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Sep 15, 2015 11:14 |  #4606

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I should have used a great depth of field on the top one to get more of the filling in focus.

A shallow field has become fashionable for food in recent years. I'd prefer to see more of a dish clearly than you usually do in pro shots in advertising and so on. In your #1, assuming the DoF you used or a slightly deeper one, I would have liked the focus to be more toward the front than it is.


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Sep 15, 2015 11:34 as a reply to  @ OhLook's post |  #4607

Yes, I agree with you too. I think my focus point was set on the center piece of celery and I thought with f4, it would be deep enough to get the front of the filling sharp too. Guess not. Definitely something to consider for the next go around.


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Sep 15, 2015 13:19 |  #4608

I think it all depends on the dish, the setting and how the image will be used. I rarely shoot deeper than F8 and my clients tend to like somewhere between there and wide open. You've got to give a sense of environment, a little boken and certainly intimacy, it is food. I will admit that my style has changed a little since upgrading to L's and a little more since editing in CaptureOne.


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Sep 15, 2015 13:24 |  #4609

Cool! Thanks for your example as well. Very nice! I think if I had focused on the front of the filling vs the celery topping, I might be in the clear, but a little more breathing room wouldn't hurt. I will play around with it some more. I know there's a lot of factors based on size, proximity, etc etc. I have talked to the wife about buying some more interesting plates, settings, etc to go along with our food.


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Sep 15, 2015 16:50 as a reply to  @ tcphoto1's post |  #4610

nice, clean shot!


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Sep 15, 2015 17:07 |  #4611

I am not a pro but I do a fair bit of food shooting. There are two kind of food shots: the more general ones that are meant as a background illustration and the ones specifically showing a dish. The first ones tend to have the shallow depth of field where showing actual texture is less important. In the second category the image should entice the viewer to cook or order the dish and take a bite. In that situation it is more important to show the texture, possible crispness and freshness of the components. As that sort of shots are usually taken close up, depth of field certainly is an issue and I shoot usually with F/11. I think all components that matter should be i focus for at least two thirds.

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A special challenge is the new tred in dishes to be 'deconstructed" by the chef. That usually means a number of components spread out. In those situations it is especially challenging to find the right ratio between depth of field and "over all impression".
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Sep 15, 2015 17:48 as a reply to  @ vk2gwk's post |  #4612

the second one is really intriguing; what is that circular thing? Is it coated with cocoa?


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Sep 15, 2015 17:59 |  #4613

Having a Tilt Shift lens, if you take food photography serious or youre getting paid for it is a must

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Sep 15, 2015 18:48 |  #4614

Great stuff here after a dry spell - really nice work folks!

Anthony - Can I borrow your lens?  :p


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Sep 15, 2015 18:50 |  #4615

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Having a Tilt Shift lens, if you take food photography serious or youre getting paid for it is a must

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That's precisely why I still work with this...


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Sep 15, 2015 19:19 as a reply to  @ Foodguy's post |  #4616

I wouldn't mind borrowing that gear either Foodguy ... I am kidding of course, but, there are certain bits of gear that are essential to taking food photography over the top. You and Anthony hit on two of them and I will add that excellent quality on-demand lighting would be another. I have relied on natural light far too long and am beginning the journey into strobe and flash.


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Sep 15, 2015 19:21 |  #4617

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Having a Tilt Shift lens, if you take food photography serious or youre getting paid for it is a must

After trying a 90TSE I respectfully disagree.


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Sep 15, 2015 21:11 |  #4618

DonJuanMair wrote in post #17709052 (external link)
Having a Tilt Shift lens, if you take food photography serious or youre getting paid for it is a must

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The food looks great! But you have tiny bits on the plate(?), & does it look like a toilet bowl to anyone else? ; )


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Sep 15, 2015 21:13 |  #4619

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The food looks great! But you have tiny bits on the plate(?), & does it look like a toilet bowl to anyone else? ; )

Frank, you're funny! it never occurred to me until you mentioned it :)


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Sep 15, 2015 21:40 |  #4620

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Frank, you're funny! it never occurred to me until you mentioned it :)

Well, I wasn't trying to be funny, but I thought about it for about a half hour & just couldn't get it out of my mind.


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