Lesson 3 – Finding the Camera Angle

What's Your Angle?

In last two days, you’ve given direction to your food photography. You’ve studied work of some outstanding food photographers. Then you’ve decided what subjects you would like to shoot during the 30-Day challenge.

In next few days we will focus on how to improve photographic composition.

Creating a good composition requires you to make several decisions. In next few days, we will look at three decisions that everyone needs to make for creating a photograph.

The first of those decisions is camera angle – the angle from which you chose to shoot the subject. Your photographic composition will be have more impact if you consciously make this decision, rather than pressing the button number of times and waiting for a beautiful photo to appear automatically.

Most Common Camera Angle To Shoot Food

What do you think is the most common camera angle used  by new food photographers?

It’s typically between 45 degree to 60 degree when measured from horizontal surface. This is the most common angle not because food looks beautiful at this angle, but because most people don’t make a conscious decision about the camera angle.

If you notice, 45 degree to 60 degree is also the normal viewing angle for food. Food at this angle looks pretty boring.

So if this is not the angle of choice, what is the best camera angle to use?

The answer is quite simple: it depends. It depends on what type of food is it. It depends on how food is plated. The angle of choice depends on lot of different things.

If you’ve been listening to LFP food photographer interviews, you’ll know that almost all photographers explore their subject a lot.

They start in one position with a certain camera angle in mind, and they move around their subject or move towards the subject or move away from it. They explore the subject from different angles. Exploring your perspective and camera angle is part of the process.

Finding the best camera angle for your subject is also an exploration. You have to work and explore your subject and find the angle that makes it look beautiful. In the extra (blue) section below, there is more reading material for those interested.

Here’s today’s assignment.

Today’s Assignment

Estimated Time – 30 mins

Step 1 – Choose a subject to shoot. Finish preparations and set it up on the surface.

Step 2 – Now decide the camera angle you would like to start with. Take a photo from this angle.

Step 3 – Now change this camera angle. Take photo from a new angle and repeat this until you have exhausted options and are satisfied with the outcome.

Step 4 – Review all the photos you’ve taken. Do not skip this step. Count how many different camera angles you used.

Step 5 – In the comments below, share how many different camera angles you used and tell us at which angle did you get the best result. (If you don't want to use Facebook or Google login, click the option to post as a guest.)

Step 6 –Upload your best photo in the lesson album in course facebook group. Next, view what other participants have uploaded and leave a thoughtful comment on their photo in the lesson album in the facebook group. [Important: You will need to be a group member to see the album page. Please make sure you have requested access for the Course Facebook group, without this you won't be able to see any of the lesson albums].


Now for those who would like to learn more. Below are some more details... yes! but please take action. Don't  just read and forget, do something about it.

Choosing A Camera Angle

There are some guidelines, you can follow to decide what camera angle would work for your subject. Let's look at these:

  1. Food Structure - Does your food dish have a good height? Or is it more flat? This can help you choose a better camera angle. Food with height look better at a lower camera angle, where as, food with no height may look more appealing when shot top-down.
  2. Background - Is the background noisy or distracting? Is there a certain angle that will minimize the noise and distractions in the background?
  3. Direction of Light - We will talk about lighting in future, but is there a certain angle that accentuates the light and texture in food?

Further Reading

Here are some more articles to read about choosing a camera angle:

  1. The Best Camera Angle for Taking Food Photos 
  2. Smart Food Photographer's Guide to Choosing the Camera Angle
  • Jackie Rudberg

    As I post at least once a week on my blog, I thought I’d use something I worked on this weekend. I shot this cake from several angles doing a series with the cake whole and then a slice of the cake. For the whole cake, the top down was best; but for the slice, the side was best. In future, I would pick a different plate for the slice! Here are the two best photos from all the angles I tried.

  • Jackie Rudberg

    Photos didn’t appear to upload…

  • Jackie Rudberg

    Picture didn’t upload… first time

    • This looks delicious! Are you using an overhead light? I think natural lighting would really bring out the colors of the fruit.

    • Jackie Rudberg

      Hi Ginnie – thanks! my space is very dark so I have to use artificial light and yes, it’s angled above the food. I’m going to try to reposition it this week for different effects. Everyone’s photos are truly amazing – beautiful work.

    • If you didn’t already eat this amazing tart, put it on an old sheet pan or cutting board and take it outside to shoot. I’m betting it would help with white balance.

    • Jackie Rudberg

      Thanks Lisa – I just now saw your comment. Unfortunately, my family devoured it! I’ll try that the next time around.

  • lynn

    From the garden

    • Lorinda Clark McKinnon

      I like the top one best. It’s lovely – I especially like the hint of light in the background.

      • The Mad Scientist’s Kitchen

        Love this

    • jane

      I love the bird-eye-view pic better (the 2nd one). But.. why so tight cropping? I just miss the rest of the plate 🙁

    • Beautiful lighting!

    • Nice lighting

    • Michelle Ordonez

      Nice photo. i love the colors and the lighting.

    • SIMONE

      lovely colours…

    • I like the first one best, nice composition and good lighting.

    • Alessandro

      nice light, it’s a color party. I prefer the first one. In my opinion, for both, leave a little more space on the top and the bottom of the image worked better.

    • Shyamal Majmundar

      Really looks very clean shot!

    • I like the top one better it ake me one to eat those peppers.

    • Sue

      I like the top down one best again. I’m really going for this today.

    • Sandy

      Very nice colors and composition. Makes me hungry, yum!

  • Guest

    Here goes nothing….I shot 6 different angles. Remember, I’m shooting leftovers, so this is last night’s sirloin steak with caramelized onions and oven-roasted Brussel’s sprouts.

    • Guest

      Photo didn’t load first time for me either….Here ya go.

  • Guest

    Here goes nothing….I shot 6 different angles. Remember, I’m shooting leftovers, so this is last night’s sirloin steak with caramelized onions and oven-roasted Brussel’s sprouts.

  • Guest

    My photo was too large. Can’t be more than 2 mb. Here goes nothing….I shot 6 different angles. Remember, I’m shooting leftovers, so this is last night’s sirloin steak with caramelized onions and oven-roasted Brussel’s sprouts.

  • Why did it list me as a guest post? ugh….I shot 6 different angles. Remember, I’m shooting leftovers, so this is last night’s sirloin steak with caramelized onions and oven-roasted Brussel’s sprouts.

    • Kristin Nicole

      It doesn’t look bad, but a bit dark. This is all about lighting. I have the same problem with some of my photo’s too. But all in all, pretty good for left overs 😉

    • I agree with Kristin about the light, but……you nailed making leftovers look appetizing!

      • Thanks ladies. I have Lightroom 5 so let me lighten it up a bit and see what you think. Stay tuned.

      • A little bit of drizzled olive oil on day old meat goes a long way!

    • I love close-ups but I would have shot this from more far away. And maybe with some olive oil coming on the meat? But I can smell the onions and get hungry. I go for breakfast now… 😉

    • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

      I think that it’s a little too close up – it’s kind of in your face and it takes a second to see what everything is.

  • Donna

    I did my photos outdoors and chose these fruits because I am about to make a smoothie with them. I did all the possible angles and liked these two views the best.

    • Lovely.

      • Donna

        Thank you!

    • Isabel

      Delicious!

      • Donna

        Thank you Isabel!

    • Kristin Nicole

      I love the blur out in the back. Great shot

    • Donna

      Thank you Kristin Nicole! I appreciate all the kind and positive comments here.

    • Beautiful lighting Donna! I like the angle of the first shot best.

    • These are both beautiful! I think I slightly prefer the first to the second picture because the scene has more depth to it and the peaches have really great highlights that they seem to be missing a bit in the second photograph. But both pictures make me want to get to our farmers market soon to pick up some fruit!

    • Very nice! I like the top down shot especially. My only observation is that the top shot is very tightly cropped – perhaps leave a little extra space above the peach half and to the left of the raspberries.

      • Donna

        Thank you Ginnie for your constructive comment. I see what you mean.

    • Anu Shoj

      beautiful colors

    • Karen Hall Sarraga

      Lovely colors. The first image is most appealing to me because it feels as if I’m sitting on the porch, about to rech out to take a piece of the fruit. It captures a sense of relaxation.

    • I first one is by far better… the DOF is really nice.

    • Robin Martin

      I like how the red in the berries compliment the peaches. DOF makes it interesting too

    • Meg White

      The top one is my fave – gorgeous!

    • The top one is the one I like most. It makes me reach out and take a piece of fruit.

    • My preference is the first image, I really like the depth.

    • I like the blurry- ness at the back

    • Sue

      I like the top down one best, beautifully sharp and screams summer.

    • Sandy

      I like both photos but really like the depth of field on the first one.

    • Lynne317

      Lovely colors and textures!

    • I like the first shot the blurriness in the back and the dark coloured mint leaves, the brightness of the berries

    • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

      maybe a little too close?

  • Glenda Embree

    I shot four angles on this photo, some in landscape, some in portrait. It’s my homemade caramel apple ice cream. I like this one the best.

    • Isabel

      I like it!

      • Glenda Embree

        Thanks, Isabel!

    • Kristin Nicole

      Yum, looks delish

      • Glenda Embree

        Thank you!

    • I like all the bright colors – it makes the neutral color ice cream really stand out.

  • Ashley Cattell

    Egyptian Licorice tea, Tuesday afternoon. Explored various angles, I didn’t like how the 0’s, 45’s and shots from above turned out. I liked this angle the best, not too sure what it is, maybe 25-35?

    • Kris Giamouridou

      Hi Ashley, I cannot see what’s inside your tee cup, which I adore… 🙂 and I like how light ”hits” the cup. But you left quite of empty space in front of the plate… something is missing…

      • Ashley Cattell

        Thank you for the feedback Kris 🙂 it helps to hear what others think. This process is entirely new to me and I’m really enjoying it.

        • Kris Giamouridou

          You are right! Having fun, learning and enjoying this cource is the most important thing… 😀 I bet that by the end of this course you will see the difference

  • Rinda Koban

    My hot tea and cookies photo. I tried 2 angles,from 45 n 90 degrees,and the 90 degrees one is the better one because the background is cluttered in the 45 degrees.

    • Kristin Nicole

      Love that you can see the tea with the cookies on the bottom. 🙂

  • Guest

    Photo taken from different angles can complement each other.

  • Alexandra Sheremetova

    Photo taken from different angles can complement each other

  • PrettyPolymath

    Here are some pictures of chimney cakes I took at at 60 degree angle. This angle actually worked out the best for two photos!

    • jane

      Ah i really miss this food!!! What is the name? I always buy it whenever I go to Czech :(. You made it by yourself?
      Well, the pictures look so yummy! Oh my monitor is all wet now 😛

      • PrettyPolymath

        Thanks Jane! They are called Kürtőskalács or chimney cakes. I made them at home- it’s actually pretty easy to make!

        • jane

          Thanks!! Will hunt the recipe 🙂

  • Photos taken from 50-60 degree and 2nd one at about 90 degree I guess.

    • Jens Erik Ebbesen

      I really like the background on the first one, however you have some noise in the upper right corner that can distract the viewer. But a really good shot.

      • I should crop it out…it is distracting.I’m posting the new one. Thanks for the feedback!

        • Jens Erik Ebbesen

          Nice – well done and much better – I really like that picture.

    • jane

      Both looks good 🙂 all clean and minimalist! Thumbs up!

    • I really like the photo with the white background. Very simple, pure, and bright.

    • Shyamal Majmundar

      I like the 2nd one , it looks beautiful in color contrast!

    • Sue

      I prefer the white background one, just because it doesn’t detract from the fruit.

      • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

        I agree!

  • Kristin Nicole

    Okay first off I had said I was going to do eggs, but I made a parfait which was one of my top 5 choices on the assignment haha. I hope that’s okay…. I probably took about 4 to 5 different angle shots and I do different zoom in and out shots along with vertical and landscape styles. After about 30+ photos, this is one of my favorite shots.

    • Oznur

      I like it:)

      • Melissa Cua

        I really love this shot! 🙂

        • Beautiful! Love your depth of field and the “mess” on the side, that fills it with authenticity and ambience.

          • Kristin Nicole

            Thank you Sif

        • Kristin Nicole

          Thank you Melissa

    • Really nice picture!

      • Kristin Nicole

        Thank you Manpreet

    • Jess @ Floptimism

      Beautiful! I’m still trying to master the top-down shot. I’ve always wanted to take a picture like this one.

    • Emma

      I really like this picture! The blur of the background and sharpnes of the granola (?) and berrys draws the eye to the dish. The “mess” on the side fills it with life, makes it more real…

      • Kristin Nicole

        Thank you Emma

    • Very nice!

    • Beautiful! I like this angle and your depth of field. You might want to crop out that little black bit at the bottom left?

      • Kristin Nicole

        Thank you Katie – I noticed it after 🙁 I have to definitely crop it out

    • jane

      Beautiful, nice shot 🙂

    • Really beautiful! I like the styling. The dark area in the lower left corner is somewhat distracting.

      • Kristin Nicole

        Yes, I noticed after 🙁 I have to crop it out

    • Nice photo. I like the “mess” on the board. My only other thought when looking at this photo is that I see more of the back half of the glass which makes it feel like it’s tipping forward just a little bit. It also makes me wonder if the parfait has layers to it in the glass??? If it does, I’d probably like to see them. And eat this…it’s yummy looking!

      • Kristin Nicole

        Thank you Judy. Yes it has layers haha, I had to only pick one for this shot, so I picked this one, but in my blog I always put a few different angles and I always get the angle with the layers 😉

      • Jayasri Ravi

        It so beautiful the berries look real like pick me up

    • so so beautiful!

    • Anu Shoj

      very nice pic…v beautiful, sharp n clear…

    • Mary Pavona Taylor

      Great angle, love the clarity of your berries.

    • lynn

      I love this photo. I feel like it is from a granola cereal box photo, very nice.

    • SIMONE

      great textural composition!

    • Robin Martin

      This looks so natural with some on the table. Is the glass plain or decorative?

      • Kristin Nicole

        The glass is plain – it’s actually a wine glass hehe

    • mymorna

      Love the styling! One minor thing: what’s the black thing in the bottom left corner? It’s a bit distracting..

      • Kristin Nicole

        Yes I didn’t notice it when I posted it, I have to crop it out ;(

    • I would like to fall in and eat all! Great!

      • Kristin Nicole

        LOL 😉

    • Kitchen Karma

      What a lovely photo! Perfect lighting!

    • It’s so beautifully composed!

    • That’s gorgeous, love the light hitting the berries and the blur of the counter. What’s your aperture?

      • Kristin Nicole

        I used ISO 200 I had pretty good light coming in this day 🙂

        • Todd

          aperture or shutter 1/60?

          • Kristin Nicole

            Sorry the aperture was at F4 – Shutter at 1/60 and ISO at 200

    • I think that the overhead’s perfect for this dish as it is very graphic. I myself usually aim for a lower shot when shooting a parfait (to emphasize the layers), yet you’ve reminded me that it’s always worth to try out something different.

      • Kristin Nicole

        Thanks Jule – I take both angles 🙂 I like the above angle and I also took a front angle to see the layers. I usually post a few different angels on my blog, but I liked this photo and I could only pick one for the assignment LOL

    • Shyamal Majmundar

      like the picture. Top angle is really justify the subject i think!

    • This is sp beautiful. I like the softness of the picture

      • Kristin Nicole

        Thank you Shobee

    • Kevin Timmons

      Lovely photo, looks yummy. Good space for text on right hand side too if used in a magazine article.

      • Thank you Kevin – hopefully one day my stuff will be in magazines hehe 🙂

    • Sandy

      I love the shot and how it was composed. The blurred berries and grain add texture to the shot.

    • Irine Gromova

      So inspiring! I’m trying my best to create such a natural mess on photos… still trying ))

    • John Vaillancourt

      Great shot! I love the atmosphere you’ve created here. The contrast between the central in-focus and surrounding blur really make the picture. Maybe you could have offset it a bit to the right to let the crumbs flow a little bit more?

    • Adrienne Proctor

      I really like the texture and the colors. It’s one of those photos that makes me say, “Where’s my spoon?”

    • Lynne317

      Your parfait looks divine! I like the scattered oatmeal and berries alongside the glass.

    • Roz

      I love this shot and wish to achieve this level of photography! Can you share what you did with every setting?

      • Roz – I like to place my stuff near open light. Daylight is the best lighting, and sometimes I take my photos outside, but in this case a good amount of lighting was coming in and I used aperture at F4 – Shutter at 1/60 and ISO at 200

        • Roz

          Kristin, thank you so much! I will try those settings and see what happens to my photos. Your shots are just lovely!

          • Just remember that it also depends on your lighting. I used this because of the lighting in my house, but for example the other day I was taking pictures of my recipe and I had to higher the aperture to let light in and higher the ISO, You just have to play with it and look at your photo after you take it a
            nd go from there.

    • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

      Very nice photo! I like the top-down angle.

    • Joolz

      Really beautiful photograph and nice composition, including the things on the board. For me, the oat and the purple segment of the berry that’s right next to it pull my focus because they’re so much lighter than the dark berry around them – the oat is maybe the lightest part of the image. A quick darkening of both in Ps or Lr take care of that.

  • Judy

    I did about 6 different angles, the two best were straight on and 90 degree (overhead shot), my favorite angle being the straight on shot

    • Judy

      Why are the photos not posting?

      • The Mad Scientist’s Kitchen

        Love the first one.

    • Jess @ Floptimism

      The lighting in this picture is stunning! It really makes the limes pop.

      • Judy

        Thanks so much!

    • I agree with you about liking the straight on the best. I love the bright color of the limes and the minimalist look of both of these photos.

      • Judy

        Thank you! They’re minimalist cuz I wasn’t trying to make blog worthy pretty pics, just play with angles with some fruit thrown in a bowl. Maybe I should try that more often 🙂

        • Ha! Those are definitely blog-worthy limes. 🙂

          • Lovely shot! You capture the light beautifully 🙂

    • Love it. Love the light. Love the white bowl. Love the background. Love it.

    • jane

      I love the first one :). The shadow which appears on the right side makes the picture looks better.
      The second picture with bird eye view is kinda flat, imho.
      This is my idea: play a little bit with the napkin, or, don’t shoot at dead center 🙂

      • Glenda Embree

        Love that straight on shot!

