How to take great foodporn shots

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I look at foodporn, because it’s beautiful photography.  Honestly.  The honest truth is that I’m not as affected by it as viscerally as some people are.  I look at foodporn as an achievement; can the photo convey the texture, the moisture, the weight, the soul of the food in question.

That said, I love it when people get mad at me for foodporn.  Love it.  When people have an unplanned gastronomic response to a photo, and then get mad at me for showing it to them… that’s good photography.  That’s 10,000 words.

1)  Sunlight is best.  Using the flash will give you bright spots and dark spots; your food will look dead.  Not using flash in a low light situation might give you something salvageable in post production, but you’ll have to keep the camera hella steady, often more steady than is humanly possible.   Sunlight will give you bright, true colors.

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2)  Get right up in there.  Put your camera on the food.  More than a few inches, and you’re too far.  One time, C got so upset at me for some ambush food porn of apple pie (we used to put food porn on the desktop of the recording booth computer, to torture the next person to use it).  She came out of the booth distraught, nearly in tears that she could see the ground cinnamon in the apple pie crust, and the vanilla specks in the ice cream.

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3)  Set your camera to super macro closeup.  You’re camera probably won’t give you the crystal clear superclose-up focus that’s necessary for food porn unless you take it off automatic and set it to super macro closeup.  Read the manual, or just poke around in the menus like I did.  On Sony cameras, there’s a tulip with a magnifying glass.

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That’s it.  There might be more to be said about composition or post production, but then I’d have one of those five item lists the SEO guys are always gushing about…

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2 thoughts on “How to take great foodporn shots

  1. 4) Choose your focal point. I found it’s best to focus on the thing closest to the lens and possibly off center because that’s what your eye wants to focus on first – not the thing in the middle or background. Seems like common sense, but auto-focus doesn’t.


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