Sunday, January 9, 2011

Baking in the afternoon

I spent some time in the kitchen today making lunch and apple crisp for dessert.  I would give you the recipe, but it is locked behind Better Homes & Gardens' pay wall.

Food photography can be tricky.  A pleasing angle is slightly lower than the perspective you would have if the dish was sitting in front of you at the table.  Straight overhead photos tend to look bad, unless it is of a flat dish such as a tomato soup.  Otherwise, the food loses all texture and looks flat. 

A straight side view also looks a bit artificial, as you wouldn't normally have that perspective on food that you are about to eat.  The goal of most food photography is to make the dish look "good enough to eat," and part of that is photographing it at a realistic angle.


Nikon D90
105mm - ISO 200
1/60s - f/5.6

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