Food Photography

I’ve taken some food pictures for this blog but I never put much thought in to applying  the best techniques for food photography.  That is, until yesterday.

I am trying to put together a list of recipes that I use often and one of the stipulations I have for myself is that I need to include a picture that I’ve taken of the food to include next to the recipe.

Yesterday I made a breakfast sandwich and I could not get a picture I was happy with.  I used my 18-55mm lens and it was just not working out.

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photo taken with 18-55mm lens and artificial light

I got frustrated with the 18-55mm lens because it would not focus if I got too close.  But if I got further away from the food, the picture lost some of the detail that I wanted to capture.  I thought maybe I can spruce up the picture in Photoshop. Nope.

So I read a few posts about food photography and two of the recommendations that stood out to me were 1.) use a macro lens and 2.) use natural light if possible.

So, that’s what I did this morning.

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photo taken with 60mm macro lens and natural light

Huge difference!  Before I took the picture, I wasn’t sure if it would work because there was barely any light coming in through the kitchen window.  But my lens knew how to make it work.  I like this picture because it shows the detail of the food and the lighting indicates that I was about to enjoy the sandwich in the morning – which I did.

Don’t get me wrong – I have taken decent pictures of food with my 18-55mm lens, like the one shown below but I think I’ll stick with the 60mm macro for a while.

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photo taken with 18-55mm lens and artificial light

What tricks or tips do you have when taking pictures of food?

Pendant Lights

Our dining room is in need of new lighting.  Currently there is an outdated ceiling fan hanging over our dining table.  We only use the light portion; we’ve never turned the fan on.  It needs to go.

I’d like to replace the ceiling fan with a pendant light.  Actually, I like lanterns better, but they are darn expensive, so pendant lighting it is.  I really like these:

What do you think?  What lighting do you have (or wish you had) hanging over your dining table?