      • Judy

        Thanks Jane. I agree! Not fond of the overhead but boy you should have seen some of the other angles…not good! I’ll style my photo next time 🙂

        • jane

          Totally agree! We are here to learn it anyway 🙂 cheers!

    • Karen Schmautz

      I really like this angle. Up close and personal.

    • I like both the angle & the lighting

      • Guest

        Me too

    • I love the light! And the first one.

      • Nancy Verstraeten

        I agree

    • Love the light !!! Wonderful !!!

    • Krystallia Giamouridou

      Hi there! I like both of your pics and I will kind of disagree with Jane for the second one. I believe that this pic is ideally centered, because your subject has dimensions and different shapes. It’s not that geometrical. I like the textile you used too… 🙂

    • The straight on is beautiful. I am not a fan of the overhead picture, sorry

      • No need to be sorry… I don’t like it at all, but I thought we were suppose to post our two best angles 🙂

        • Sue

          Oh lord after uploading the first one, I don’t want to try adding a second! Think I’m stuck on one! Hey ho.

    • Shyamal Majmundar

      i like the first one pick , because it highlights the subjects texture and dimension very well, highlight- midtone- shadow.
      I could imagine the shot at little bit top down angle, would be highlight the green subject more and lesser white bowl , may looks even batter. I guess!

    • Love the lighting.. What time of the day is this? Beautiful.

      • Around 3:30 in the afternoon

    • Kristin Nicole

      Great shot, I love the light on the limes.

    • Sue

      I think you really made the limes pop in the second one, but the linen needed to be off set so the first one wins overall. I love the reflections in the side of the bowl on the first one too, well captured Judy.

    • I love the first one the light falling on it is so beautiful

    • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

      I like the straight on photo, something seems to flat with the photo looking down onto the bowl of limes.

  • Oznur

    I took at at 30, 45, 60, 90 degree angles. This angle (90) actually worked out the best;)

    • Anne Livingston

      I like it from the top, too–the texture from the frosting really shines from this angle.

    • Love this one!

    • Yum! Love the frosting texture.

    • The Mad Scientist’s Kitchen

      Wow

  • lydiaf1963

    I took photos from 5 different angles plus changing the orientation of the camera. I didn’t do any other editing other than to resize the photos. I prefer the overhead shot and wish I’d opened the aperture more for the lowest angle.

    • lydiaf1963

      Not sure why my photos didn’t load, either. They’re small.

      • lydiaf1963

        Ahhh…well, I’ve learned to refresh the screen 🙂

  • Oznur

    I took at at 30,45,60, 90 degree angle. This angle actually worked out the best..

    • Anne Livingston

      I like this angle too! The texture on the frosting is really allowed to shine.

  • Anne Livingston

    I tried straight on from the side, and various angles ranging from 10 to 90 degrees. Straight from the top seemed to work best for this dish. It made it easiest to see what the subject actually IS (the side angle view looked cool but didn’t make sense), while still having a slightly graphic quality against the black of the bowl.

  • Anne Livingston

    I tried many, many angles ranging from 0 degrees (exactly from side) to 90, and found that from the top is best for this subject. From the side looked cool but didn’t “read” very well. From the top you can see what the subject is and still get the nice contrast of the shells against the inside of the bowl.

    • Anne Livingston

      I”m wondering why my picture is not showing up? Anyone know? I uploaded it but cannot see it here.

      • Try refreshing the screen.

        • Anne Livingston

          Thank you, Manpreet! Got it.

    • Lovely shot! The colors are textures are really great. My only suggestion would be to extend the blue backdrop throughout the whole photo.

    • i´m not sure about the crop choice but i like the light and composition

    • Like the composition and the dark violett background.

    • Kitchen Karma

      Really nice shot! It’s looking so fresh and vibrant!

    • The Mad Scientist’s Kitchen

      Lovely shot.

    • Kristin Nicole

      Love over shots, this is a great photo

  • Oznur

    I tried 5 angles, 20 degree is the best…

    • jane

      The lighting looks flat to me 🙁

    • I agree. That cupcake in the center should have some more light playing on it — especially with those gorgeous swirls.

  • I took about 6 different angles, I picked this cucumber for lunch but it didn’t make it to the table. I’ve had to post signs “Don’t eat the photo shoot!”
    It was fun to look at the different angles of the resulting photos while thinking about the photographers I looked at yesterday. I’ve so much to learn!

  • Hummm, I wonder where the photo went on my first response? Here it is again.

    • jane

      Hmmm… no comment. All in good place 🙂 cheers!

      • Karen Schmautz

        I like this photo very much. I think the cucumbers look very good from the top.

  • Why doesn’t my photo show?

  • Lorinda Clark McKinnon

    I tried 6 angles for these peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, but went with a close-up from a child’s view. My thought was to try to represent a special snack waiting for a kid after a hard day at school. Thus the paper napkin and short glass of milk. The hardest choice was between vertical and horizontal. Usually I’d choose vertical, but this just seemed right.

    • Jess @ Floptimism

      I love the thought process behind this angle!

      • Lorinda Clark McKinnon

        Thanks, Jess!

    • snack time! I like the composition, though you might back off just a tad (1″) from the front of the plate. Nice lighting too!

      • Lorinda Clark McKinnon

        Thanks, Lisa. I may have cropped it too much.

    • Kevin Timmons

      Nice light Lorinda, these look yummy and I feel like i could reach in and eat one right now. My only comment, and it’s just my opinion, is that these could be a little brighter in post production. I have done a quick edit on it in Photoshop if you would like me to post it.

      • Lorinda Clark McKinnon

        Absolutely! Thanks, Kevin.

        • Kevin Timmons

          Okay here you are. I have just lightened things up a bit and added a bit of sharpness too. Hope you like it.

          • Lorinda Clark McKinnon

            Wow, I can especially see the difference in the milk and the bottom cookie. I had edited it a bit to begin with – clarity, sharpness, and highlights – but obviously not enough. Thank you so much.

          • Kevin Timmons

            Oh! It is working then, it isn’t showing at this end. You might get it several times now, sorry about that. Glad you like it though.

          • Lorinda Clark McKinnon

            Could you see my response? If not, I copied it here.

            Wow, I can especially see the difference in the milk and the bottom cookie. I had edited it a bit to begin with – clarity, sharpness, and highlights – but obviously not enough. Thank you so much.

            I really appreciate the help. I’m struggling a little already…just read through Day 4 and am completely out of my element. Guess I’ll be digging out the manual for my camera and doing some research tonight! It’ll be good for me.

          • Kevin Timmons

            I don’t think I have day 4 yet here in the UK. Looking forward to getting it though. If you need any help in photoshop or lightroom just let me know. I have been using photoshop as a retoucher for over 20 years. Good luck with day 4.

          • Kevin Timmons

            You are welcome!

        • Kevin Timmons

          Hi Lorinda, I am trying to post this but it doesn’t appear to be working very well. I will try again tomorrow./Users/KevT/Desktop/Cookies2.jpg

        • Kevin Timmons

          Hope this one works!

        • Kevin Timmons

          Can’t get this to upload for some reason, sorry

          • Lorinda Clark McKinnon

            It posted – and looked GREAT.

  • Natalia

    Spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg.

  • Natalia

    ones more. Spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg.

    • jane

      Love the bokeh

  • Jess @ Floptimism

    I tried about 4+ camera angles: top-down, straight on, 45, 20(ish), and a few in between. I also moved the bowl of almonds to 2 different heights — once perched on a table and once perched on a lower foot stool, to change my angle in relation to it. Plus I tried moving around a lot to see how the lighting changed when I took the picture from different sides of the table/stool. This was the shot I settled with.

    (also, this bowl of almonds is the first thing I’ve ever shot in manual — after years of dragging my feet saying things like, “I really need to learn how to use my camera in manual…” I finally just…went for it!)

  • I ended up taking about taking about 40 shots split up between about 5 or 6 different angles. I discovered that I liked positioning my camera vertically, and slightly below table height the best, but I also liked about a 60-degree angle too. 90-degrees above was definitely not good at all! Surprisingly, I thought table height would be good, but I preferred well above or slightly below. The first picture is shot from slightly below table height, trying for a summer evening glass of wine on the porch feel while the second is from around 60 degrees above table height:

    • My photos didn’t show up, so I’m trying again….

    • Whoops, I just needed to refresh my screen – sorry for the double upload!

    • jane

      All good, Katie! Love the second one better, the first picture looks a little bit yellowish, but the angle is good 🙂

    • I like the porch photo – great atmosphere!

  • The lighting where I live was awful so I chose a drink photo that I took for my blog last Friday. I took pictures from all angles, straight on, side, from the top, you name it. This was the most appealing to me, although I didn’t get the tops of the straws, which in my opinion takes away from the photo.

    • The lighting is very nice here and I love the colors. I agree about the straws:) Also, the object in the lower right corner is distracting, but overall I like it!

      • Hi Ginnie,

        Thank you for your feedback. You’re right, the pizza board is distracting! These photos were part of a Friday Happy Hour post that also had a Mexican pizza sharing the spotlight. Thanks to you and this class, I’m already learning what NOT to do. It’s all in the details, right?

        Best,
        Linda

    • Even I did drinks today and even I was having second thoughts about the straws in my photo. Lovely picture

    • Good one! 🙂

    • Very lovely picture. I always find photographing drinks very difficult

    • Kristin Nicole

      I think it’s great to have all angles, you can take a top photo and blur out the straw, that would be cool and you can see the inside of the cup. But you did a great job, this is a great pic and it looks really refreshing.

      • Thank you so much Kristin. I took a picture from the top but it just didn’t look good to me. I’ll keep trying!

  • jane

    I have tried three angles before I decided the best angle: 90, 45 and 0.
    For me, 0° is the best one because it doesn’t flat. Comments are very welcome 🙂

    • jane

      The picture isn’t uploaded properly?

      • Judy

        Beautiful photo, I like the composition

        • jane

          Thank you, Judy 😀

      • Lorinda Clark McKinnon

        I love this! Usually I’m attracted to light, bright photos, but this has a wonderful tone and rustic feel. My favorite so far.

        • jane

          Thank you, Lorinda! Have a good day 🙂

      • Oh so country and rustic. Brilliant.

        • Thank you for your comment 🙂

          • Delightful colours.

          • Thank you Annalisa

          • The Mad Scientist’s Kitchen

            Beautiful

        • Thank you Deepa for leaving me a comment. Have a nice day.

        • Love both of these. Great colours!

      • Kitchen Karma

        Very rustic, nice composition and lighting!

        • Thank you Kitchen Karma

      • srividya padmanabhan

        Love it, lovely tones, the garlic just gives this image a lovely contrast.

        • thank you Srividya. The garlic are there for balancing the color tone, so that the picture won’t be so orange.

      • Pratima

        It looks like a painting!

        • Thank you Pratima. I don’t know why it looks blurry 🙁 Maybe I make a mistake by resizing it or it has been compressed too strong..

      • Sue

        Tell me about it, I can’t get mine to upload full stop!

        • I was uploaded my photo twice because the first one didn’t appear completely.
          What I did is only refresh my browser…

      • Sue

        Lovely colours and tones.

      • Sandy

        Love, love your photo. This picture resembles Katie Quinn Davies work. It has a still life painting appearance. Just awesome!

      • Lynne317

        Onions, garlic and shallots are great subjects to photograph! I love the rustic feel of the image.

        • thank you Lynne 🙂

      • I like the rustic look and the lighting, which I still need to learn

      • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

        The background and the props that you used for the onions, shallots & garlic are really nice, your picture gives off a very calm feeling. Who knew that onions, shallots and garlic could be so lovely 🙂

    • lydiaf1963

      Love the light in this.

      • jane

        Thank you Lydia! Have a good day 🙂

    • Marko

      Wow, i kinda get a feeling like I’m in my grandmas home! Love it!

      • jane

        Thank you Marko! Your comment brightens my day 😡

    • Karen Hall Sarraga

      I really like the warmth and contrast of colors. The lighting is very appealing too. It looks very comfortable and natural.

      • jane

        Thank you Karen!

    • Jackie Rudberg

      Love this photo. It’s intimate and appealing.

      • jane

        Thank you Jackie. I am trying to learn how to shoot a rustic photo 🙂

    • Shyamal Majmundar

      Wow! this looks really beautiful picture!

      • wow thank you!

    • This looks like a painting. It is absolutely stunning.

      • Thank you Claudia 😀

    • This does looks like a painting.

      • I hope you like it 🙂

    • Kristin Nicole

      This almost looks like a painting, did you use a filter? or is this straight from your camera?

      • Thank you :). No, I never use filter for all my food pics. It could destroy the actual color. I shot in RAW and then enhanced the color and ambient with Lightroom.
        The orange ambient was coming from the background I used and natural light.

        • Kristin Nicole

          Wow i love it. I have heard of lightroom and I have thought about getting it but I currently use Photoshop CS6. How do you like it? Do you think it’s worth getting?

          • Lightroom is easier to learn than PS, I must say (that’s why I like it, it is very compact). Unfortunately, for advanced image manipulation, Lightroom has a lack of it. For instance if you want to combine photos, Lightroom is not capable of doing it.
            Or if you want to edit a variety of graphics, Lightroom is not the one you are looking for.

            In PS, if you are not careful, it’s easy to accidentally save over your original picture. Lightroom does not save over your original one.
            So, it is a draw then.. But, Lightroom is worth getting, I must say! I fall in love at first sight *teehee*

          • Haha, I get you. Well in CS6 it saves the image you edit and then you can also save original, it won’t let you x out of it without asking if you want to save original photo.

          • Eh? You mean “save as” or “save for web”?
            I… accidentaly (for more than x times) hit ctrl+s and my original photo was overwritten.. *uh oh screw me

            What I miss in Lightroom are masking and layers. Therefore, Lightroom is not suitable for advanced editing.

            Maybe this link can help you:
            http://photographylife.com/photoshop-vs-lightroom

            Lightroom is (well, the main purpose, just like what on the link says) there for managing a large Number of pictures with a little bit capability for editing images.

          • Save for web 😉 – yea it can be tricky. I don’t mind photoshop, and it’s all I have used, but I have heard good things about Lightroom. But maybe I will just stick to Photoshop then lol

          • hahahahahhaa.. There are always negative and positive sides for each software. It’s a marketing strategy, so that you buy the whole bundle completely 😛

          • True haha

    • Karen Schmautz

      This is quite nice. The tones and color are very beautiful and I love the composition. It looks like a painting.

      • Thank you Karen

    • I did an almost 0º also. It quite nice. I had some garlic heads photographed 😉

  • Divya Shivaraman

    I chose to shoot tomato today and shot in about 8 different angles turning 360′ on the subject. The below pics were the one i chose to share

  • Donna

    Thank you Linda and Katie. I appreciate your helpful feedback.

  • Divya Shivaraman

  • Divya Shivaraman

    not sure why pics are not getting uploaded properly

  • Divya Shivaraman

    Tomatoes…

  • I photographed a small bowl of cherries from a number of angles. This shot, which was taken with the camera almost level with the table, ended up being my favorite.

    • Jackie Rudberg

      I really like this style of food photo – it makes you want to grab the cherry in the forefront by making them so palatable.

    • Kristin Nicole

      I love it, the cherry open in half, you can see it’s juicy and the blur out cherries in the back. Great shot

      • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

        I was going to say something similar 🙂

  • Lynne317

    I am out of town at the moment and only have my smartphone with me, thus my coffee beans have been photographed with it.

  • frannybolsa

    Cherries. Love the colour and the texture

  • Lynne317

    I’m out of town with just my smartphone as my main camera, thus my photo for this lesson is taken with the phone.

    • Wow! I love the bokeh around the coffee bean! 🙂

      • I like it! It tells me it is light roast coffee beans. And the colour tones are just lovely.

        • Really good work. Love the way you work with the sharpness on the coffee beans and the effect of the blurriness around the bowl!

          • The Mad Scientist’s Kitchen

            Wow with a smartphone.???

      • Lynne317

        Thank you, Jane

    • With your smartphone? WOW!

      • Lynne317

        I do love my iPhone. Thanks, crumbs on travel!

    • Lovely shot !! With tour smartphone.. wow !! 🙂

      • Lynne317

        Thanks, Manuala

    • Connie Kays-Gordon

      Very nice.

      • Lynne317

        Thanks, Connie Kays-Gordon!

    • Very stunning photograph. I love the beans in the background. It’s playful but amazingly well captured

      • Lynne317

        Thank you, Claudia.

    • Sharon Ann Snowdon

      Fabulous shot, really impressive that you took this with a phone!!

      • Lynne317

        Thanks, Sharon. I have the Camera+ app which allows one to pick focus and exposure.

    • Love the props. It is so soft.

      • Lynne317

        Thanks, Shobee. I am at my daughter’s house, so scrounged around for some props before choosing the placemat as a background along with the fringed napkin. The plate usually holds a candle.

    • Kristin Nicole

      Well you did an awesome job with your PHONE. What phone do you have? Did you use any filters or this is just a straight shot, I see you got a great blur on the side. LOVE it.

      • Lynne317

        I have the iPhone 5 and use the Camera+app and I blurred the background just a bit with another app, but at the moment can’t remember

        • Very nice shot. I definitely need a new phone lol 🙂

    • Adry Foto Pad

      great shot lynne .. do u mind me asking wat app u used for the photo i seem to have trouble with my iphone …

      • Lynne317

        Thanks, Adry Foto Pad, I have Camera+ on my iPhone 5 which I use more than the native camera. The background was blurred some with another app, but not sure which one. I use my phone a lot taking photos of food and sometimes, can’t tell much of a difference from my big camera except when I see that the resolution is 72.

        • Adry Foto Pad

          thank you..

    • Sue

      Well you did really well Lynne. That’s a lovely shot.

      • Lynne317

        Thank you, Sue!

    • Sandy

      What a great shot. I can’t believe it was taken with your phone. Nice!!

      • Lynne317

        Thank you, Sandy. I love using the iPhone and a lot of the time when I use my big camera, I also take a shot with the phone.

    • Oh! love the colour combo nice shot

    • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

      I like the blur!

      • Lynne317

        Thanks, Ambrosia! I’m back home now so can use my big camera!

        • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

          how did you achieve the blur with your smartphone, and what camera do you normally use?

  • Marko

    So, here are the spices. I picked 3 of them because i didn’t want to have too much mess there at the same time. And I decided to make star anis the star of this shoot. The other two were cinnamon and nutmeg. I tried 4 different angles, for me, 0 degrees worked the best. I tried few backgrounds too, the black one looked the best to me. And here it is 🙂

    • Too close, I think. What is your light source?

