A great food photography should make you so hungry that you want to eat the photo in front of you. Depth of field is the distance from the closest point to your eye that appears in focus to the farthest point away from your eye that still seems to be in focus.
Photographers tends to use a shallow depth of field to draw the eye to a specific part of the photo (usually the main piece of food or part of it). Occasionally however, you might wish to close the aperture of your camera to capture a deeper depth of field. Both can work, depends on your style or what the client wants.
At the begging of food photography, images were shot with infinite focus. In the last 15-20 years, food photographers choose to have softer images with only one small piece of the subject sharp.
DOF (depth of field) is a combination between aperture size, lens focal length and the distance between the subject from the lens. You can see in the image some examples.
Tilt shift lenses also can control you DOF, altering the angle of the plane of focus.
A great food photography is a combination of the composition, perfect lighting, and a great style. So, keep shooting!
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Thanks for your tips. I am so trying to improve my food photography which is such a challenge.
Thank you for your tip! Whay kind of camara do you recommend?
I have nikon
I am always looking for ways to improve my photography. Lighting and depth of field being my top projects. Thanks for this!
Great post! I’m very new to food photography and every tip is so welcome.
I am in the same position as Christina. These tips are so welcome!
Happy to help
Great tips – I’m super new to food photography and didn’t know how much there is to it!
Everyday you learn something new about food photography
Yes! Thank you, this is what I want to work on!
I am happy if I can help
Good info on the food pics! Thank you for liking my post on GF Salad Dressings
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Hello. I’m loving your blog. I don’t know much about photography but I borrowed a Nikon to start with and loved it. Currently I’m using my iPhone until I find a new camera but I do love experimenting with photos. It’s lots of fun. Feel free to throw more tips my way. Thanks for following my blog.
Thank you and I will
Over my head, but the food looks good and the roses are beautiful.
Mmmm….your photos are always sooo yummy…and so are your tips….thank you!!!
Excellent pointers on food photography. Many thanks for stopping by Chicklets in the Kitchen. We all appreciate it.
Great post! When I first learned about effectively using shallow DOF I went crazy with it. Learning now to use it selectively.
Things I should consider – actually learning how to take proper pictures. Thanks for the tips!
You are welcome
Thanks so much for the photography tips. Always useful! Your photos are beautiful.
Love your blog, your words and pictures are a work of art’! Keep it up!
Thank you for liking Joyfully Good Banana Bread Muffins! I love your work and recipes. My dream is to have a big beautiful focus lens. I have a middle grade camera but I still have fun. I will have to give you a follow for more!
Thank you. I started with a very small camera and worked my way up. Good light and keep taking photos.
Good tips, but I’m afraid that I will never have great photos with just my old phone camera, not to mention my lack of great settings or dishware. I’ll just have to be content with focusing on the recipes.
I just point my camera, click and hope for the best 🙂
Thank you for the tips. I’m also just learning. I only started about a month age so I have a lot to learn.
You are welcome
very useful…I shoot a lot of still life in my auction work for online offering and this advice applies there as well.
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Thanks for the helpful tips! I’m still figuring out how to best take pictures of food, I find it quite hard 😦
Keep shooting, reading and you will improve
Thanks for the DOF tips, will keep experimenting!
You are welcome
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I have a Canon SX20 IS I would like to take pictures of food with a blurred background. Please assist. Thank you!
Here you can find about aperture and blurred background.
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