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    shoot from above

    hi
    i want to shoot some subjects from above what size lens would you surrgest
    be greatfull for any help

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    Re: shoot from above

    Hi Carole,

    I think it would help enormously if knew what size of subjects you are talking about?
    Thimbles, egg cups, tea cups, people?

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    Re: shoot from above

    sorry ! food shots pasta, cakes ect,
    thanks

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    Re: shoot from above

    Hi Carole,

    Ah, OK, now of course I have realised that I need to know other stuff too, like what camera you have (I assume a DSLR) and what lens(es) you have for it now.

    How often will you need to do this?
    I can imagine, if directly above a steaming plate of pasta, that the lens might get misted up.
    Do you have a tripod?
    How will you be lighting the food?
    How are the pictures going to be used? (Printing yourself, web presentation, etc.)

    Lots of questions I know, but probably necessary to avoid mis-advising you.

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    Cheers,

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    Re: shoot from above

    Food Photography can be a specialized venue. Often the best images are of inedible concoctions. As an example: quite often photographers will substitute shaving cream from a can for whipped cream. It photographs better and lasts longer. Additionally, Coca-Cola will photograph better than black coffee and those plastic ice cubes work better than the real items. The seared grill marks on steaks can be done with brown liquid shoe polish. However, these extreme means probably are only applicable to professional food photographers who shoot for pay. I cannot imagine spoiling a cut of filet mignon with shoe polish just for a picture.

    Here are some sites with food photography information; good luck:

    Food Photography

    O’Reilly Digital Media
    http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/orei...od_photos.html

    Silverace Photogenic Food Photography
    http://www.silverace.com/photogenic/...otography.html

    Food Photography book by Cindy McGill
    http://www.eye.net/eye/issue/issue_1...ink/fo1216.htm

    Making Food Look Good
    http://www.media-awareness.ca/englis...nderForPrint=1

    Professional Photography 101
    http://www.professionalphotography10...graphFood.html

    Michael Ray – Food Photographer
    http://www.foodportfolio.com/

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    Re: shoot from above

    Howdie neighbour, and welcome!!
    You'll get some sound advice here.

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