      • Marko

        It was dark outside when i took this shoot, so i used the lamp that i had in my room to make the light. When I tried to make a shoot that wasn’t so close, the detailes weren’t so visible, so i decidet to take a close one like this. And of course, you have to have in mind that i don’t have my camera with me, i took this with my phone camera 😀 Later on as I was watching it I realised that i could of cropped the left part a little bit, so anis would be more in center. I did that on my computer and the shoot looked much better to me 😀 Still learning. Thanks for your comment, I like to hear what other people have to say. What else would you do to make this shoot better? 🙂

    • Kris Giamouridou

      Hi Marko! When you go too close to your subject the ”front” line objects tend to get bigger at the actuall photo. Maybe letting some space on the front or rearranging your spices would have given you a better photo. Nice try… 🙂

  • Lynne317

    I’m not sure why my posts don’t show up! I’ve been uploading from my phone as I am out of town. I will try again!

  • Hello guys, i decided to photograph some fruits intead of coffee and spices. i took 7 shots using diffuse natural light. hope u like it.

  • frannybolsa

    Cherries. Love colour and texture

    • me too! great texture & pop of color

      • Lovely photo … the contrast of the circles and the hints of circles against the background. And the lighting gives texture to the fruit. Yum.

    • Very pretty! I’m thinking warm cherry pie coming soon.

    • turmericnspice

      Love the composition and light

    • Love the background you used and the color of the fruit is popping out.

    • lynn

      Very cool photo, I love the background and the cherries off to the side as well…

    • Beautiful. Love the composition and colors.

    • Wow! Very cherriful and beautiful! Love it!

    • I normally don’t like ‘dark’ photos but this one is so perfect and beautiful!

    • Dani

      Love this photo. Those cherries are so shiny. The colours are gorgeous and the dark background really complements the fruit.

    • Lili Basic Capaccetti

      Beautiful photo!

    • Rosemary

      I love this photo, I really like dark photos.

    • Alessandro

      I love this low key image. It’s early morning and after pick them up you are readi to prepare a great jam.
      would you invite us for a snack?

      • frannybolsa

        Unfortunately. All cherries in this photo were consumed. With ice cream.

        • Sue

          Oh and you didn’t share! They look yummy too. Think this is a lovely pic.

      • I love dark background they look vibrant

    • Karon

      love the richness of this pic, the colours are gorgeous.

    • Krystallia Giamouridou

      Pls send us some of those cherries! There are so beautiful…

    • Kristin Nicole

      I love the background, very rustic… what did you use? The cherries on the right are a bit blurred, it could be a little more crisp, but overall great shot.

      • frannybolsa

        The background is a very well used cookie sheet 🙂

    • Shyamal Majmundar

      Really lovely composition and balancing i feel in the image. I like it.

    • I love the combination with the background, the cherries really pop

    • GT

      Beautiful color and mood :-). I am guessing the background is a well-seasoned cookie sheet?

    • Love this too. Guys, you are a pro…

    • This is gorgeous! The contrast and lighting is amazing. I love using old cookie sheets as background, they add so much texture to the photo.

      • frannybolsa

        I agree. Well seasoned cookie sheets are a fantastic background.

    • Nicely done.

    • Kevin Timmons

      Great composition, love the spilt cherries to the left of shot.

    • Sandy

      This is a beautiful shot. Love the way the bowl of cherries are off centered. Nicely done!

    • Sara Cremese

      the low key light choice , in my opinion, brings a organic feeling to the image. Love it! The drops of waters are telling me you have just pick them, it’s the sense of time I’m capturing.

    • Lynne317

      Perfect setup for the berries and the lighting and rustic background is lovely.

    • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

      the dark background really makes the red pop, love it!

    • Paul Robertson

      Very nice indeed. I love the overall colour, the placement of the container and the placement of the spilt cherries, and I love the textured surface used here, it all looks great together. I have nothing to offer for any improvements with this image.

    • gorgeous angle and picture

  • Lynne317

    As I am out of town, I only have my smartphone to take photos for Lesson 3. The image is of coffee beans taken with my phone.

  • Guest

    mixed fruit. the peach doesn’t look quite as appetizing as it tasted 🙁

  • mixed fruit. the peach doesn’t look quite as appetizing as it tasted though 🙁

    • why is the image not showing up?

  • Guest

    I used 7 different angles and I liked this one best because you can see the strawberry and the cream on the spoon

  • Karen Schmautz

    I tried 7 different angles and I liked this one the best ( a little lower than eye level if you were sitting at the table.) I thought it showed the strawberry and cream on the spoon best. Whipped cream does not last very long (begins to wilt and melt), so I had to work very fast.

    • HI Karen!!

      • Karen Schmautz

        Hey!

        • The Mad Scientist’s Kitchen

          Wow I will give my arm to shoot like this. Its amazing

          • Karen Schmautz

            Thank you. I took this course a year ago and greatly improved my photography, so here I am back again because I have come to a standstill again. (My styling stinks.)

      • Karen Schmautz

        Hey! Good to see you on this forum

    • Lorinda Clark McKinnon

      This makes me crave strawberries…very appealing. And I really like the crisp linen. Looks like it came right off the line.

      • Karen Schmautz

        Thank you so much. Inherited linens.

    • I do agree with you! The spoon and the cream make the strawberries more appealing and pop up, and attract me to stop by and leaving you a comment 🙂

      • Karen Schmautz

        Thank you Jane. I’m learning.

    • This is exactly the way I want to do my photos! Light, simple, with soft colors..

    • Connie Kays-Gordon

      Hey Miss Karen, I thought I recognized your work! Hope you and the Yes Chef are doing well. I really like the floral table cloth with the reds and muted blue that highlights the berry box. You, of course picked a hard one with the whipped cream but have nailed it. BTW Yes Chef’s Gazpacho with Watermelon is on my menu for the annual Community Garden Dinner. It is a regular summertime dish in my repertoire.

      • Karen Schmautz

        Connie!!!!! So happy to “see” you. I probably won’t be doing whipped cream too much because it wilts so fast, but the chocolate whipped cream appealed to my senses. I did have to do a little photoshop to get rid of some of the holes that appeared. I am so happy you are enjoying the Watermelon Gazpacho. I want to make it again before the season is over. I hope you are doing well!

    • Krystallia Giamouridou

      Hello Karen, I must say I recognize your profile picture too he he he. I like your photo especially the contrast and white balance. Love-love-love the textiles you used. I mush say though that there is plenty of empty space on the upper right…

      • Karen Schmautz

        I agree and I’m not really crazy about the dark area on the top right, but I am trying to frame up in the camera (don’t ask me why), so I didn’t crop it in.

        • Krystallia Giamouridou

          Maybe a vertical shot would have probably ”restricted” your frame 🙂 Once again… great job! Enjoy your day…

    • Kristin Nicole

      Okay so when do I get invited over for this lol. This looks delish, I love the blurred strawberries in the background. Great shot

    • Shyamal Majmundar

      I really feel fresh look in the picture and i feel live, live on the table , front to this plate, feeling yummy! eager to eat it fast!
      I like the background material and it’s texture and design and colors matching with the main subject, creates nice harmony!

    • Sue

      Looks quite yummy Karen. You have some lovely props there. Only thing I would say is I’d try to eradicate the crease in that lovely floral cloth in the background at the left. I love your linens, very envious. The light and DOF are lovely too.

    • beautiful is all I can say,

      • Karen Schmautz

        Thank you

    • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

      Yummy! Your picture is super crisp and well framed. I want to eat it!!!

  • Guest

    I made this cake yesterday and shot it from so many angles. This is what I like best.

    • Guest

      My photo doesn’t show. Here is my cake photo. I liked this angle among so many others..

  • Gayathri Kumar

    I made this cake yesterday and shot at different angles. This is what I like most..

  • Anu Shoj

    This is one of the example I tried with prepared food. This is an Indian flat bread made with Wheat Flour and Beetroot, it’s called as “Beetroot Paratha”. “Paratha” means flat bread. I took different angles with different placing, liked these two.

    • Anu Shoj

      not sure if the pic appeared..

      • Anu Shoj

        if anyone can see the pics, please reply. Thanks

        • Gayathri Kumar

          We can see the photos Anu. Even when I loaded my photo, it didn’t show immediately. But after a while it was there in the comments..

          • Anu Shoj

            Thank Gayathri 🙂

      • Tricia Joseph

        Yes, I can see it.

        • Anu Shoj

          Thank you Tricia, for your reply. 🙂

      • Is the recipe for this bread already on your blog? I have to try it 🙂

        • Anu Shoj

          yes, and here is the link: http://anuzhealthykitchen.blogspot.com/2014/08/spicy-beetroot-paratha.html

          Note: I used Indian Whole Wheat Flour, other spice level you can definitely alter accordingly.

          Thanks for trying this recipe and let me know if you need any more information, I would be happy to help or email me at anushoj (at) gmail (dot) com or add a comment line in my blog post.

          Curious to know how it turns out for you. 🙂

          Cheers
          Anu

          • Thank you. I will try it next week and let you know 🙂

          • Anu Shoj

            sure 🙂

  • You eat M&M’s in movie theatres, roll them on the tables, enjoy the colours and the fun. You also have to be quick to eat them, as everyone else likes them too. I tried shooting, 90 degrees, 60, 45 and 0.
    Thought that this photo summed it up for me as it seems like they are rollings so this creates and urgency to eat them.
    7 photos taken at various angles and positions.

  • Guest

    Hi all. So this is my absolute very first food shot. I kept it simple: I shot cherries. For both I used my 100mm macro in my backyard using the afternoon light. Not the best…The first is a close up and the second, I wanted to evoke the feeling of washed cherries before being prepared for a pie. All comments welcome.

    • great with the water on them!

    • Hi Tricia!! What a lovely shot! The dripping water makes cherries more fresh 😀

    • The second is sooo good! And the combination of both is great as well!

    • Karen Schmautz

      I like the one with the water. So much movement and deliciousness.

    • Wish I had a macro.

    • Sandy

      I like the picture with the water. Very nice!

    • Kris Giamouridou

      Dear Tricia, I like how your lens brings out the colour of the fruits and how the light ”hits” them and make them a bit shiny. But macro lens also shows every detail too. Forgive me if I am wrong, but it seems the ”star” (focused) cherry is a little bit wilted….

  • Guest

    Hi everyone. This is my first attempt at food photography. I shot cherries in my backyard int he afternoon light with my 100mm macro. All comments welcome.

  • Guest

    Pics

  • Tricia Joseph

    Hi everyone. This is my first attempt at food photography. I shot cherries in my backyard int he afternoon light with my 100mm macro. All comments welcome.

    • Stephanie Elie

      I love this one with the water flowing through. Gorgeous.

      • Tricia Joseph

        Thank you very much Stephanie!!

  • Guest

    I shot about 7 different angles, and in the end, this plate looked best at a very high angle, 75 degrees or more.

  • Ann G

    This is one of my famous smoothie. I shot it from three angles, top view,
    slightly tilted view, and side view.

    • Meg White

      The lighting seems a bit too harsh in this photo… I like the composition though!

      • Ann G

        Thanks you for the comment. I will take note

  • Guest

    I shot half a dozen different angles. This one, taken at about 60 degrees seemed to turn out better than the others. Shooting straight on, or at a low angle looked very cramped and increasing the angle more than 60 degrees just didn’t seem to do justice to the drink or the orange wedge. Please ignore the manky strawberries, they were the last two left in the fridge 😉

  • Sharon

    I shot half a dozen different angles. This one, taken at about 60 degrees seemed to turn out better than the others. Shooting straight on, or at a low angle looked very cramped and increasing the angle more than 60 degrees just didn’t seem to do justice to the drink or the orange wedge. Please ignore the manky strawberries, they were the last two left in the fridge 😉

  • I shot this plate of raw vegetables from three different angles outside on a deck. This was from about a week ago. There were many trees to give the area nice shade. I really like the first one posted here and the third angle I disliked enough not to post it. I felt the background was too distracting.

  • I worked on 2 projects today. The first was gluten free apple nut muffins. I wanted the ‘kitchen towel’ to look as if I had just taken them off the oven and laid them onto my rustic kitchen towel. Then I thought I would change the ‘towel.’ Thought I would share with you that my ‘towels’ are actually fabric from used clothes that I have purchased from a thrift store. I can find many beautiful linen skirts and cut them up to make table cloths, etc. Size 20 (to fit the really big girls) or larger are the best. :}

  • Anu Shoj

    another trial with Honey….didn’t want to prepare any food this time, but use the things that I have in my pantry…Liked these 3 pics

  • Guest

    I worked on 2 projects today. I will post the other one in a few minutes. The first was gluten free apple nut muffins. I wanted the ‘kitchen towel’ to look as if I had just taken them off the oven and laid them onto my rustic kitchen towel. Then I thought I would change the ‘towel.’ Thought I would share with you that my ‘towels’ are actually fabric from used clothes that I have purchased from a thrift store. I can find many beautiful linen skirts and cut them up to make table cloths, etc. Size 20 (to fit the really big girls) or larger are the best. :}

  • raycountry

    I shot four to five angles and ended up with this as my favorite because you can see the color and textures of the individual items in the salad. I also liked it a bit off center because it looks less static.

  • This was my second shot for the day: gluten free apple nut muffins. I wanted the
    ‘kitchen towel’ to look as if I had just taken them off the oven and
    laid them onto my rustic kitchen towel. Then I thought I would change
    the ‘towel.’ Thought I would share with you that my ‘towels’ are
    actually fabric from used clothes that I have purchased from a thrift
    store. I can find many beautiful linen skirts and cut them up to make
    table cloths, etc. Size 20 (to fit the really big girls) or larger are
    the best. :}

    • Prefer the third one : – wish I could try them 😉

      • The third photo is great lots of texture and lovely light. How about straightening the line of the table.

    • Kitchen Karma

      I prefer the first one, like how to have slightly raised one of the muffins….

    • I love the third one. The angle is lovely and the baking pan slightly to the left is a great idea! The lighting is also good.

    • 1st one is good. 2nd a little too dark. 3rd, is just right!

    • Kevin Timmons

      First one for my wife and me. Nice shot, these look yummy!

  • I am posting images and reducing their size so that they are under 2mb and they won’t post. BUMMER!

  • Chad Socha

    In the past with a lot of what I have cooked or baked I had mainly gone with closer , tighter shots showing more of the subject on it’s own and not as much incorporating other aspects. In this case (I had made a duck confit with a aprcicot-wine sauce) and I tried different angles to incorporate all the aspects, i.e. plate with food and the rest of the table setup for a meal.

    • What a great bokeh!

    • Kris Giamouridou

      I aggree with crums on travel, but I can hardly see your subject, which is over-covered with the apricot-wine sauce… 🙁 the angle is kind of distractive. Sorry 🙁

  • Arturo Féliz-Camilo

    Cherry tomatoes. From above. I started with the 45’s but liked this one better.

  • Donna Currie

    Okay, this is weird. I just got the email with the lesson about this an hour ago – while we were eating dinner. Now it’s too dark to take photos in decent natural light. But I see that some people posted their photos as much as 9 hours ago … curious. Anyway, this is a photo I took the other day. I always take a lot of photos from different angles. This is the one I think is best from this particular set.

    • turmericnspice

      Love that amazing texture

      • Donna Currie

        Thanks – I photograph a LOT of bread.

    • I am craving for bread now… great shot!

    • Kitchen Karma

      Very nice clarity and sharpness!

    • Connie Kays-Gordon

      Donna, That is beautiful.

    • Kristin Nicole

      This picture is great. Did you take it indoor. I love the dark background for the bread. Looks fresh and delicious.

      • Donna Currie

        It’s indoors by a window – it’s where I take all of my photos. Or most of them. Thanks!

    • The angle on this is perfect, the way you have the bread angled back to the right adds nice depth, and I also like the way the shadow hits the back while highlighting the soft interior. Well done.

  • My first project was blueberries. This vase that they are in is special to me. It came from my childhood. I love the paintings of the Dutch masters. I wanted to take something simple and make it appear to be like a painting and to resemble the moodiness from that period. I changed the position of the light to experiment with rear lighting. For the image with the side lighting, I used a reflector that I made by taping aluminum foil to an 11 x 14 piece of foam core. I wanted for it to gently open up the area that was in the dark.

    • Lorinda Clark McKinnon

      Love the second one. Very, very nice!

  • Guest

    Red currants. While shooting (and actually gathering), I thought that I made a lot of nice pictures. Not that much, finally.

  • Guest

    I shot this plate of raw vegetables from three different angles outside on a deck. This was from about a week ago. There were many trees to give the area nice shade. I really like the first one posted here and the third angle I disliked enough not to post it. I felt the background was too distracting.

  • Irine Gromova

    Red currants. While shooting (and actually gathering), I thought that I made a lot of nice pictures. Not that much, finally

    • turmericnspice

      So pretty

      • Irine Gromova

        thanks 🙂

    • The Mad Scientist’s Kitchen

      Wow the colours are so beautifully inviting.

      • Irine Gromova

        thank you 🙂

    • Kristin Nicole

      I love this. I have taken shots like this myself on my travels to Georgia farmlands. I love the color and the blurred background. GREAT SHOT

    • This is so vibrant — what settings were you using to get such a dramatic blur?

      • Irine Gromova

        thank you 🙂 1/640, 1.4, 50 mm lens.

    • Sandy

      Nice picture and vibrant. Like the angle of the shot.

      • Irine Gromova

        thank you so much 🙂

  • I love the Dutch masters, and I wanted to do something with these blueberries to make them look like a planting. I photographed them from the side, but I changed the light. I was able to maintain my ‘painting’ look with each lighting change.

    • I love the second one! The lighting is not flat and more rustic to me. The angle looks also good! Have a wonderful day 🙂

      • I love the second one also … I just might have cropped a little more of the dark top part away. Lovely.

    • Without reading your text your work reminded me of a dutch master. Very nice!

    • Kitchen Karma

      Lovely!

    • Lovely! So simple and your work with the light is beautiful and so impactful 🙂

    • Daniel Boivin

      Sexy pics! Love them!

  • Guest

    I shot these raw vegetables from 3 different angles. They were taken about a week ago on a deck that was surrounded by trees outside. The trees offered plenty of nice shade. I really like the first one posted here.

