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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! ;)
claremanson Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Good to hear :)
SageLark Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. ^^
TheIntern55 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah, so helpful, thanks!
claremanson Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Welcome :)
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!
claremanson Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks I am glad you find them usual :)
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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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