Best cameras for foodie photographers (pictures)
There are as many styles of photographing your food -- from fresh-at-the-market to the crumbs left on your plate -- as there are ways to shoot and share 'em. But you don't want be a laughingstock over photos of your chicken stock. I can't help you with your food, but I can help you avoid Martha Stewart's Twitter ignominy of poorly exposed images with harsh flash and bad color.
Some of the most common problems with food photos include, in no particular order:-- Poor exposure
-- Camera shake (shutter speed too slow)
-- Harsh flash
-- Boring composition
-- Icky colors
-- Color noise (red, green, and blue speckles)
-- Too soft or out of focus
Some can be fixed by simply thinking about the shot. Most importantly, what are you trying to show? If you're enthralled with the bright colors of your sorbet, they're simply not going to show up in an underexposed shot. On the other hand, if you're tickled by the layout on the plate, underexposed might pass. Others can be fixed with appropriate accessories, like a tabletop tripod or a macro lens for your phone. You can also improvise; use a rolled-up section of tablecloth as a stabilizer or have a friend hold a white napkin to bounce the flash. But try not to go all crazy like these folks.
For my recommendations, I'm sticking with relatively smaller, less expensive cameras; once you get past a certain price, almost any camera can produce what you need. And most companies provide a decent app for using your smartphone to upload.
As time goes on I'll update with newer recommendations, so stay tuned.
November 23, 2013 9:00 AM PST
Photo by: Lori Grunin/CNET
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