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Food Photography Basics by claremanson Food Photography Basics by claremanson
I get many questions as to how i stage my food photography so here it is. I have included a few tips and pointers for you to think about when staging your own food photography.

I am not technically minded so if you want lots of info on Aperture, Shutter Speed, Exposure, ISO, Color Temperature, Lenses,Focal Length etc for DSLR cameras this is not the article for you. There are many websites out there such as this one [link] and many articles on DA that go into such details. This is a general guide for basic food photography that even basic compact camera users who love or want to give food photography a go but do not love the technical mumbo jumbo could potentially learn a few things!

I am a little embarrassed to admit i have had my canon 450d for 3 or 4 years now but still have not figured out how to use the manual settings. Instead i push the auto focus and other settings as far as it will go with the basic lens i have. I can not afford a macro lens, but desperately would love one as it would be perfect for food photography! Maybe one day when i have more time i might go on a small photography to learn all that stuff as i am visual learner but for now like a lot of people just can't.

EDIT: My auto focus is completely broken so i now have to do it manually!

I am no expert at food photography that's for sure. There are so many food photographers here on DA which have a lot more knowledge, better equipment and amazing props than i have. For me though half the fun is the learning process and having to improvise with my subject and surroundings. To be able to get that perfect image you have in your head onto camera is the most satisfying feeling for me, especially when i am no expert nor have the perfect equipment around me a studio has!

Finally, another reason i was inspired to write this was because of :iconkaz-d: a community volunteer who looks after the photography category of DA. Kaz-D decided to create a still life photography group :iconstill-life-stills: which i am very proud to have been asked to be co-founder of. We will be sharing many awesome still life photos and other peoples tips of how to improve, inspire and raise more awareness of the still life section of Deviantart.

Now then if you are wanting a tasty subject to try out these tips on, why not check out some of my recipes!


food gallery [link]

my recipes [link]

Polymer Clay gallery [link]

my Etsy store [link]
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SageLark Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for this, I am a beginner food photographer and this will help me a lot! ;)
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claremanson Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Good to hear :)
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SageLark Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. ^^
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:icontheintern55:
TheIntern55 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah, so helpful, thanks!
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Welcome :)
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:iconjolinnar:
Jolinnar Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
These are excellent tips sot just for food but for close range photography in general.
Very well done!
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks I am glad you find them usual :)
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:iconmikkan213:
mikkan213 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
ja

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mikkan213 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
hahahahhahahhhhah!

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:iconrokulie:
rokulie Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks for the tips! This is something I have been interested in doing for awhile. I hate when I see terrible photos of food because sometimes the dish looks really gross in poor lighting! Why would I want to make/eat something that looks so unappetizing? Haha.
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I feel just the same!
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SorbetBerry Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist
thank you so much! this tutorial is excellent! It provides examples and plenty of information, is easy to understand, and has good grammar! Plus, the photos are awesome and the food looks delicious!
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I am very glad you find is helpful :)
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SorbetBerry Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist
no prob! thanks again!
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sophiagreco Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Super informative and clear tutorial! Thanks for sharing some great tips.

A quick question for you: what program do you use to create your tutorials? Is that Gimp as well? I'm trying to figure out how to make a tutorial of my own, and I'm not sure what program I should attempt this with.
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claremanson Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
yes i use Gimp, it's great for a free program, i used to have photoshop until my old pc broke so was really impressed with all you could do with Gimp, took me a few weeks to get the hang of it but once you do it's easy.
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sophiagreco Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Do you have any tutorials or guides to using Gimp that you recommend? I've never really used any photo editing programs before, so I'm not too sure where to start.
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claremanson Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
no i don't but everything i learned has been from the gimp tutorials here on DA there are many from beginners to advanced so that would be a good place to start :)
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sophiagreco Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
OK, I hadn't thought about looking in deviantART, but I definitely will! Thanks for answering my questions!
(sorry for double replying by the way. :/)
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claremanson Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
merry christmas :)
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:iconsophiagreco:
sophiagreco Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Do you have any tutorials or guides to using Gimp that you recommend? I've never really used any photo editing programs before, so I'm not too sure where to start.
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MythrilAngel Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very well thought out tutorial, and extremely helpful. Thank you for submitting it to our group :)
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you, i am glad you think it to be helpful :)
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zeranote17 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
great tutorial!
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you :)
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:iconmaephotography2010:
MaePhotography2010 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I will never get tired of re-reading this :heart:
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:giggle: good to hear :)
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:iconshogunay:
Shogunay Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so going to use this!!!!!
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
enjoy :)
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GrabBagPhoto Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Photographer
Fantastic tutorial!
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you :)
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Thanks for posting this very helpful tutorial! :iconcupcakeplz:
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
you are most welcome :)
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BeforeTheDawning Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
thanks for great tutorial. May I give you a tip? For a macro shot, you can hold a magnifying glass before a camera lens. Hope it helps! :blackrose:
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks :)
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
[link] You've been featured! :)
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:hug:
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Melmee Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
you (or whoever's around the food) must be very patient.. I would have taken a bite out of whatever food was in front of me before thinking "crud.. I cant take the photo anymore ^^; "
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claremanson Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
well unless i am photographing a whole cake then they get to eat the ones that are not pretty enough to be photographed to keep them quiet!
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Melmee Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
:lmao:
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maytel Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
oh wow! thanks for this! It helps a lot! I have lots of issues with photography... which is strange because one of my brother is a photographer and the other one works with cameras for movies! LOL!
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claremanson Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:giggle: that is strange! unless they talk all technical, like to take over or when out of work don;t want to talk cameras which is all understandable :giggle:
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:iconmaytel:
maytel Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
no, it's not like that at all.. I think I might not have the eye, that is all.
My father is also a really good amateur photographer.
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:iconclaremanson:
claremanson Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
maybe it skipped the females of your family! but then again keep practicing as much as you can, that really helps me improve :)
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maytel Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
LOLLLLLLLLL!!
I'll keep that in mind.
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:iconluckydesigns:
luckydesigns Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a great tutorial! I'll definitely keep these tips in mind for future photos. :aww:
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claremanson Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you, i am very glad you have found it helpful :)
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luckydesigns Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:heart:
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:iconla-chatte-noire:
la-chatte-noire Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You made it sound so easy :D Technical terms scare me.
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claremanson Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
as they do me! i had to go to the camera shop the other day. I asked about a couple lenses he had and he started going all technical on me so went away just as clueless as i went in, the only thing i understood was macro and the price lol
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