  • Photos aren’t posting well. I have tried multiple times to get them to without luck.

  • Hina

    I made Indian Chickpea Curry. I took 10 shots of the same curry using 2 – 3 different angles. Here are my two favorite shots from two different angles

  • Hina

    I decide to shoot Indian Chickpea Curry. I took around 10 shots of the same dish from 2 – 3 different angles. The photos are not edited. Here are my two favorite angles:

    • Nancy Verstraeten

      I prefer the composition of the second one

    • Kris Giamouridou

      Love your bowl (1st pic), but something about the way you cropped the pic spoils the image 🙁

  • Guest

    I shot this photo about a week ago outside on a deck surrounded by large trees. I took photos from three different angles and I really like the one I posted here.

    • Good lighting. I think I would peel back a few of the outer lettuce leaves because they are unruly. Maybe put all the veggies in a small basket – so it looks like A LOT of veggies, then sprinkle with some water. When you take the picture try to highlight water droplets to convey freshness and dew.

  • Guest

    I shot three angles and like this one the best. Outside on a deck surrounded by trees.

  • Here´s my three attempts – in my opinion lacked details on the composition but we are still studying angles.
    I Tried 5 different angles but these are my favourite.

    • The compo is good 🙂 I like the second and the third one.

    • Nancy Verstraeten

      I like the second one

    • I like the first one it’s very different to ‘normal’ photos. And I like the plate!

    • Catherine Castro

      i like the third one! It makes me wanna get utensils and dig in:)

  • I shoot 4-5 angles and liked this angle. I use a tripod when taking pictures and am restricted to only few angles.

    • Great shot!

    • Love the combination of colors!

    • Kitchen Karma

      The blue background and the pink drink is looking nice…personally I feel the green straws are clashing a little…maybe if you could use transparent ones? Just a personal preference….by the way what drink is this Usha? Looks really tempting!

      • I think you are Suchi, yes I agree with you on the straw. I wasn’t sure about the straw color. I did not have transparent ones and pink did not look good either. It is a milkshake made with rose syrup, which is pink in color.

    • Kairit

      Beautiful colours!

    • The Mad Scientist’s Kitchen

      Usha how I wish I could click like this.

    • Kristin Nicole

      Love the colors, great shot

    • Karen Schmautz

      I like this angle, but I would agree that the straws take away from the focus of the subject a little.

      • ok, no more straws from next time.. 🙂

  • Rhashida

    I took pictures of strawberries using a dark background. I love the contrast between the colors and the full angle of the middle berry.

    • very intimating picture. Love the water drop

    • Nancy Verstraeten

      I like the angle, but maybe you should try to reflect some light on the left, because now the left part is almost completely dark. I presume there’s another strawberry there but you can’t see it.

  • Gabriela Bastardo Milano

    Well.
    I was trying to take photos of a mango I found at home and some oat cookies.
    The background were to noise for my taste, I was at my mothers dining room, so it were a hard work but finally I found two angles I like.
    I’m taking the pictures with a “normal” camera, just because I prefer a simple and quick shot.

    • Gabriela Bastardo Milano

      I can’t upload the photos 🙁

  • Dani

    Thought I’d start off with a bowl of pears. Tried overhead shots, head-on shots and around 45 degrees. I found the one I liked best was about 10 degrees on. This made me feel like I could just grab a pear from the photo. I did take over 100 shots to get one I liked (mainly because of exposure, backgrounds, lighting etc)! This shot is the one I liked best.

  • Dani

    Hmm, not sure why my photo is not attached in my previous post.

    Can anyone offer guidance, first time on Disqus. Used the photo attachment icon and chose my file but it’s not showing. I’m on a Mac.

    Help?

    • Tania Knight

      yes mine didn’t work either!

      • Tania Knight

        it did work, I logged out and back in again, yours and mine both came up. 🙂

      • Dani

        Glad I’m not the only one Tania.

  • Tania Knight

    Ok, my first attempt was not very successful using natural light and working in a confined space but this was my best shot! Considering I had to find time to do both assignments today as yesterday’s didn’t work, I think it worked ok. Tomorrow will be planned a lot better!

  • Guest

    my “theme” is Pantry Items… after work I grabbed these onions and did several shots.. this was the best.

  • ….my theme is “pantry items” so after work I grabbed these onions and shot a few shots and this was the best.

  • fif007

    Fresh pasta was my choice to photograph and I chose the overhead shot as I think it was the best way to display the different shapes of the pasta.

    • Love the lighting!! 🙂

      • fif007

        Thank you! Actually natural light 🙂

        • and you block the right side (front side also?) with black diffusers, I assume?

          • fif007

            No .. plate on the kitchen bench. Window at the rear of the photo. Fortunately not a sunny day here in OZ so no shadows!

          • Ah! But you do have shadows. The pastas on the top show it better than the bottom.
            The lighting doesnt look flat after all! 🙂

          • fif007

            What I really meant was harsh shadows caused by direct sunlight!!

          • ah sorry, my bad 🙂

          • I am a fan of shadows!

    • Sarah Linden

      Great angle for showing all four types of pasta! Also, I love the contrast of colors. You kept the background really simple, making the pasta shapes and textures the star.

    • Connie Kays-Gordon

      Great job. The background is perfect.

    • The Mad Scientist’s Kitchen

      Beautiful pic. Love the pasta

    • Sharon Ann Snowdon

      So simple yet beautifully shot.

    • Kristin Nicole

      Love it. It’s simple yet you can see each detail on the different pastas. Great shot

    • Shyamal Majmundar

      I like your idea!

    • Karen Schmautz

      Great choice.

    • Sue

      Simple but so lovely. That background was just perfect.

    • Sandy

      Like how you displayed the pasta. They go beautifully against the black background.

    • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

      great choice in angle as it does showcase all of the details of the pastas.

  • SIMONE

    I made the commitment to photograph something that I cooked or baked daily. So nothing like a beige-brown topic of apple pie with pecan-crumb topping…from the top, sideways, downwards, it’s still a textural mayhem-but I sure learnt a lot.

  • Marta

    So here are my homemade herb-flavored waffle crackers. I tried several angles from 30 to 70 degrees and different sides. I liked this one the most.

  • I have tried tree different angles (45, 60, 90 degree) and these two are my favorite chocolate kuglof shots.:)

    • Yummy, your kuglofs look wonderful! I love the second shot. It says: “Eat me!”

    • Kitchen Karma

      Both the photos have come out really well, but I agree with Elis, the second one is really tempting…it kinda screams ‘eat me’! 🙂

      • Thank you, I‘m glad you like it.:)

    • nice!!! Love the chocolate drops

    • Sanja Manasijević

      Very nice!

    • mlplouff

      I prefer the second one – it makes me want to reach into the frame and grab one.

      • Thank you, this is my favorite too.:)

    • Connie Kays-Gordon

      Your photos make me crave chocolate. Good Job.

    • The Mad Scientist’s Kitchen

      Wish I could grab some off the screen. Love the chocolate glaze.

      • Thank you, I wish I could mail you one of them.:)

    • Kristin Nicole

      I like the second shot, you get the top of the deep rich chocolate and you get the sides which is a great angle of the chocolate dripping down. Great lighting

      • Thank you for your comment Kristin, I appreciate it.:)

    • Shyamal Majmundar

      I like the composition in both the pics.

    • Karen Schmautz

      I like the one on the right best because it shows the height of the pastry. From the top they almost look like doughnuts. Beautiful lighting

    • Sue

      I think they are both great and beautifully laid out. I think I like the second one because it has more detail and you want to try it (even me and I don’t even like chocolate!)

    • Irine Gromova

      I love this one! Looks tasty)

    • Nicely lighted from the back specially the second one. The textures shines more and makes it look even more delicious.

  • Marta

    So here are my homemade herb-flavored waffle crackers. I tried several angles from 30 to 70 degrees and different sides. I liked this one the most.

    • Pic is missing Marta. Can you upload it?

      • Marta

        It seems it takes a couple of minutes for pictures to appear on the site. Do you see it now?

        • Yes Marta. See it now. and it’s awesome. Want to eat it off the pic. The white salt flakes (?) aren’t too clear though? Your thoughts?

          • Marta

            See your point. Thanks. Should add some contrast to the salt to seperate it from the background

  • Kairit

    Breakfast – granola with yogurt and some mango ice cream. I tried different angles, but I think this is the one that works.

    • Pic is missing. Can you add please?

      • Kairit

        Can you see the picture now? It is there, I see it.

      • Yep. Looks fantastic. Love how the layers are neatly defined.

        PS: Sorry! I think disqus is acting up. 🙂

        • Kairit

          Yes 🙂 Login fails too.

        • Kairit

          Thank you. Taste is also very good 🙂

    • Marta

      I like that we can see different layers. Photo looks light and fresh to me

    • Yeah, it really does. Great angle and lighting! Only a little bit tight cropping, imho.

      • Kairit

        You are right, it is a little bit tight cropping unfortunately. This photo was over 2 mb, and I obviously went too far with cropping.

  • First shot of caffeine. Shot with my mobile camera. Will get hold of my DSLR only tomorrow. Made with milk, freshly brewed coffee and a pinch of sugar.

    • Not sure why the image is not going through the first time around!

    • tried couple other angles and this one felt best.

  • OK, the pics keep vanishing. So am uploading again. I hope it stays on. Morning shot of caffeine (pun intended). Taken with mobile camera. Made with milk, freshly brewed coffee and a pinch of sugar.

    • Marta

      I like your dark background and how white inside color of the cups frames coffee

    • Kitchen Karma

      Deepa, I can almost smell the coffee! 🙂

      • Thank you 🙂 I thought my picture vanished from this page 🙂

        • Kitchen Karma

          Nopes could see it perfectly fine!

    • The froth is great and how you captured the light in the bubbles.

  • I used Lentils & veggies(from my garden) for today’s lesson. I tried many different angles. 90,45,65, 20 deg. From about 20 photos I clicked, liked 2. Tried different exposures, zoom in/out and different positions to click. There is shadow in the photo which I’m ok with.
    Comments and feedback are most welcome. 🙂

    • Marta

      I think the colors look great and go well with each other. Like both angles. But maybe the second one a little more

    • Nancy Verstraeten

      I agree with Martha, but I prefer the angle of the second one

      • Thank you Nancy. I think same,~ 60 deg angle looks better

  • Miss Food Fairy

    After trying 3 different camera angles (45, 60 & 90), different coloured cloths and deciding to add a bowl or not, I ended up taking around 30+ photos. This photo of dried chillies spoke to me the most. I like how the bowl is the main focal point with the dried chillies in the front and back slightly out of focus. The green napkin brought the red out in the chillies more than the other colours I tried.

    • Miss Food Fairy

      Here’s the photo – didn’t upload before!

  • Gaga

    zucchini. I chose these two images…

  • I chose to shoot citrus fruit today. Tried 8 different angles ,around 30+ photos and this is what I like most. Comments are welcome.

    • Kristin Nicole

      What a great shot, did you take this inside? I love the background dark and the oranges just pop with color.

      • Thank you Kristen Nicole. Yes, it was shot inside. Light coming from window on left.

    • Karen Schmautz

      It looks so refreshing. Good choice on angle.

    • love the condensation on the lemon and the orange looks so juicy!

  • I tried four different angles (90, 45, 35 (about), 10 degree) and here are the two favorite shots of my blackberries.

    • I like the second photo best. great colours together. I want to eat them : )

    • Kitchen Karma

      The second photo is beautiful!

      • Thanky very much. I could not find you photo. Am I blind?

    • Both are beautiful, but the second one is gorgeous – love the balance of colors.

  • suhas zimbar

    home made pizza

    • Marta

      I think I would show more of your delicious pizza. In my opinion it’s cropped too much. Maybe you can include some ingredients or a plate with a cut piece of pizza.

      • agree with Marta. It is also too yellow and too small depth of field. If you shoot with a DSLR, you can adjust the white balance to take out the yellow cast!

  • Fernando

    I looked for a low angle and a soft light, with no background at all, for this light Summer food. I do like texts on food pics 🙂

    • Beautiful! Soft light, soft colors, close-up and very yummy

      • Fernando

        Thanks a lot! 🙂 It was yummy indeed.

    • beautiful! clean and minimalist

      • Fernando

        Thank you Jane 🙂

    • Dani

      I think you’ve chosen a great angle Fernando!

      By the way, thanks for your help with my photo attachment issues.

      • Fernando

        Thank you Dani! 🙂

    • The Mad Scientist’s Kitchen

      Beautiful.

    • Kristin Nicole

      Great shot. Light colors 🙂

    • Karen Schmautz

      Beautiful light and gorgeous composition. I feel like I can taste every element on the plate.

    • Love the simplicity of this dish and soft pastel look.:)

  • I decided on peaches. I tried to photograph them in a different way and the second one is resting on a glass. I like the clarity of the second one. I took 4 or 5 different angles and took 20 photos altogether. These were the best 2.

    • The first one!!!!

    • Mihaela D

      very nice set up!

    • Frist one! Great props!

    • Kitchen Karma

      Lovely composition!

    • Alina Kun Gazda

      So cute. If you apply one of those vintage looks to it you could sell it as a postcard.

    • Thanks for your comments everyone! Still got a long wY to go!

    • I feel like I’m on a farm!

    • Sandy

      Love the composition and props on the first shot.

  • Karen Waples

    I took about 7 different angles, and love 3 of them, and the usual angle is close front on. But this one caught my eye. My choices are Desserts, Chocolate and berries, and can’t believe it I did all three in this shot.

    • Marta

      I like your plating. The food looks great from this angle.

    • lovely shot!

  • Guest

    How is this one ? Take from top angle !

  • Prachi

    How is this one ? Take from top angle !
    I like those greens

  • Guest

    I was making Mojito and i shoot this lemon wedge. I tried many angles, but this is so far the best:)

  • Guest

    I was making Mojito and i shot this lemon wedge. I tried many angles, but this is so far the best:)

  • Guest

    I tried out a few different perspectives and think that this one works best for my lemon gugelhupfs with rosemary and pistachio.

    • Dani

      They look delicious! I love the papers underneath the cakes. Did you cut them from a book or are they a commercial product? What a great idea.

    • Catherine Castro

      its so pleasing to the eyes! Very nice!:)

  • OM

    I tried out a few different perspectives and think that this one works best for my lemon gugelhupfs with rosemary and pistachio.

    • Kitchen Karma

      Lovely composition!

      • OM

        thank you!

    • Hmmm.. the mini Guggelhupf!

      I love the cookie coasters. Great compo and lighting also!

      • OM

        thanks, Jane!

    • Alina Kun Gazda

      This is one of my favourites. Well done

      • OM

        thank you, Alina!

    • I like the subject, the angle and the light and the idea of the newspaper napkin. But I think it is a little too much?

      • OM

        Thank you! If you like it – it just cannot be too much :)))

    • Kristin Nicole

      What did you use to place the little cakes on? So cute…. Love the picture, rustic and great light

      • OM

        Thank you, Kristin! Those are neatly cut pages from the old book 🙂

    • Karen Schmautz

      This is a charming photo and a good angle for this food.

      • OM

        Thank you, Karen!

  • I was making Mojito and i shot this lemon wedge. I tried many angles, but this is so far the best:)

    • Marta

      I like your angle and composition. But I think there is too much shadow under the front wedge. It keeps drawing my attention.

  • Betsy

    I made a smoothie for breakfast and snapped some shots of my prep. This was my favorite. I tried a lot of different angles for the lighting.

    • frannybolsa

      The banana is fantastic. I would try softening the lighting just a tad. Maybe diffuse it with a sheet over your light source. This looks like natural light. The colors are nicely balanced. You tell a great story.

  • Guest

    So I photographed red onion today. I tried 4 angles (8cada9b1-bede-4603-84e6-d3a16d3c2e42..jpg) and I finally chose my hero:
    10-20 degrees and more closeup.

  • Guest

    I photographed red onion today. I tried 4 angles (8cada9b1-bede-4603-84e6-d3a16d3c2e42..jpg) and I finally chose my hero:
    10-20 degrees and more closeup.

  • Im unable to post a pic here as the file size if more than 2 MB. Any solutions?

    • Fernando

      Renita, which software are you using? Send me the picture and I’ll try, fernansalcedo @ gmail . com (without spaces)

  • So, I photographed red onion today. I tried 4 angles (http://studio.northy.sk/media/blogs/5/28/8cada9b1-bede-4603-84e6-d3a16d3c2e42..jpg) and I finally chose my hero:
    10-20 degrees and more closeup.

  • So, I photographed red onion today. I tried more angles and I finally chose my hero: 10-20 degrees and more closeup

  • One of my subjects was berries as I almost always have them for breakfast ….. well the supermarket had no berries! So it is plums instead.

    So I used the net curtain draped over an old travel box in the hotel room. It was fun to change the camera angle. I did learn a lot from moving around. I started from the left moved to straight on then over head and finally this one.

  • Sandra

    Seems we have some experts in the group.. I feel very insecure posting this.. I can see edges on the potato’s.. not entirely happy with it.. I used lighting.. and a mirror to reflect some back onto the vegetables.. kind of hard with limited gear. But we’re here to learn… right?? UGH 🙁 I took 25 images, from various angles, this is around 45deg angle which was my favorite.

    • Hello Sandra, even the most expert photographers had their beginning, and I’m sure they also felt like you feel now showing their first pics, so don’t worry! :-)))))))

      • Sandra

        Thank you Annarita 🙂

  • So, I photographed red onion today. I tried more angles and finally chose my hero: 10-20 degrees, more closeup

    • Kristin Nicole

      I love the rustic plate you used and the dark color behind. How did you take this shot? I LOVE IT

      • Thank you Kristin 🙂
        I used two strobes from sides.

    • like the shadow on the left and the tray you’ve set the onion on. Simple, but it really pops!

  • Chef Sank

    Goodmorning everyone. Chef Sank here. So I decide to take a picture of a slice of cake. Seeing as im baking on a daily basis it wont be a problem 🙂 I took the picture in 5 different angles, zoomed in and out and I took about 10 pictures. Tell me what you guys think! This was my best one.

    • Chef Sank

      Pic

    • This is really a very different angle! I like this a lot!

  • Dani

    Another attempt to attach a photo. Not having much luck.

    Thought I’d start off with a bowl of pears. Tried overhead shots, head-on shots and around 45 degrees. I found the one I liked best was about 10 degrees on. This made me feel like I could just grab a pear from the photo. I did take over 100 shots to get one I liked (mainly because of exposure, backgrounds, lighting etc)! This shot is the one I liked best.

