Which DSLR for Professional Product and Food Photography - part II

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Re: Which DSLR for Professional Product and Food Photography - part II
In reply to DCooper, May 11, 2014

About shallow depth of field.

1/ the sensor size does not make that much of a difference.

2/ software lets you start with a good photo and ruin it with digital depth of field and blurry-ness, but at least you can save a copy of the good original.

3/ There's not one smart client in the world who wants food pictures that are hard to see. But there are lots of non-smart clients.

4/ If you really want a poor shot that's trendy, backlight the shot so the part of the food that is important and sharp is too dark to see.

Spend an hour in a good magazine shop and bookstore, looking at the cooking magazines and the travel magazines. The travel mags tend to run a lot of food pictures in articles about restaurants.

Think about which shots would make you want to eat the food.

Fuzzy and back lit is really popular, although it does not help initiate a financial transaction between food seller and potential food eater.

As you look at the pictures, think about the differences between shots for ads and shots for editorial use.

Look for differences in shots for stories and shots for recipes, too.

One of my food shots involved travelling to New York City, to photograph a distribution company president standing on the street in front of Grand Central Terminal, holding jars of Canadian mustard.


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