I’ll tell you why later. Zoom lenses enable the photographer to have an … [Read more...]
My Favorite Food Photography Lenses; 100mm Macro Lens And 60mm Macro Lens
The question I get asked every day in my Food Photography Club Facebook group, is what is the best lens for food photography? The thing is, there is never just one perfect lens for any photography discipline. You need to have several lens options, otherwise, all your shots will start looking the same, and you’ll be limited with what you can shoot. I see this all the time with bloggers. They … [Read more...]
6 More Food Photography Composition Ideas You Can Use To Improve Your Photos
In our last two blog posts, we talked about the Rule of Thirds, and then the Golden Triangle for ways to compose your food photos. If the two previous composition rules are still throwing you, don't worry. There's lots of other options for your food photography composition. Today, we are going to talk about 6 more composition ideas for your photos. #1 Symmetrical And Graphic Many times it … [Read more...]
Food Photography Composition Using The Golden Triangle
Continuing our conversation about composition with food photography, today we are looking at composition using the Golden Triangle. If you've taken any art classes that studied the classics, then you've heard of the Golden Triangle. Now, there's an awful lot to the Golden Triangle. Seriously, there are golden ratios, some call it the sublime triangle, golden ratio design, and on and … [Read more...]
Food Photography Composition Using The Rule Of Thirds
I often ask the members of my free Facebook group what are they struggling with right now with their food photography. Each time I ask this question, different things come up for everyone, but there usually is a theme by the time you see all the comments. This time, several folks said they were struggling with composition - actually composing an image in their camera. So we're going to create a … [Read more...]
Behind The Scenes of the Farmers Market Veggies Shoot
This is the kind of beauty I get to photograph when working with my favorite food stylist, Alise Arato and favorite prop stylist, Amy Paliwoda. This is the behind the scenes of our Farmers Market food shoot. I try to test with Alise and Amy as often as we can. With our busy schedules, it's hard sometimes. Testing is very important for you to do as a photographer. This is where you fall in … [Read more...]
Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Professional Food Photographer?
We are bombarded with images every day, all day long. We see something like 20,000 images a day, about 5000 of those are ads– in just one day! Now with the digital era, there are thousands of people picking up cameras, or just their phones, taking pictures and sharing them all over the world. And let’s be honest, so many of these images aren’t all that great, but it almost seems like it … [Read more...]
What Is The Best Camera When On A Budget For Food Photography?
There are 1000's of digital cameras now. It's completely overwhelming when you are trying to figure out what is the best camera to buy for food photography when you are on a budget. This post is about 35mm DSLR cameras only. This does not include any of the mirrorless cameras, simply due to price, and lenses available. The good news is that there are tons of excellent cameras to … [Read more...]
The Top Posts On Food Photography Blog – The Best Food Photography Tips And Tricks
I started Food Photography Blog 6 years ago to give you all kinds of food photography tips and tricks. With your help, I use your comments and emails to create new content for you. This post is a roundup of the top 10 blog posts - the most popular blog posts that are on this blog as of this year, based on total page views for each post. #1 The Best Equipment and Software for … [Read more...]
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