    • Dani

      Aaaaarrrggh! Photo still not attaching.

      It shows up in the photo attachment box below the comments but once I post it doesn’t show up in the feed.

      Help?

      • same problem here 🙁

      • Fernando

        Dani, you must refresh the page after posting, and then the picture will appear.

        • Dani

          Thanks Fernando, the photo has finally appeared 26 minutes after posting it and refreshing a couple of times!

    • Fernando

      It was well worth waiting for! Well balanced volumes on that cute backlight, Dani.

    • Really nice! I like the way the stems have movement!

      • Dani

        Thanks Lisa, hard to get that ‘perfect arrangement” as they kept falling over!

  • Mihaela D

    I decided on biscuits and milk and I took about 10 different
    angles, it was a challenge capture the best background .
    My favorite one, 10-20 degrees, more close-up.

  • OK I will try again to see if this comment and photo loads.

    I was planning to photo berries as I eat them most days for breakfast but no berries in the French supermarket! So plums it is.

    I created a little set up in the hotel room with the net curtains and a travel box. I photographed from the left, front and above and the settled for the shot from the right.

  • Rebecca Diepenheim

    I was limited for time today, so I went with my morning coffee. I was in a cafe, so placed the menu to one side, with the sugar bowl in the distance and only just visible. I ended up taking just two photos, as I could see people watching me snapping photos of my coffee and felt a bit daft, to be honest ;). I liked both of the photos, and found it difficult to pick between the two, but have gone with this one, due to it revealing the heart in the milk on top, and the way it sits overall in the frame and the angles of each object in comparison to each other. Hoping to do a better shot of breakfast, lunch or coffee tomorrow 🙂

    • Rebecca Diepenheim

      Sorry, having trouble getting photo to upload, even though it’s under 2MB

      • frannybolsa

        I love the lightening.

  • Chef Sank

    ..

  • I learned that flatter food (soup on the plate, pizza) is better to shoot from the top surfaces and high food (leyered dessert, burger) from the side. I tried various angels ranging from 0-90 degree, around 40-photos. This worked out best. Stuffed eggs with sprats fish, it is the classics of Estonians birthday partys.
    And guys, where is the other pictures of eggs? Yesterday it was a very popular topic:)

    • I like to add all types of angles, but this angle is great. I love how the eggs in the back are blurred out. I love the rustic board with the eggs. 🙂

    • Almost sushi-like in its understated elegance.

  • iris levi

    Picked from our vineyard in the village a few minutes

    • I like the dew you’ve captured on the grapes and the left to right/foreground to background nature of this shot. I think if you could make it brighter/lighter it would be perfect.

    • Kris Giamouridou

      Hi Iris! I like that you sprinkled some water on your grapes (to tell you the truth these are my favorite). But your pic is a bit underexposed… 🙁 sorry

  • Hi all, I tried the four most common angles, and I picked a photo that is from a rather unusual angle for a soup picture. This is my lunch and ‘model of the day’, my spicy lentil cream soup with pesto.

    • Alessandro

      wow — professional styling, nice light beautifull angle

    • Ok, that’s just beautiful! The pesto hits the light just right!

    • This is a great shot. I want to dive into this soup. Love the herb detail on top.

  • iris levi

    ש Picked from our vineyard in the village a few minutes

  • iris levi

    Why I can not share the pictures you took?

  • Hi to everyone , as iam using my point and shoot camera , my photos are some dull .Please post ur comments so that i can improve my photography, as i have used simple veggies which are commonly available in our market, today i used okra for my photos..so pls share all ur comments. I have taken my photos in natural light in three angles….

    • Lili Basic Capaccetti

      Hi, what a nice looking okra, it’s very interesting subject to photograph. I feel like this nice plate is taking away the attention from what you want to be a hero of your image – okra. I think the light is really nice and if you would have put this okra directly on that surface, rather than on a plate, I think it would work better and take this photo to another level. 🙂

  • Lili Basic Capaccetti

    I photographed grapes and tried few different angles as always when I shoot. I took about 10 photos of this setting and decided I like the best this one because of the way light hits the grapes creating strong contrast which I feel fits this scene.

    • Beautiful light and colors!:)

      • Lili Basic Capaccetti

        Thank you, I’m so glad you like it! 🙂

    • Regal.

      • Lili Basic Capaccetti

        Thank you! 🙂

    • Kris Giamouridou

      Nice one Lili! Congrats… Love the transparent plate with the golden wine leaves. Clever 😉

      • Lili Basic Capaccetti

        Thank you Kris! 🙂

  • Pratima

    I have photographed pigeon peas. I took four shots at different angles and like this one the most.

    • This is a beautiful shot. I love the backlighting and how it accentuates the individual beans. Simple background. Very nice!

      • Pratima

        Thank you!

    • Donna S.

      This is beautiful. The the composition is gorgeous. You can actually feel the texture in this. Very nice.

  • Christine P

    As I don’t go into the kitchen much I just use a can of fruit candy with it’s remaining candies as my subject today
    I tried taking from 5 different angles and I like this one best
    Side note: As I don’t have my dslr camera with me right now, I took the pictures with my smartphone which I think produced pretty decent photos.

  • Omer

    Hi! My name is Omer and I’m 14 years old. These are cinnamon flavored morning muffins. I took tons of pictures and I think this is the best one. I tried 90 degrees- right above the muffins, 60 degrees which is a in the middle and a bit above and this one was about 30 degrees and I think it’s the most complimenting angle for this styling and subject.

    • Nice shine from the honey on and around the muffins. Is this natural light?

      • Omer

        Yes, there wasn’t a lot of it so I used low shutter speed. Thanks!

  • Sawsan Abu Farha

    Hello everyone..
    For today I went for cardamom. I took 8 pictures from 6 angles. I usually go for a 90 or 45 angle in my pictures but for today I really liked this image from a lower angel. It is as if someone is coming really close to inspect the cardamom and its pods. I would love to hear what you think of it

    • Alina Kun Gazda

      Lovely shot

      • Sawsan Abu Farha

        Thank you Alina

    • Nabeela Ismail

      So gorgeous Sawsan!

      • Sawsan Abu Farha

        Thank you so much Nabeela 🙂

      • Sawsan Abu Farha

        Thank you so much Nabeela

    • Alessandro

      Sawsan I really like this angle. Cardamom is the real Hero of the immage, as you say it allow to inspect that spice. In my opinion it lack of focus on the seeds.
      grat job.

      • Sawsan Abu Farha

        Thank you kindly Alessandro

    • Krystallia Giamouridou

      Hi Sawsan! I like the way you placed the cardamom pods, but I would prefer that you would have shown us more of the wooden spoon… maybe bring it a bit more to the scenery… Thank you.

      • Sawsan Abu Farha

        Hello Krystallia, I didn’t include more of the spoon because I did not want it to distract from the main subject

    • I like the simplicity of this shot and how you show off the interior of the pod. Great balance.

      • Sawsan Abu Farha

        Thank you Lisa 🙂

  • Meg White

    Of eleven photos, this one is my favorite. It’s a picture of my lunch. I tried many angles, and didn’t like any of the photos, so I added the green napkin, tried more angles and was much more satisfied. I still don’t like the reflection on the cutlery though… and I feel like detail is a bit lost in my cup of cherries… I’d be happy for any tips!

    • Kevin Timmons

      Hi Meg, Nice photo, the food looks lovely. I think you may be loosing some impact on your image in post production.
      I have taken the liberty of doing a quick edit to your image in Photoshop: Hope you don’t mind.

      • Meg White

        That changes a lot! I need to start playing around in Photoshop more often… thanks for the tips!

        • Kevin Timmons

          No problem. Good luck with the rest of the course.

  • Kitchen Karma

    My first photo is of summer fruits. Tried different angles, this was shot with backlight at around 60 degrees. Tried different angles including top down which did not work. I tried cropping the light source in the back, is not looking good with it, so left it like that.

  • natalie james

    This is my pesto shot. i tried 4 or 5 diff angles and 3 diff styling settings but i like this one the most. I am going for fresh, clean and healthy.

  • Guest

    I tried three different angles with my peach & passion fruit sorbet: cca. 30 degree, 65 degree and top-down. I have chosen this one, I think that with this height this angle was the most suitable.

  • As I had told earlier, I have used vegetable ( in this case onions). I shot this picture at around 30-35 degree angle. I took about 10 pics from various angles and then finalized on this one.

  • Zsuzsanna Ötvös

    As I have chosen ice cream as one of my favourite subjects, I have tried different angles with a peach & passion fruit sorbet. I experimented with three different angles: cca. 30 degree, 65 degree and top-down. Since the scooped sorbet has some height, it worked not so well when photographed top-down. I think this was the most suitable angle.

    • I don’t see a photo attached

      • Zsuzsanna Ötvös

        I don’t understand, I can see my photo attached below my comment.

        • Strange, because I don’t. I’m sorry. I see where you attached them, but I can’t view them. Maybe it’s my mobile device

          • me too :(. Shoot.. this disqus is driving me crazy

  • I struggled today. Badly. My lighting at the time I had available to take the shot was too harsh, and my hands were trembling, so I had to knock the ISO up to a level that made my photos grainy. Because I want to focus on beverages, I’ve attached a shot that I took last Christmas for a recipe post on my blog.

    • Nabeela Ismail

      This is beautiful! The bursts of colour really bring the photo alive

      • Alessandro

        How freshness it looks. I want to drink it immediately.

    • Kathy Hester

      I love your photo and they way you have so many textures in it.

    • Kevin Timmons

      I really like this shot, it really does smell of summer.

  • Alina Kun Gazda

    I tried four different angles on this dish (0,45,60,90) both vertical and horizontal and this is what I liked the most. At 0 you can’t see what’s in the bowl at 90 makes it flat and boring. It’s a homemade chicken soup, very simple dish and hard to make it look interesting and appetising. Any comments are welcomed.

    • Mmm, nothing better than homemade chicken soup… love the elegant and simple composition.:)

      • Alina Kun Gazda

        Thanks.Like it too. I think it suits the dish

  • Tina

    Ohhh gosh… i tried any perspective I could try.. and I found two that I like the best.. I can’t decide which one… maybe your feedback helps 😉

    • Alina Kun Gazda

      I love the horizontal one.Great props and colours. Well done

      • Alessandro

        I like the second one too. Probably one stop less was better (it’s only my opinion). Great props, on shabby chic way.

    • My feedback will not help at all.. I like both of them..

    • Horizontal — definitely! Where did you get that wood prop? Gorgeous!

      • Guest

        Coudn’ t agree more… Horizontal would have been the perfect choice

      • Kris Giamouridou

        Couldn’ t agree more the horizontal is better

  • So heres my first food photo ever, please please be kind to me! a took a few photos but this was my best. Its a portion of greek Tzatziki. While watching it, dont you wanna try taste it too?? 🙂

  • Maria

    I took the photos on my way home, tried about 20 times with various angles and locations. In the end…..could not decide by my self so I ask my friends to help me. And this is the best shot I made today. From 0 degree angle with a little bit sunlight flare. My drinking bottle is tall and the upper part is not so good to see…..so this angle is the best to see the orange juice inside it.
    I had so much fun putting the bottle everywhere…ha..ha..ha…..

  • Katharina

    Baking ingredients is one of my subjects, so I choose some white bowls and white ingredients. As I wanted to show the heaped flour and sugar but didn’t want a cluttered background, I choose an angle of 45-60 degrees.

  • henny marlina

    I have tried three angles before I decided this one is the best.

  • Katharina

    Baking ingredients is one of my subjects, so I choose some white bowls and white ingredients. As I wanted to show the heaped flour and sugar but didn’t want a cluttered background, I choose an angle of 45-60 degrees. I think this worked best.

    • henny marlina

      white on white… love it

      • Katharina

        Thank you Henny

    • Lili Basic Capaccetti

      Beautiful!!

      • Katharina

        Thank you Lili

    • nice!

      • Katharina

        Thank you Jane

    • Really, really lovely shots !

      • Katharina

        Thank you Manuela

    • Connie Kays-Gordon

      Fabulous. Love the white on white.

      • Katharina

        Thank you

    • Leslie

      I like how you used very basic cooking ingredients. It also is for the most part white on white, but the kitchen utensils, the canister & flask give the white on white some definition & it doesn’t blend so much that you can’t tell what’s in the picture. I saw other people’s comments where they were trying to improve on their white on white pictures. Nice example of that.

      • Katharina

        Thank you Leslie. Your feedback is appreciated. I think it is always important to add visual interest with a hint of color, shapes and texture

    • Catherine Castro

      Beautiful. I hope someday to learn how to capture white objects. Because as of now it is somewhat wash out.

      • Katharina

        Thank you

    • The Mad Scientist’s Kitchen

      Wow the wooden handles give the pic such a beautiful contrast. Love it.

      • Katharina

        Thank you. Your feedback is appreciated

    • Kristin Nicole

      Great shot and great lighting. Did you take this in door or outside? I love the soft textures and all the white. 🙂

      • Katharina

        Thank you Kristin. I took the photo indoors with a window to my right. On the left I used a white card to reflect some light and soften the shadows

    • Shyamal Majmundar

      Nice! white on white! With brown on contrast! like it.

      • Katharina

        Thank you Shyamal

    • Sue

      Both lovely.

    • Sandy

      Both shots are very nice. I like the contrast with the white and brown. Like how you composed all items together.

    • turmericnspice

      Stunning whites

    • Lynne317

      Very nice props with the wooden spoon and whisk handle giving some added depth to the image.

    • Its beautiful white composition, stunning I love the sugar bowl

    • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

      I think that you nailed white on white! Any tips for how you did it, lighting, etc?

      • Katharina

        Lighting, white balance and exposure are important. I shoot in manual mode with my camera on tripod. I use live view mode where I can better judge hoe shadows are falling. In live view mode I can also judge what effect my white balance setting has. I used daylight white balance setting.. l used natural light coming from a window on the right.At first I had to much shadow on the left so I used a white cardboard to reflect some light into the shadows. Also I checked my histogram on camera to make sure it goes all the way to the right to make sure the whites are white and not grey.

    • Beautifully in white

  • Alessandro

    I took 3 different angle shot (0 ; 45; 10-20). I chose the last one because I think it works better with this setup

    It emphatize a the little height of the elments, allow to see inside the cup and crop distracting elements from the background.
    Probably I exceed with flowers…seems a bit distracting, doesn’t it?
    suggestions and comments will be like gold!

    • For me, all props look in a good place. Maybe you could move the last cup (or what is that?) slightly forward. But this set is good, imho.

    • Kristin Nicole

      Great shot

    • Lovely composition, I just want to sit at this table.:)

    • Karen Schmautz

      Lovely set up. The light is so breakfasty.

    • Alessandro

      Thank you all

    • Light, light I love that light.

      • Alessandro

        Thank you El Oso , I love That light too

  • Nabeela Ismail

    I shot my breakfast fruit parfait. I have shot my breakfast parfaits a few times before so I thought this time I would be more experimental with the angles since I usually shoot from overhead or at 90 degrees. I took about 6 or 7 different angle shots and although the overhead shot was still my favourite I thought this angle (maybe 70?) was a good one and different to the usual view I’m used to choosing.

    • Fernando

      I think it is lovely and only lacks a loser cropping.

      • Nabeela Ismail

        Thanks for the feedback Fernando!

    • Lili Basic Capaccetti

      It’s a beautiful photo! I would just crop it a bit more so that there is not so much of empty white space on the left side.

      • Nabeela Ismail

        Thanks so much Lili!

    • B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L-!
      You picked a right bowl! The bowl’s color is very contrast with what inside the bowl.

      • Nabeela Ismail

        Thank you Jane! I’m happy to hear that.

    • The Mad Scientist’s Kitchen

      Wow

    • Karen Schmautz

      Lovely. The shallow depth of field works with this.

  • Nicole Campbell

    I got home late from work tonight which meant it was dark when I was taking my photo. I normally like to use natural light for food photography but unfortunately this is the best I could do today. I took 52 and used at least 10 or 11 different angles. I had my tripod on the table immediately above the cake but in the end I liked this photo the best and as it turned out it was the first photo I took.

  • Melissa Cua

    I’ve tried using three angles to shoot (90, 45, 0)
    and the last one worked out the best. 90 didn’t really worked out.
    The first photo (on the left) has the better coffee shot but I’m not very satisfied with the background, by the time I got a better background (photo on the right) I’ve already mixed my coffee, thus the appearance.
    Comments are very much appreciated! 🙂

  • sorry for this old photo …. but am really sick and can’t do well hope that next days being better and catch better photos

  • I chose an Indian soup recipe for today`s photo assignment. Took photos from top angle, side angles and from the base of glass even. Found the top angle to be the best.

  • Rosemary

    I chose tomatoes (fresh from the garden) and I did about 5 different angles. I preferred this 1..

  • Marissa O’Donnell

    My photo of the fruit in the bowl was taken indoors, using available flourescent light. Would have liked to use daylight but by the time I get to do the lesson it was already night time because of time difference. I chose fruits because I have some available in the fridge. I used white bowl and plate on white table to make the fruits stand out. This is the result and one of my favorite shots from other images.

    • what can I say? I enjoy your picture very much, Marissa! Clean, colorful and minimalist 🙂

      • Marissa O’Donnell

        thank you Jane!

      • Marissa O’Donnell

        Thank you Jane!

    • Katharina

      Beautiful, uncomplicated…..love it

      • Marissa O’Donnell

        Thank you Katharina!

  • Alessandro

    Hey Guys,
    thats a great “class” I see only bautifull shot. Your passion is contagious! GREAT!

  • Nicole Campbell

    I arrived home late from work this evening which meant I had to take my photo in the dark. I normally like to use natural light when photographing food. I took 52 photos and tried approximately 10 different angles. The photo I have posted was actually the first photo I took.

    • whoah!!! give me a slice please!
      nice compo and lighting. Well done!

    • Lorinda Clark McKinnon

      Great photo, and beauuuuuutiful cake.

    • Nancy Verstraeten

      Just finished dinner. To bad I can’t eat your cake as dessert. Looks delicious!

    • I like it, I think if you zoomed out a little, so we can see the whole plate — maybe with a fork ready to dig in? I’m ready to dig in!

      • Nicole Campbell

        Hi Lisa – thanks for your comments. If you click on the photo the plate does appear, it just isn’t showing properly above. I had lots of problems uploading my post and the photo. Did you have problems?

