May 11, 2011

How to Photograph Food With A Point And Shoot Camera

Food photography is that art of photography which can easily tempt anyone with it’s liveliness and vibrance, if done properly. Have you ever been tempted by looking at those delicious food snaps on the cover page of a cooking magazine? Food photography is not just any another piece of photography. After all it’s not just about capturing the food with the right camera and knowledge; it’s all about having that capability to easily spellbind anyone looking at your work.

Yesterday I was wondering how will my Sony point and shoot camera perform at photographing the food. Combining the right imagination(how to place the food, where to place and with what background) and my photographic skills, I managed to capture some of the great shots which I would like to share with all of you.

How to photograph strawberries

Strawberries are vibrant red in color. So in order to capture strawberries just keep in mind to…
  • Wash them under running water before taking the shot.
  • Keep them in a white colored bowl/plate. This complements their natural red color. Make sure that the background is neat and complements the color of strawberries.
  • Take the shots in natural light( DO NOT use flash as it will cause the yellow dots on the berries to be highly accentuated and the natural berry color will be out of focus). For taking the shots in natural light prefer to keep the berries by the side of an open window.
  • Use the combination of macro and the rule of thirds. This will improve the overall composition of the photos and the berries will perfectly stand out by using the macro mode.

Example shots:
Note: These shots are not framed or taken by any professional DSLR camera. These are just a few example shots taken by a simple point and shoot. So do not judge these photos professionally.
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With almost the same settings water-melons can also be photographed…
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How to photograph dry fruits and snacks

Here I will be capturing cashew nuts and almonds. These are light in color so using the flash on the camera is again not recommended as it will cause over brightness due to the flash being reflected by the light color of nuts.
  • Use a glass bowl/plate. Keep the background clean or you can also experiment by putting various other nuts in the background.
  • The color of cashew nuts is more appealing if flash is used at a distance with half the optical zoom. Set the ISO level to minimum incase you opt for this setting.
  • If you are not using the flash keep the ISO level around 400 to 600. This helps in sharpening the photo, giving more details to the almonds and cashews.

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