Food Photography

May 14th, 2022

In this thread I am referring to taking a photograph of some food, located on either a plate or bowl, with a fairly plain background; I am not considering any sort of background or other items around. I find that my best photographs of this type are taken with my iPhone, rather than with my camera. The only way I find I can get photographs that are sharp throughout the whole of the photograph is setting the camera up on a tripod, setting the camera to f11 or f16 and then photo stacking a series of images with the focus point being moved from the bottom of the image, gradually towards the top.

Using this set up my photographs are probably slightly more crisp than those taken with my iPhone, but unless one is looking at the phone images with a view to criticism they are not that much worse than the focus stacked images.

What are members thoughts on this area?

I fully appreciate there is an area of food photography using wider images showing other items on the table, some sharp and some blurred.
May 14th, 2022
I've had the same issue with focus. Sometimes I take the photo from above to get the focus the way I want it. My cellphone camera definitely takes food photos better then my good camera. No idea why.
November 20th, 2022
Food photography is a specialized field. Most of the food photographed for promotions and advertising is never meant to be consumed. They use cheats such as motor oil instead of maple syrup on pancakes. If you're using those photographs as a baseline for what you expect, you're setting yourself up for disappointment.
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