  • Irinka

    Today I photographed grapes and plums and tried 5-6 different angles. Interesting that different objects better suited different angles. This photos I like the best

  • Ivana Brnada

    It’s rainy day in my country so I decide to shoot Tiramisu cupcakes.

    • I like first one:)

    • The second pic is an eye catching!

      • Ivana Brnada

        Thank you

  • Ok, I think I wouldn’t have taken a shot today, so the course is already doing the trick… Coffee – I was in need for one and so here comes my picture:

    I took around 53 images (!!!!) from different angels, and I know in the first one you can’t say it’s coffee I wanted to shoot… But I kind of liked the atmosphere…The second image is taken from a higher angle and at least I can proof that I was shooting coffee 🙂

    • Hi Tina,
      I love your second picture. I can say it’s coffee from your the first pic 😛 (cappuccino? mmmhhh..)
      what can I say? It’s clean, not so many this and that.. I just love it. Maybe the one that disturbs me is your spoon.
      (btw.. dein Website ist cool, hab deine Seite als Lesezeichen hinzugefügt)

      • oh, thank you Jane! I just started to blog recently. So I am more than happy you like my website!

    • I like the second one… the spoon is nice contrast and I just want to grab this coffee mug!:)

      • Thank you mignonne! I would have loved to share 🙂

  • surabhi

    i tried to shoot carrot pudding an Indian dessert, tried 4-5 different angles and liked this one most, though i think light is an issue

  • Rashmi Gc

    I took pictures of my dish in 5-6 angles. I think I got the best picture in 10-20degree angle.

  • Raja

    I did try clicking from all the angles and found this one best.

  • I took pictures of my salad for dinner tonight and as it is late, the light was not the best and I did not want to add studio light effects, so I had candles for lights. When I started the assignment I was sure, I would like a photo taken straight above the food, but after playing around at 5-7 different angles turns out my favorite is taken at about 30 degree angle. The candle might be bit inappropriate with salad, but I had a very romantic dinner afterwards.

    • Raja

      Beautiful!

  • Guest

    I tried 6 different angles and 0 degrees worked best for me.

    • this pic is really simple, actually.. but the effect .. stunning! I love it

    • This is great! Especially because of the dark background. Nearly a b/w shot.

    • Katharina

      Beautiful photo. The minimal use of color really puts emphasis on the yolk.

    • Kristin Nicole

      I LOVE IT. I love the cracked egg open like this. I just took some egg pictures today and I love this idea!

    • Kitchen Karma

      Lovely shot!

    • turmericnspice

      Beautiful

    • Kris Giamouridou

      Your pic is great and brings a dramatic mood. That matches perfectly with the broken egg… 🙂

  • Guest

    I tried 6 different angles and 0 degree worked best for me.

  • I did 4-5 angles and was really surprised: I was certain that I was going to love the approx. 10 degree shot, yet I was very sceptical about taking overheads/70+ deg shots of my subject(s), but I sort of kind of liked it in the end. However, my favorites were the very low shots. If I had to pick just one (damn you, IKEA effect :)), it’d have to be this one:

    • Guest

      Not sure if the photo uploaded correctly – trying again.

  • Guest

    I’ve chosen this shot of the bowl of porridge I had for breakfast this morning with blackberries picked in my own garden and a cup of coffee. I have tried different angels, but I prefer the shot taken from above, because it reveals all the ingredients and props that play a role in the meal and shows the texture of the background, that, in my opinion, gives an impactful contrast to the things placed on it 🙂

  • I’ve chosen this shot of the bowl of porridge I had for breakfast this morning with blackberries picked in my own garden and a cup of coffee. I have tried different angels, but I prefer the shot taken from above, because it reveals all the ingredients and props that play a role in the meal and shows the texture of the background, that, in my opinion, gives an impactful contrast to the things placed on it 🙂

    • love it

    • Another one with a black background that changes my opinion of dark backgrounds. Beautiful!

    • Katharina

      Beautiful. l like how the dark surface emphasises the berries. Well done

      • Thanks, Katharina. I’m so glad for your feedback 🙂

    • Karen Schmautz

      I do love that dark background with the stark white. Very catchy.

  • I did a lot of shots but like often I turn back to one of the first ones. The best angle I found just in front. Just a little color with a napkin also to underline the rustic side of the eggs. All but professional and hoping for comments.

    • Dani

      I love this shot. Very rustic and “country” feeling. Like you just collected the eggs from a farm. Great old basket.

  • Sonja

    I took 21 pictures 10 different angels of apples. I like my stack of 3 best. Can you tell there are 3 apples stacked? I like the one off to the side, too.

    • Sonja

      I can’t see my picture. Is it showing up? I’ll try again.

      • jen fen

        Mine are not showing either….not sure why….GRRR!

  • Guest

    I shot about 8 different angles of the tomatillo. This was my favorite.

  • Shyamal Majmundar

    HI,
    I tried here with two bananas. But i couldn’t work out much on
    thought process (as usually got stuck with decision making) like what
    background to choose, what quality light direction , props etc., as many
    others have done so nicely , but i guess it would be my nice basic
    start up. Please, give some critics or comments on images as you and all
    feel.
    I like the last one photograph taken from the top angle- 90
    degree, as in available condition situation it enhance it’s color and
    shape nicely.

    • Catherine Castro

      i also like the last one. 🙂

      • Shyamal Majmundar

        Thanks Catherine Castro.

  • jen fen

    I took about 8 angles of this…this was my favorite

    • mlplouff

      That’s lovely! It highlights the structure of the tomatillo so well.

  • Guest

    I used 5-6 different camera angles. Caramelized onions were one of my top choices: brown food is so hard for me to shoot! This, I feel, is the best of them, also showing a bunch of thyme (which is used in the onions)

  • mlplouff

    I chose caramelized onions – brown food is the hardest for me to photograph! I used 5-6 different camera angles, ending up with this one at about 75 degrees. TO add some interest and color relief I added a bunch of thyme, used in the dish.

  • jen fen

    I shot about 8 angles of the tomatillo. This was my favorite.

  • jen fen

    Ok, I have tried to upload my pic like 5x. Any advice? I don’t see it…..???

  • I took 4 different angles and this is my favorite one.

    • Leslie

      very simple subject, but I love seeing the texture of the berries & the scratches on the container.

      • Nandita Shyam Sunder

        This shot is brilliant!! Love the light!!

        • Thank you Nandita! It was my first time shooting with back lighting…I really like it! 🙂

      • Thank you Leslie!

    • Kevin Timmons

      Lovely lighting. Nice simple but strong composition. Well done!

      • Thank you Kevin!

        • Kevin Timmons

          You’re welcome!

    • frannybolsa

      Great colour. The details on the berries makes me want to eat them.

  • I took 4 different angles, this is my favorite one

  • Dhanya

    This is a picture taken 5 days ago. I tried around 5 different angles and i was okay with this one…..i know there is plenty of room for improvement…..kindly drop in your valuable comments as i am new to this amazing world of food photos 🙂

  • Dhanya

    This is a picture taken 5 days ago. I tried around 5 different angles and i was okay with this one…..i know there is plenty of room for improvement…..kindly drop in your valuable comments as i am new to this amazing world of food photos 🙂

  • Nithya

    I stuck to my plan to photograph eggs! Tried different angles… My best shot was at 0 degrees….

    • Leslie

      I’m liking the color of the eggs & also the scenery with the dish & background

  • Dhanya

    finaly there it is !!

  • Guest

    Hello everybody !
    I took different angle shots for these tomatoes.. these 2 are my favorite .
    I used natural light from the window of my kitchen and a 50mm macro.

    • love your first pic!

  • Dhanya

    i hope i am lucky the third time

  • Guest

    Hello everybody !
    I took different angle shots for these tomatoes using a 50mm with natural light.
    These two are my favorite shots.

  • Hello everybody !
    I took different angle shots for these tomatoes using a 50mm with natural light.
    These two are my favorite angle shots.

    • Katharina

      Beautiful photos. I like them both.

    • I like the white on white effect with the shining of the tomatoes. Really beautiful!

    • Overhead is the best. Love it! Gorgeous shine on the tomatoes — this shot screams summer!

  • Guest

    Here are the shots.

    • Nancy Verstraeten

      I like the composition of the first one

    • Sandy

      Like the first photo. Nice color!

  • Guest

    I found a lot of Dates left after Hari Raya, and took a few shots from horizontal to vertical with a few angles.
    I found this one looks great.

  • Shaymond

    Durian, King of fruit. Took few photos with different angles and compositions, like this the best.

    • Leslie

      never seen this fruit before, but I like it.

    • I’ve never seen this before. What does it taste like? Reminds me of lychee. i like the simplicity and light of your picture. What settings did you use?

      • Shaymond

        Many claim it smells awful like something rotten, but the taste is definitely heavenly! Generally, it’s soft creamy and sweet. Each species has it’s own unique taste like bitter sweet etc etc.. The photo is back-lit by a SB-900 in a large octabank, half power with reflector in front, and taken with D610 105mm Macro with setting f/5.6, 1/160 ISO 100.

    • Rick Capstraw

      Best part is we don’t have to smell it! Lovely shot.

  • Rashmi Ramakrishnan

    I wanted to photograph some spices and I loved this one. I think the lighting is not that great. However i loved the mustard at this angle of 30 degrees.

  • Shaymond

    Durian, King of fruit. Took few photos with different angles and compositions, liked this the best.

  • Karon

    I decided to shoot nuts today and went for walnuts which I love for their brain like look. Chose to prop the nuts with old books and was going for a moody thoughtful look. Did lots of different angles and thought this view best suited the subject.

  • This is my limeade. I took 16 shots progressively working from inside the house to outside. I was trying to capture the condensation, like a hot summer day (which it is). This is my favorite of the one’s I took, which by the way were from every angle imaginable.

  • Karon

    I thought I had just posted but I think I commented on another post by acciden, because my image came up in seperate box. Anyway trying again here. My image is of walnuts on old books. I always think walnuts look like little brains so wanted to show them quite moody and thoughtful with the books for learning. Tried lots of angles and liked this best. Feel with such a small subject the different levels make it more interesting.

    • Brains, I was thinking exactly that when I saw this shot. Walnut pieces look a little too regularly placed. Maybe fewer pieces. Just my 2 cents.

  • Kim Morla

    Lomo saltado / peruvian food. Taken at 45. Tried to show the 3D of the fries and meat.

    • I am hungry geez -_-

    • Karen Schmautz

      I think you chose the right angle. The french fries showed wonderfully and so does the meat.

    • I’ve got my hungry on! Nice composition and shine on that steak. What is the beverage in the background? It has a greenish cast.

      • Kim Morla

        Lisa, the soft drink you see in the back is called Inca Kola, a peruvian soft drink. It has a bright yellow cast. In Perú this drink is more popular than Coke. Made of lemongrass …

    • Kevin Timmons

      Yez! Jenga chips… Great photo, and superb cooking may I add! Nice use depth of field on this shot.

  • Karon

    help my picture has vanished. How do you upload properly and is there a correct size?

  • Here’s my limeade. I took 16 shots. Was having trouble making it look interesting, but finally captured the condensation. Took way longer than it should have.

  • sayantani

    Here is mine. I tried top shot and horizontal before deciding on this one. I like this angle as it shows the streusel topping perfectly at the same time the close sht makes it easy for the viewer to see it’s delicate crumb.

    • The Mad Scientist’s Kitchen

      Sayantani this is an amazing pic

      • sayantani

        Thank you Mad scientist

    • Lorinda Clark McKinnon

      I love baked goods in a basket. Very nice!

      • sayantani

        Thanks Lorinda

  • Fanus Vermaak

    I have tried various angles. I now realise that factors such as lighting and background also determine your angle of attack.

    • Leslie

      i like mushrooms. I like how you used the different sizes & shapes in this picture of a single subject.

  • Catherine Castro

    I am hesitant to post mine because I am really not good like the others I saw earlier, but i guess I still have 27 days to improve, so here it goes. Those were Graham Balls, one of my homemade treats. I just put it in a ceramic spoon plate and have a small ceramic pitcher beside it. The best angle for me were those 0 and 20 degrees angle. I also tried 45 and 90 degrees but they didn’t look good. I think natural light is one of the things I need to improve these photos, but because I only have artificial light above our kitchen that is not so good, i just use the camera flash in taking these photos. And also i struggle where to put my food because I do need to have a good background and plating with these. As you can see in the picture my subjects are on the edge of the table near the wall, If you just can see the whole table full of other things, Haha! and those ceramic i used were just our displays. So that’s it. I’m open for comments and suggestions. I hope you can help me improve my work.:)

    • Shyamal Majmundar

      I like your straight forwardness!
      Yet, i have one suggestion for the situation u mentioned above while photographing this subject.

      First, as u mention u had only an artificial light to shoot the picture, right! Then i think even though u can shoot the picture in the available light source. As u mentioned the light direction was from the top only, then i guess, if u can then u can change the direction of light at any angle u want, just remind yourself the mirror in front of the sun, now u know while u move the mirror to any such direction , the reflection of the sun light will throw the light to that area where u will direct the mirror . try it , u will get the hint as playing with the direction of the main light source.
      never mind if u feel it little bit hard to get it, still we have few more days to learn and improve our skill.

      • Catherine Castro

        wow! I was really amazed knowing that I could be able to do that in taking photos. Since then, lighting was always my problem, I guess now I know I can be able to do something to maximize what I have. Such an incredible idea Shyamal! Thank you so much for sharing. I really appreciate it. 🙂

        • Shyamal Majmundar

          Oh! thanks , then let’s enjoy the art and craft of/in Photography! Till then waiting for your new assignment’s images to see and comment on it! hhehheh! enjoy the intelligency as sat in our head silently!

          • Catherine Castro

            I was trying to do what you have said and i realize that’s what photographers use in photoshoots, the silver reflector (i don’t know what they call it). First i use that aluminum use in baking cookies then change it to mirror. Haha. I really like how it turned out comparing it to the no light at all when i don’t use flash. But i need more practice. Thanks again!:)

  • Sreevalli E

    I was planning on taking few shots of spices & this exercise was perfect to start experiment on this. I took few shots of spices & tried different angles, but felt these are the best shots of all.

    • The Mad Scientist’s Kitchen

      Looks good

    • Rashmi Ramakrishnan

      Very nice composition!

    • I like your composition a lot. You might try a different tone of wood for the background. I think its bringing a yellow tone to the picture. I just stained some pine this weekend in a dark Kona color and I’m looking forward to using it in some posts.

    • Kevin Timmons

      Nice composition. Are you on the correct white balance, the bowls look a little grey? Lovely sharp shot though.

  • saravanan

    Took few photos with different angles

  • Claudia Briandi

    Luego de hacer varias tomas en distintos ángulos me he quedado con ésta, en este caso considero que es la mejor opción.

    After making several shots at different angles I’ve stayed with it, in this case I think it is the best option.

    • I like the way you cut, then stacked the eggplant. It’s so creative!

      • Claudia Briandi

        Thank you Lisa

    • Sue

      That’s just lovely.

      • Claudia Briandi

        Thank you Sue!

      • Guest

        thank you Sue

    • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

      how cool is the cut & towering eggplant! Great spin on this!

      • Claudia Briandi

        thank you very much Ambrosia

    • Muy creativa y la luz perfecta (creative and a perfect light)

      • Claudia Briandi

        Gracias Raúl!! que me lo digas tú es muy importante para mi.

  • Pallavi Roy

    I have got myself biased at the beginning reading the lesson on the boring 30 degree or 60 degree.Going by my food structure I have chosen cherry tomatoes as my toddler who doesn’t let me work at all screamed for a pizza.So I bowed down to her wishes put her to sleep and rushed to the apartment park where i clicked this and uploaded.
    I tried six angles and tomatoes lack the height for any other angle to accentuate it.I chose an old worn out wooden bench hence noise was minimal and lighting well it was abundant and i chose the overhead tree as my diffuser.I just hope i have done justice to my subject.I am really interested from fellow participants how did you compress your RAW file.

  • The Mad Scientist’s Kitchen

    I had chosen spices as my subject.. Started off with cumin shot some 9 pics but did not like the clarity so shifted to a bigger spice cloves. shot 7 tried 4 angles love this one the best at almost 15 deg.

  • Guest

    hello everybody. I used 5 differnt cam angles and i choose these two pictures as my favourites. i hope you ´ll enjoy them too. neetes

    • Love both of them and the shades of soft lilac, lavender and grey.:)

    • The colors are so complimentary – I like both, but the overhead is my favorite.

  • moni k

    Purple sprouting broccoli at zero angle. Went a bit crazy with depth of field…

    • Kris Giamouridou

      I like the colour of the foreground, I like the angle, but if I was in your shoes I would probably leave a hint of space over the broccoli florrets, but still keep their reflexion on the bottom

      • moni k

        Thanks for your comment Kris, I can see where you coming from. The leaves over the florets seem a bit distracting.

  • Pallavi Roy

    I have got myself biased at the beginning reading the lesson on the boring 30 degree or 60 degree.Going by my food structure I have chosen cherry tomatoes as my toddler who doesn’t let me work at all screamed for a pizza.So I bowed down to her wishes put her to sleep and rushed to the apartment park where i clicked this and uploaded.

    I tried six angles and tomatoes lack the height for any other angle to accentuate it.I chose an old worn out wooden bench hence noise was minimal and lighting well it was abundant and i chose the overhead tree as my diffuser.I just hope i have done justice to my subject.I am really interested from fellow participants how did you compress your RAW file.

    • Child Management AND Photography? You are now my new personal hero! Rich red tomatoes against the blue/black sea of the pan, caressed by the neutral gray texture of the bench. Backed up the repeating circular elements of tomatoes, pan interior and pan rim.

      A word on RAW, here is what I do. Shoot in RAW, import into LR, export to PS as 16-bit TIFs. Save as JPGs and to crawl under the limit for posting images here (2MB) I crunch it WAY down. For my photo site, which does not support TIFs, I just upload less compressed JPGs. Hope that helps.

      • Pallavi Roy

        Your comment made my day bob…the struggle of a mother and her passion is a paradox.thank you so much for the tip…I used Lightroom but it still keeps my images neat at 2.1MB. I will download Ps trial and use it.my entries would generally the last!!

