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How Not To Photograph Food For a Blog

While the Mrs was off romping through the mean streets of NYC I had a little quality time with one of my best buds- The Rabbit.

The Rabbit loves photography.  With his very limited income he spends a huge chunck on beautiful lenses and fancy shmancy light attachments for his big ginormous cameras.

So I got off work the other day and called him up for a a little bromance time.  An afternoon snack and then up to Hollywood Hits to catch Up In The Air starring George Clooney.  But I digress.

We get to The Farm Bar and Grille and order up a bunch of appetizers and just before the food comes out I tell the Rabbit go grab his camera and take some pics of the food for the blog.

Proudly he unzips his custom camera bag containing lenses of all sizes and a ring light thingy that fits around the lens and disperses light evenly for nice macro shots.  I’m impressed and it really looks like he knows what he’s doing and all.  To say that I’m not envious of the high tech gadgetry and fancy camera would be a lie.

He tells me he’s going to upload the photos to his Flickr account for me to use on GMG.  Sweet, more content!

I tell him get in tight on the food and he took some great shots right up on the plate which I saw later in the evening when we got back to the house and flipped through the images on the computer.  Very nice pictures of the nachos and the chicken wings with honey mustard sauce.

Now I go to his Flickr page and the few images he chose to upload are ones where he took  from about two feet away from the food and it’s all dark and you can’t really get an idea of what the food really looks like.  Note the pic below from The Rabbit-

IMG_5406e, originally uploaded by bmanpitt.

So there’s a lesson for you guys today.  When taking pictures of food get right up close on it.  Try to either put it someplace that has a dccent amount of light and use the macro setting on your camera (the one that looks like a flower on the camera settings menu).
Instead of the shot like my boy with the $2500 camera set-up took above you can produce images like the one I took below with my $225 camera.
Latitude 43 Crispy Fish Burrito-
click for larger version

 

Chickity Check It- Jim B Media

All this time I thought I had added a link to the incredible art and photography of Jim Barber, but when I just looked it wasn’t there.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, you owe it to yourself to see some of Jim’s incredible photography. This is how a real photographer takes and displays pictures as opossed to my hack work.

Anyway here’s a link-

Jim B Media