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Amateur Food Porn? (tips, please)

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Amateur Food Porn? (tips, please)

soupkitten | Jun 5, 2008 03:31 PM

hi. i'm in the position of trying to get a bunch of pictures of food & ingredients taken. a pro is doing some shots involving lighting, and screens, and fancy cameras with zoomie lenses and stuff. (can you tell i know *nothing* about photography? because that's what i'm trying to say-- i'm a camera moron-- although i'm an okay food stylist, i've had to make lots of food look good!)

when the pro packs up his tripods, i get to take some pictures myself with a digital camera-- an okay digital that has a zoom and the various standard settings. i'd appreciate any advice from more seasoned photographers, amateur food stylists, etc. please don't get technical with camera terms, i won't understand you. please also don't suggest the camera or other equipment i should go buy-- i can't afford the stuff. :) i'm also taking pictures of real food, so not looking for advice on making paste look like frosting or milk, etc.

are there any little tips or tricks that people like to use on their own food photos? the food i'm photographing is pretty enough that i think as long as i don't do anything to screw it up, i can get some passable shots-- though i'd love to get some of the mouthwatering images that seem to grace everyone's blogs these days. i'd be *so* proud. i don't have all day to set up shots though. i also need to get some action photos inside a pro kitchen. i figure that as long as i make sure that the mop bucket is out of the frame, well, that's half the battle-- but any tips on composition, effects, what have you?

any tips humbly accepted & very much appreciated. tia.

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