  • neetes

    hello everybody. I used 5 differnt cam angles and i choose these two pictures as my favourites. i hope you ´ll enjoy them too. neetes

  • Todd

    I took about 9 different angles and varied between portrait and landscape. I liked this the most as the depth of field is shallow enough to get the Feijoada and drop of for the greens, I also enjoyed leaving a heap of negative space to contrast with the food.

  • And here I was thinking the people who would join would be amateurs like me, but when I see your pictures, I am a bit embarrassed to post mine (I have no clue how to work light and am a novice at best at camera settings). Constructive criticism is much appreciated, but be gentle on me 😉

    I chose Garlic and Onions for my first shot. I took 18 shots, but moved around the cutting board and myself, so in the end my results had about 11 angles (some only small differences but the feel to the pictures changed so much that I did count them separately. I liked the attached picture because it gives me a very rustic feel. Most of the other pictures were nice but everything was very visible, the board and table and such, but here the main topic really sticks out.

    As I was taking pictures anyways, I decided to shoot the spice jars on my windowsill too. The light comes very brightly from the back (and I found it hard to fix this). I took 9 shots in 8 angles, and chose the picture which allows for a wider view, where you can see the oil bottles in the background, which gave me more of a genuine kitchen feeling.

    • Images don’t seem to show.

  • Guest

    I have got myself biased at the beginning reading the lesson on the boring 30 degree or 60 degree.Going by my food structure I have chosen cherry tomatoes as my toddler who doesn’t let me work at all screamed for a pizza.So I bowed down to her wishes put her to sleep and rushed to the apartment park where i clicked this and uploaded.

    I tried six angles and tomatoes lack the height for any other angle to accentuate it.I chose an old worn out wooden bench hence noise was minimal and lighting well it was abundant and i chose the overhead tree as my diffuser.I just hope i have done justice to my subject.I am really interested from fellow participants how did you compress your RAW file.I am really sorry but unable to upload my pic!

  • Guest

    Hi, Since I had to use up my beets today I decided to make them as my subject. I shot from various angles, but the best pictures were made by the overhead angle. I took plenty of pictures but one of the few I liked is here – hope to see a few pointers on this one.

    • Namrata Jain

      Hi I am Namrata Jain. This is my post. I had trouble uploading the picture, but weirdly it let me do the needful when I didn’t log in from google.

      • Hi Namrata, your pic looks beautiful

        • Namrata Jain

          thank you Jane.

      • Anna Shilonosova

        Wow, this photo is astonishing! I love the geometry. And the matte surfaces of the objects.

      • GT

        Beautiful color and composition – at first i thought it was a flower!!!

        • Namrata Jain

          🙂 Thank you

  • shef

    I used 3 angles indoors then 6 angles outdoors. Picked a zero degree angle outdoors. Wish the stems were on the cherries though for added visual texture!

  • Hi all! I tried about 8 angles and this is my favorite. I do love close-ups too. This one is at about at 70-75 degrees. The over head 90 degree one was quite good too.

  • Guest

    hello everybody 🙂 I used 5 differnt cam angles and i choose these two pictures as my favourites. i hope you ´ll enjoy them too. neetes

  • Suhasini Pradeep

    Hi all i tried in various angle and finalized with this pic after 15 clicks.The sunlight was behind the pic.

  • neetes

    there´s a problem with my pictures ..the file dosn´t work =(

    • Guest

      so . i will try it again in this way ..

      hello everybody. I used 5 differnt cam angles and i choose these two pictures as my favourites. i hope you ´ll enjoy them too. neetes

      • neetes

        now it works – sorry

      • Sarah Linden

        Love the composition of the first shot! The overhead angle works really well here.

      • Yesibeth

        I Like your pictures! the colors and composition.

      • Beautiful cool color palette…cool like ice cream. Multiple layers of bowl and plates somehow adds an air of mystery.

  • In this practice I realized that I am too scared to try other angles other than 90 and 65. I was trying to capture a cool and relax photo and it was too difficult 🙂 I tried 90, 65, 45, and the straight one. I learned a lot about myself as a photograpehr in this activity- I am so impatient and the composition, uggghhh

    • Mmmm, so fresh and vibrant.:)

    • I like your composition and the angle you chose. I would use a bounce to fill in some of the shadows on the right side of the bowls and highlight those veggies a little more! I made a bounce by covering a piece of cardboard with a piece of tin foil so that the non-shiny side faces out, then you can angle it like a mirror to create shine in certain spots.

  • Here are my three attempts – made ​​5 different angles and choose the best options, comments are welcome!

    • I really like the second and third angles. Really nice colors too!

    • Sarah Linden

      I love the first shot because of the setting. I like how it creates a story, like I was just served a really awesome dish at a restaurant. I love how the lighting somewhat washes out the background and causes the eye to focus on the colorful dish.

      • Thanks Sarah – I´ll allways try to work this angle! 😉

  • Donna

    Thank you all for your kind and constructive comments. It’s great to have your feedback!

  • Danielle

    I tried 5 different angles and I liked this one the best.

  • My hero.

  • Dhanya

    this is what i shot around 5 days ago…..tried many angles and this is what i thought was okay…..

  • Squadrilla

    Sorry this was a busy day so I’m a bit late and I didn’t have much time for the styling and the wrong light; so my picture is very “basic” but I tried to experiment with different angles. I mostly did the 10-20 degree angle but as I was photographing coffee inside a cup, I then chose this one that is about 45 degree.
    I also tried to use the 90 degree that I never use and in this case the result was quite amusing (not considerning the technical piint of view), maybe because of all the round shapes.

  • Claudia Briandi

    Creo que no se ha subido mi foto before.
    Después de haber tomado desde 4 ángulos diferentes creo que esta es la mejor opción.

    I think you have not uploaded my photo before.
    Having taken from 4 different angles I think this is the best option.

  • Finally after struggling to find a right angle and composition I got this picture

    • and it comes out really nice and beautiful 🙂

      • Nisha Sundar

        Lovely Capture.

        • Thank you Nisha

    • Isabel

      Very nice!

    • Sue

      That’s lovely. I’m so envious of you having the leaves too. Our lemons and limes rarely have leaves.

    • Sandy

      Very well done. Like your composition and depth of field. Love the colors!

    • Irine Gromova

      So refreshing!

    • Laura

      Beautiful!!

  • Rinda Koban

    I posted my food photo of cookies this morning. The photo was taken using my galaxy note cellphone. This afternoon after going back from work,I took 31 food photos of cookies again,this time using my DSLR Canon. Out of 31 photos, this one is what I’m satisfied of.

  • Nandita Shyam Sunder

    My subject for today’s assignment are these Kohlrabis. I shot these in four or five angles but I like these shots the best!! So here they are

  • I hope this posts this time…. I took about 7 angles of the tomatillos and this was my favorite.

    • guess not….I have tried at least 10x now and cannot get my pic to upload…is there some secret I am not getting?

    • I love this! Beautiful light and shine! The light directs your eye to the “hero”

      • Thanks so much! it took me long enough to get it loaded…:(

  • Here is mine (I can’t decide which one is better). I decided to go outside for being different. The thing that didn’t work on my different angle is when I was very low in front of my subject : the bowl was «big and bold» and I couldn’t even tell what was in it.

    The negative point : I didnt’t get a clean silver spoon 🙁

    • Sarah Linden

      I like the one of the left better! I think because of the background. I like that you can tell you’re outside. Plus, the colors in the background (maybe from flowers in a flowerbed?) compliment the colors of the fruit. Great shot 🙂

    • Both of them are good. I can’t decide it either ..

    • Nancy Verstraeten

      I also prefer the one on the left

    • Karen Schmautz

      I like the one on the left.

    • I like the first one too… especially fresh berries on top!:)

    • Isabel

      I like both, but I prefer the one on the left.

    • Kevin Timmons

      Definitely the one on the left. The spoon looks much better and the use of DOF is super.

    • Sue

      The one on the left as the background works so well.

    • Creadora de Imágenes

      beautiful!

    • Sandy

      Very, very beautiful!

    • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

      both are very lovely, I’m not sure which one I like better.

  • Sanja Manasijević

    Pears for today

  • I choose this photo and this anlge. it best reflects the pie filling and its structure.

  • Sanja Manasijević

    Pears for today. I can’t decide which one.

    • The first one! Beautiful 🙂

    • I like the first one.:)

    • Isabel

      I think, the first one. 🙂

    • Mimis Kingdom

      I prefer first one also… 🙂

  • Elina Belova

    Well. Here comes the most difficult one. Black bread and redcurrants.
    I took 10 photos in total because I was going for 10-20 angle at the beginning. I was struggling, so I decided to save my energy for the rest of the course and not to worry too much about the first outcome.

    • Anna Shilonosova

      I love the way the colors are arranged here! And the berries look sooo juicy!

      • Elina Belova

        Thanks, Anna! I appreciate your feedback. I wasn’t sure about the light and colors. Can’t wait to learn more about it during the course.

    • This is beautiful. Love the colors and textures. Maybe just a little dark in the upper left corner

      • Elina Belova

        Thank you for notice! I agree. I was so stressed out that I forgot to reflect the light from window from the other side.

  • Srividhya Manikandan

    I always have a confusion whether to take it from top angle or side angle especially for smoothies. I am not able to upload the picture because of the size. Is there any other way to send?

    • How big is it? You can resize it at Photoshop

      • Srividhya Manikandan

        its 3.5MB. I don’t have photoshop. Let me see if I can do something else.

        • You can use picmonkey

  • Guest

    Taken the pics of grilled chicken 10 to 20 degrees angle.

  • Guest

    Taken the pics of Grilled chicken at 20 degrees agle from the food.FOr balance I have kept the whole spices in the background

  • Indrani Sen

    Decided to take the pictures of Grilled chicken the first day.tried angles 90 degree,45 degree and 20 degree.I think 20 suits the picture.Please give me you feedback

  • Sreedevi Mavila

    Oh wow! There are some beautiful photos in here! I’m terrible at clicking pictures without daylight and I had to today so mine is going to stick out like a sore thumb!
    This is a picture of cooked parboiled partially husked rice, native to some parts of South India. I tried 45, 90 and 0 deg angles and took 52 shots in 2 different bowls. This was the best of the lot. Which isn’t saying much, I know 🙁 But here’s to hoping my photos will soon become a lot better 🙂

  • I decided to shot a nut mix that I need for my next articel.
    My picture took about 6 or 7 different angels and 15 different positions to get the right light.
    Completly I needed about 35 shots till I had a good photograph

  • Guest

    10 Angles. 28 Photos.

  • mymorna

    10 Angles. 28 Photos. Hoping end of these 30 days the results will be better.

  • today i only had my smartphone at hand and i tried to size the last natural light, hence the little shadows.
    i tried 3 different angles, of which i always have problems with the 45 degree angles because of the background.
    for this, i liked the top view best.

    • Me also likey! Love the shadows also!
      Oh and btw, es fehlt ein Ei 😛

      • thanks! und stimmt, das hab ich schon verbraucht 😉

  • Finding a different angle to work with a quick heat and eat lunch was challenging, but this stays with my previous decisions.

    Going w/ a vertical and a shallower depth of field allows to show it’s in an office setting while leaving the meal, as the focal point.

    • This looks delicious.:)

      • Thanks a lot Mignonne…Extremely sorry for the late reply as I was really busy during last week and struggling to catch up with the lessons and finishing the assignments. Thanks a lot for your lovely comment..

  • Dr Barb, Nutrition Budgeteer

    I choose homegrown tomatoes for my subject. There is not a lot of height. I tried shooting many different angles. My favorite was a top down shot. I know I have too much light reflecting on some of the tomatoes. Anxious to learn about lighting, too.

  • Guest

    I was working on recipes today for my blog so I eneded up shooting these stuffed baby eggplants. I took many different shots using different sngles and felt that the overhead shot was the best for this dish.

    • It looks very yummy and tempting!:)

  • Riina

    Tomatoes from our own greenhouse, as fresh as it gets. This is my favorite shot. Can you feel the flavor? If not, then I have to try harder next time…

  • Guest

    I was working on recipes today for my blog so I eneded up shooting these stuffed baby eggplants. I took many different shots using different angles and felt that the overhead shot was the best for this dish.

  • Guest

    I was working on recipes today for my blog so I eneded up shooting these stuffed baby eggplants. I took many different shots using different sngles and felt that the overhead shot was the best for this dish.

  • Deborah Mele

    I was working on recipes today for my blog so I eneded up shooting these stuffed baby eggplants. I took many different shots using different angles and felt that the overhead shot was the best for this dish.

  • manuel grez

    Very simple shot, just wanted to show the simplicity and texture of the egg

    • Guest

      just starting at food photography, hoping to get lots knowledge from this course

    • manuel grez

      some trouble uploading

  • After shooting almost 30 pictures of my Coconut milk and lime panna cotta, using different angles, I have decided that this is the best one. I think this was shot at a 60 degrees angle.

    • Marta

      It looks delicious. I think you did a great job.

      • Thank you very much, Marta, I’m happy you like it!

    • Thanks for loading a large image. The shimmering texture and color show up in mouth watering detail. Color palette is perfect with the counterpoint of the red (berry? cherry?) just in shadow. Especially appreciate the rhythmic curves echoing across the lime, dish, and dessert.

      • Thank you very much for your comment, Bob! I’m happy you like the picture. The red point is actually a redcurrant 🙂

  • Janice Pattie

    I am supposed to be taking photos of crackers or apples, but it’s my husband’s birthday tomorrow and I just finished his cake so I felt the need to take my photos of it! I found eight different angles, the light isn’t good as I had to do this after coming home from work and the light in the kitchen window was fading. Oh and here are some crackers 🙂

  • I took this picture of a limeade. Out of 16 shots, I think this was the best. I was trying to capture light in the condensation.

  • Martina

    Hi, this is my favourite of today. Hope you like it!

    • Guest

      .ops

      • I love this! the purple is striking & beautiful, great blur in the background too!

  • Martina

    Hi, this is my favourite of today’s shooting . Hope you like it 😛

  • Karon

    This is my 3rd try to upload. I’ve shot my walnuts photo with old books in natural light. Of all the shots I liked this one best as the small subject doesn’t look lost in any way. Just hope this upload works this time.

  • Mimis Kingdom

    I took photo of these fresh plums from our garden. I tried many different angles and also zoomed in and out a lot. This photo is my favourite…

  • Sandra B.

    i tried lots of angles. The best one was a close up. Also because i didn’t like my background respectively table color. For the next tasks i will search for something else

    • Guest

      this should work …

      • Sandra B.

        sorry for that

  • Donna Currie

    I don’t see another way to ask a question, so I’ll ask here. How are we determining angle? Is it in relationship to the horizon, to the flat surface the food is resting on, or what? In other words, what angle is a top-down? Is that 0, 90, 180? What’s a flat-to-the-horizon shot? 0, 90, 180?

    Maybe this is obvious to everyone else, but I’ve never thought of it in numbers, just words.

    • aPathite

      0 is at eye level, 90 is when you take the picture from above (180 you look again at eye level, but up-side-down)

      • Donna Currie

        Awesome, that makes perfect sense.

    • Elina Belova

      At the links that Neel has given in the blue box are great illustrations to find out which angles are which. http://www.learnfoodphotography.com/the-best-camera-angle-for-taking-food-photos/

      • Donna Currie

        Cool. I got yesterday’s email so late it was all I could do to find an old photo and post it. I didn’t have time to read everything, which I should have. *sigh* I don’t do well when I feel rushed.

        Hopefully today’s lesson will show up before it’s too late to take pics in decent light.

        • Elina Belova

          Don’t worry! You will be fine. We are all students here. Let’s enjoy the ride! Looking forward to see your next outcomes.

      • Donna Currie

        Thanks! I got the email so late, I was rushed to get an old photo posted and didn’t read though everything, which I should have.

        • Hi Donna. .. if you receive an assignment late in the day you can complete it the next day. Lessons arrive 24 hours after your current lesson.

          • Donna Currie

            I guess I’m going to be really far behind everyone. Oh well, at least I can plan ahead to take today’s photos tomorrow afternoon 😉

  • aPathite

    These two angles worked the best with a glass of water, a smartphone camera and one artificial light source (at two o clock).

    • frannybolsa

      Love the 90 degree shot. Loads more interesting. Lots of texture. Well done.

      • aPathite

        @frannybolsa:disqus thank you!

  • Anna Shilonosova

    Hi all,
    Today I tried three angles with my broth: I shot it from above, at about 70 degrees and at 40 degrees. In the end I chose the 70 degree shot. To my mind, the texture of the soup is better shown here. So here goes.

    • Anna Shilonosova

      Oops, something wrong with the photo here. If I click on the icon, it opens in a new page, but I can’t make it appear here.

    • Anna Shilonosova

      Yay, it works! 🙂

    • Sarah Linden

      Soooo pretty. Love all the white and neutrals.

      • Anna Shilonosova

        Thank you! 🙂 Me, too!

    • Isabel

      Delicious!

      • Anna Shilonosova

        Thanks! 🙂

  • srividya padmanabhan

    I tried various various angles. 90 degree was a failure. 0 and 45 worked best fir this image.

    • srividya padmanabhan

      can you see the images – re posting it

  • I want to know how to take a photograph looking directly down on the food, even if I stand on a chair I can’t lean over enough so I am exactly centre and looking straight down – I am always leaning a bit. And often get my shadow in the picture. How do people do it?!

    • I use a board as a background and I put it on the floor

  • Guest

    ok…trying for the millionth time…hope this one works…I used about 7 angles and this was my favorite.

  • Yesibeth

    Hi everyone! I have to say that this exercise was more difficult than I thought; and when I saw some of your works I realized I’m way behind of all of you, so I hope to learn a lot in this course. I share one of the pictures I like most

    • A cup of coffee and a perfect; it looks the perfect start to the day for me. 🙂

      • Yesibeth

        Meghan … rejoice my day with your comment lol
        Thank you!

  • flavorsandcolorsbyaparna

    I worked on 5-6 angles, some 15 photos and liked this one over others

  • Kevin Timmons

    Well, I said I would do cheese and biscuits and so I have. By the way, in case you are wondering… Yes, I ate them all after the shoot. What else could I do?
    I started with an overhead shot steadying my camera on a boom arm then I took the camera off the tripod and shot hand held in several different positions to see what I liked best. Then I came up with a lengthways shot using a short depth of field.
    I think the lengthways shot is my favourite as the background is a little busy on the overhead shot.

