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


About Joey C

The creator of Lover of all things Gloucester and Cape Ann. GMG where we bring you the very best our town has to offer because we love to share all the great news and believe that by promoting others in our community everyone wins.
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7 Responses to How Not To Photograph Food For a Blog

  1. laurielufkin says:

    Yum!!! I need some food photography lessons!

  2. Some people are’nt as Anal as you, Joey.
    Silly Wabbit.

  3. Chuck says:

    Food porn – I love it!

  4. Rocko says:

    True, Joey… but check out the bokeh in the Rabbit’s shot. prrrretty.

  5. robbo says:

    Actually, those really close up photos you do of the food always put me off a little – maybe there is a happy medium somewhere…

  6. Kristina says:

    Just goes to show that it ain’t the equipment, it’s the person behind it.

  7. The Rabbit says:

    I love this kid, turns into Mr. Serious on a dime….Thats when it’s perfect timing to really get his goat. First off look at the set of three as a whole. The first one was too far away, the second one too close, and the third being just right…You are a Twinkie thats what I thought you wanted? The last one was a joke too..Sprite in a fisherman’s brew mug..By the way, I’m a silly wabbit and I smell camera envy. I’m sure we can hug this one out brother… Sorry for dragging everyone into our bromance…LOL :-) Touche old chap!

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