    • Patty Hultquist

      I absolutely love the lengthwise shot. The reason I might choose the first photo is if you are showcasing the cheese instead of the sauce. The cheese gets lost in the lengthwise shot.

      • Kevin Timmons

        Thanks Patty, I agree, I was trying to make the chutney the prominent “Hero” subject but I think a longer depth of field would have been better. Thanks for the comment and positive feedback.

  • Guest

    From 5 angles. my favorite.

  • Greetings all,

    Waiting in the garden for just the right light this morning. Fresh okra! Total of 31 shots, 5 different angles. Could not choose between the 2 posted here. Low angle was designed to include the nice bokeh of the okra plants in the background, but doesn’t really say “Okra”. The other one I think hits the mark and shouts “Fresh Okra!”

  • Susan Augustine

    This is a kale salad that I shot both from above and at an angle. I tend to like the overhead better, but it depends on what I’m shooting. I took lots of photos and these 2 are the best ones.

  • Guest

    I took 5 different angles of these jalapeno peppers. I loved horizontal view (0 degrees) but had a difficult time getting a good shot because of items in the background. Top view didn’t work at all, made it look so flat and lost the dimensions. This angle looked the best.

    • Patty Hultquist

      FYI, This is the same photo, accidentally posted it twice.

      • Patty Hultquist

        Here is the horizontal view with some cropping to eliminate things in the background.

  • I think this angle is the best! I tried different angles but I think this one shows structure if the muffis and they doesn’t look so flat as in 90 degrees.

    • Kris Giamouridou

      Hi there! Love your cupcake paper mouls…

      • they are from nicolas vahe

        • Kris Giamouridou

          Thanks!

  • Kathy Hester

    I’m a little intimidated to post my pics – all of yours that I’ve seen so far are so awesome. I photographed my oat-chata which fits in my drink choice. I lost count of the angles I tried, but it was at least 5. These were the 2 best.

    • I really like the second picture. Nice angle and I love the colors

      • I like it too! very interesting & simple at the same time

        • Thank you Rebecca!

      • Kathy Hester

        Thank you!

    • Kevin Timmons

      Lovely shots Kathy, nice use of depth of field. Try simpler backgrounds next time as these are a little too busy.
      Never mind everyone else’s photos Kathy. You have created some good images here. We are all here to learn from each other. Remember it’s not about how good or bad everyone else is, it’s about how you learn and improve your photos that matters.

      • Kathy Hester

        Thanks for the advise and pep talk. I am very excited about how much I’m already learning from everyone.

        • Kevin Timmons

          Me too!

  • StefaniaV

    I wanted to highlight the color of the zucchini flowers against the dark bkg and, after trying some angles I think I like the angled photo more than the one shot from the top (maybe here the dish towel catches the attention more than the actual subject). Other angles didn’t satisfy me. I should be more careful about the position of the elements, in the paper bag there is a hole that could have been avoided.

    • Sarah Linden

      I’m really liking the first one–I think it better showcases the texture in the flower. Great shot. 🙂

      • StefaniaV

        Thanks, Sarah! 🙂

  • Has lesson 4 gone out? I’ve received nothing.

    • lydiaf1963

      I haven’t received anything either. PS Scroll to the bottom of the page and you’ll see a link for Lesson 4.

  • Raia Torn

    Well, this wasn’t the photo I chose to share, but it’s the only one I could get to upload! Taken with my phone, after my kids devoured their lunch of fresh fruit. 😉

    • Kevin Timmons

      I like the fact that this tells a story. I am thinking, lunch time is over, everyone has had their fill and are all now off doing whatever it is that they do after lunch – kids playing in the garden, mum and dad resting on chairs on the patio deck and the gentle breeze of summer blowing your cares away. Ahhhh!

      • Raia Torn

        Thanks for the encouragement, Kevin! 😉

      • Raia Torn

        Thanks, Kevin! 🙂

        • Kevin Timmons

          You’re welcome! 🙂

  • Lia Badicu

    This was my delicious breakfast and I wanted to include all ingredients. I had 5 angles, but I thought this one was the best. If anyone has some comments for improvement I would love to hear them :). It posted the picture 2X, I don’t know why 🙁

    • Sandie

      I had the same problem, with my photo posting twice! Weird… And now it says that my comment wasn’t actually posted yet, and that it will in 13 hours. :-/

  • Cheating a bit today because we’ve just come on holiday and I’ve only just got around to setting up laptop etc. I’m using a pic that I took the other day (I’ve had to copy & paste from my blog as not on my normal pc where it’s saved). I did take at numerous different angles. This was my favourite. Didn’t actually mean for flash to go off but quite like the effect on the tomatoes…

  • Guest

    Well looking at these photos I am certainly feeling out of my league. Playing with the different angles was enlightening. I shot about 8 different pictures and this is my favorite. Although my goal is to shoot plated meals I thought I would start simpler and shoot the salsa fresca which was part of last night’s dinner. It includes red and green tomatoes which I was hoping to elude to in the image.

    • Guest

      Not quite sure why the pic is not posting

  • Anamaria Mejia

    I took this from different angles, but finally I decided the one I liked is this one. I think the low angle makes the stack of cookies and the glass of milk look a lot bigger, filling most of the frame and making them stand up.

    • Olena

      I would leave a bit more space on sides from subjects

      • Anamaria Mejia

        I cropped the original image, may be I did it a little too much ;). Thanks

  • Maryanne Donahoe

    Well, this took many angles and I’m not thrilled with it.

  • After look at these pictures I am feeling very much out of my league. I said I wanted to photo plated meals but I thought I would start a little simpler and use the salsa fresca from last night’s dinner. It contains red and green tomatoes which I was hoping to elude to in the photo.

    • For some reason my photo will not upload. It shows up in the box and when I hit save it disappears. Thoughts?

      • Magda

        Now it appeared again 🙂 I can see your photo

        • Thanks. I must have to leave the sight and go back in.

  • Magda

    I’ve had around 6 angles and prefered this one as the texture of the chutney was highlighted the most.

  • Guest

    Here is my shot for day 3! Personally I like both the shots. The only thing I felt in my top angle pic is that it is slightly overcrowded. I think I should have done a different composition. Any suggestions please ?

    • Hi. I am Nisha and this is my photo. Don’t know why it is posted as guest. Thanks.

  • Guest

    Today for dinner we present a sandwich with grillled mushrooms and onions along with some fresh tomatoes and chillies 🙂

  • I’m out of town (and a handful of chips on a styrofoam plate isn’t inspiring me right now.. as much as I’ve tried to think of a way to draw out the beauty of this simple little beach setup in a creative way, I’m stuck!) so I’m posting a picture I took two days ago for my vegan peach ice cream recipe (40aprons.com/vegan-peach-ice-cream/). A simple ripe peach, slightly overexposed, simple white background, 45º angle to show the movement of the peach wedges sitting on their sides (which I thought would be lost with an overhead 90º angle) whilst giving plenty of depth to the shot (which I would lose with a 0º shot – though if I were shooting a whole peach, I’d love the very Dutch still life-style of that, a bit dark and shadowy, leaves still on, pewter bowl)

    • Not sure why, but I’m getting a broken image symbol for my post. Hope this works!

      • Cheryl Malik

        And this was in my original comment, not sure if it’s out there somewhere or not. Ugh, hotel internet!: “I’m out of town (and a handful of chips on a styrofoam plate isn’t inspiring me right now.. as much as I’ve tried to think of a way to draw out the beauty of this simple little beach setup in a creative way, I’m stuck!) so I’m posting a picture I took two days ago for my vegan peach ice cream recipe (40aprons.com/vegan-peach-ice-c…. A simple ripe peach, slightly overexposed, simple white background, 45º angle to show the movement of the peach wedges sitting on their sides (which I thought would be lost with an overhead 90º angle) whilst giving plenty of depth to the shot (which I would lose with a 0º shot – though if I were shooting a whole peach, I’d love the very Dutch still life-style of that, a bit dark and shadowy, leaves still on, pewter bowl)”

  • Guest

    Today for dinner we present a sandwich with grillled mushrooms and onions along with some fresh tomatoes and chillies 🙂

  • Katherine

    I was outside photographing this morning while the kids were playing, so I actually went from all four sides of the dish. From each side I took about 5 shots at different angles. I actually did like some of the ones that were directly above the plate, but I kept going back to this one. I think because the ones that were directly above looked almost too plated with my lemons and blueberries, and I wasn’t as happy with the way they looked in most of those photos. Should have arranged them differently if I wanted an above shot.

  • Andrej

    For todays dinner we present a sandwich with grilled mushrooms and onions along with fresh tomatoes and some chilli.

  • rehab elbarody

    i took about 10 photos, and about 4 to 5 different angle shots and this is my favorite one .

  • Sue

    Removing this as I managed to get it all wrong. See above.

  • Sandie

    I photographed my afternoon coffee from 5 or 6 different angles and took approximately 20 pictures. I chose this one because it most closely represented how I wanted it to “feel” to my audience. Specifically, I was definitely pleased with being able to capture the steam collecting on the sides of my coffee mug, and the way the bubbles formed around the outside after being freshly brewed.
    There had been one other photograph, taken at a different angle, that I preferred a little bit better, but it turned out blurry. 🙁 In that picture, I had added creamer to my coffee and managed to snap the picture as it was incorporating. It was really neat! But, this one was a nice alternative. 🙂

  • diana frias ezcurra

    Pintxos is the Basque equivalent of tapas.
    The Gilda, a skewer with anchovies, pickles, hot peppers and olives, was named after Rita Hayworth because she is similarly salty and spicy.

  • Sue

    Well just getting this picture up here was a mission in itself. Potatoes and mint fresh from the garden, this time with a picture. I tried to edit the comment/delete the comment previously but couldn’t and couldn’t add the picture either.

    As I’d said before top down isn’t my favourite angle as I generally need to be up high and have no sense of balance. However I’ve started to use the floor which makes everything a bit easier.

    Now after one hell of a day, I’m headed for bed. Will catch up with all the lovely photos here tomorrow.

    • Sue

      And now I have 3 of the same picture showing DOH! It really has been one of the most trying days ever.

  • abhilasha

    I took picture of avocado. Took a few shots from different angles. The 10 degrees worked best .

  • Creadora de Imágenes

    usually i turn around the object and look the best side of the pic. 45 degree is the best position to take the pics for me. But sometime i try to change my position, and explore differents styles.

    https://www.facebook.com/291666077669398/photos/a.329968580505814.1073741831.291666077669398/329968700505802/?type=1&theater
    The results are very differents when we changed position and altitude. I use normally a small wooden bench.

  • Olena

    I took about 20 pictures. Started from the top which is 90 degrees. I never can find the angle at 90 that I would like. What I noticed that I either like at 20-30 degree or when it is almost as close as macro.

  • Kevin Timmons

    Why do certain posts get posted over and over again?

    • Olena

      you need to choose how comments are sorted

      • Kevin Timmons

        Thanks Olena

  • Guest

    Tried different stylization of fruits in the bowl and angles, I went from over the top slowly to 0, from all the photos I liked this one most

  • I shot with three camera angles outside on a deck surrounded by trees and they gave nice shade. I really like the first photo and the second. The third angle I took I didn’t care for so I didn’t post it.

  • Henry Harcsa

    Tried different stylization of fruits in the bowl and angles, I went from over the top slowly to 0, from all the photos I liked this one most

    • Henry Harcsa

      Can you see the photo? I cant see it for some reason

      • I see the photo. I had the same issue yesterday. I figured out if you refresh that seems to make it pop up. It did for me. Hope it works for you.

        • Henry Harcsa

          Thank you, I can see it now

      • Henry Harcsa

        should look more like I see it on my monitor

  • Sandy

    Okay, I photographed Roma tomatoes and green beans. I took the pictures on a piece of black and white foamcore boards. This is all new to me so please provide feedback. I shot the pictures at several different angles in vertical and landscape. However, here are my two favorite shots.

  • Henry Harcsa

    Tried different stylization of fruits in the bowl and angles, I went from over the top slowly to 0, from all the photos I liked this one most(It seem I have some color profile issues)

  • Jens Erik Ebbesen

    Tomatoes was my subject. Today I started photographing the tomatoes in the greenhouse. I tried several new angles. From the two I chose, the first one from below and the second one slightly from above 15 degree angle.

  • Jessica

    Wow, what a lesson learned! I tried 4 different angles and as soon as I got this one I was wowed. I love it! I feel so very uplifted by this first practical exercise. Thanks, Neel.
    Didn’t have much time for props etc., thought I would just do a simple ingredient shot… It’s unedited so not sure about the brightness, I don’t have a calibration software yet. Thoughts?

  • I shot the polenta from 4 different angles and prefer this camera angle. The light is better and the colors were captured more realistically- the yellow in the top down shot was too washed out.

    • Guest

      Oops the image didn’t load. Here is a lower resolution version.

  • Guest

    I shot the polenta from 4 different angles and prefer this camera angle. The light is better and the colors were captured more realistically- the yellow in the top down shot was too washed out.

  • Aniko Takacs

    Hello there, I tried several different camera angles and these are my favorites.

  • Shruti J

    Any prepared dish was actually not in my list to shoot but as I had it freshly made last evening, I thought of capturing the bowl itself 🙂 I took 45 and 60 degree shots.. Then clicked some with side n top views! And finally, I loved this one the most… Quite simple but happy with it!

  • sarah4est

    Here are my two shots- I am on vacation so I could only use my phone to upload. But I feel like these angles are typical of my every day food photography. I would really like to improve these every photos.

  • sarah4est

    Angle 1

  • My subject was my own peanut butter banana chocolate chip granola. I went it with a preconceived notion of which angle I thought would work best. I took 24 pictures from about 7 different angles and these are the two I liked best. Neither one was from the angle I had thought would be the winner. Guess I’m learning already. I like the color in the one where the granola is center stage and solo, although there is something which appeals to me about the other picture, although I can’t exactly place my finger on why.

    • Anibalismo

      do you have the recipe for this? Looking at the photos really makes me want to cook it 🙂

    • great job meghan!

  • sarah4est

    Angle 2

  • Donna S

    Amazed at the talent hear and love learning from everyone. I decided to shoot plain old mushrooms. I wanted to challenge myself with some brown food and see if I make it look appetizing. Let me know your thoughts.

    • Donna S

      Not sure why picture did not upload .. will try again

  • turmericnspice

    I took 4 different angles and I liked the overhead the most, I like how the light and shadows created depth.

    • Lili Basic Capaccetti

      Beautiful photo Simi, love the light and shadows!

      • turmericnspice

        Thanks Lili

    • Love that corn. Well done 😉

      • turmericnspice

        Thxs El

  • turmericnspice

    I took 4 different angles and I liked the overhead the most, I like how the light and shadows created depth.

    • Karen Hall Sarraga

      I like the composition with the wild corn husks scattered in all directions. I really like the dark mood too although I would like to see the coen kernels a little brighter. The colors are so rich and I think it’s would really pop if they had just a bit more light.

  • Linda @ foodinpixels.com

    Fun project! Here some series of camera angles and the angle I choose

  • Words Of Deliciousness

    Simple shot of pretzels.

  • Mike

    This one was kind of fun. Although I’m thinking I should have put the small bowls of scallions in front of the cabbage.

  • Guest

    This one was kind of fun. Although I’m thinking I should have put the small bowls of scallions in front.

  • John Vaillancourt

    I guess I’m a little late to the party being on the east coast of the US, but here are my submissions.

    I chose only two angles to start with: 90 degrees and about 10 degrees. Overall, I like the 90 degree shot, but the low angle was pleasing to me too. I took only about ten shots total due to waning sunlight and hunger.

    Please comment!

  • Guest

    Here’s mine. An arugula and watermelon salad. Shot lots of angles and distances. These are two of my favorites.

  • Guest

    So I wanted to do something white on white/higher key and settled on some powdered donuts. This angle was the most pleasing to me.

  • Mike

    Here is mine. An arugula and watermelon salad. I shot lots of angels and distances. These are two of my favorites.

    • Connie Kays-Gordon

      Very light and summery….I like this one. If summery was a word…visions of summer.

  • Karen Hall Sarraga

    Long day but I finally got my pictures taken and processed. I settled on the overhead shot as my favorite. I would have re-styled it a bit if I had more time and the exercise got me thinking about some additional improvements I could have made to the low angle version as well. I like the repeating circles but I would have preferred a bit more separation between the bowl of flour and the wood cutting board. I have a tendency to crop in camera too closely so I tried to leave more room here.

  • Leslie

    I ended up killing two birds with one stone. Got out of work & I was hungry. Every time I have gone to the Boston Market near home they always have a beautiful presentation of side dishes behind the glass, so I thought what the heck.

    When I first started taking photos, I left the meal on the plate as it was first placed. It doesn’t present the sandwich in the best light, but I really liked this angle. It was a birdseye view of the meal at a slight angle. This is closer to the beginning of taking pictures.

    As I tried different angles, I looked at how the food was placed & I started moving the macaroni & sandwich around. I took a bunch of pictures close up & farther away. When I did this, it changed the focus of what food was being high lighted. The last couple of pictures I had turned the sandwich out, moved the macaroni dish and zoomed in a little more. This highlighted the sandwich; the one after highlighted the macaroni.

    • Anibalismo

      I liked the close up of the second one. Maybe I would have tried moving the soda glass a bit left 🙂

  • John Vaillancourt

    I chose only two angles for the sake of expediency since light was waning: overhead and very low, about 10-15 degrees. Overall, I think the overhead shot works best, but the low angle is pleasing too.

    Open to feedback – please comment!

  • Guest

    I wanted to shoot something white-on-white/high key and decided on these powdered donuts. This angle was the most pleasing to me.

    • Sorry it posted as “Guest” — my name is Allison by the way!

  • Varada

    I tried several angles but settled on the almost 90 degrees for both pictures. My subjects were carrots/apples (I used tomatoes in stead of apples) and liquids (I used dal)

  • Adrienne Proctor

    I truly do love all types of bread. I took around a dozen shots with different arrangements of the bread. This was done with natural light in the evening. I liked this picture best of all. The down side of this photo is you can’t see the honey on the slice of bread behind the one with jam. I will get a better shot next time with a different type of bread.

  • John Vaillancourt

    Third time’s a charm?

    I chose only two angles due to waning light and hunger: overhead and very low, about 10-15 degrees. Overall, I like the overhead shot best, but the low angle is pleasing too. Feedback welcome – please comment!

  • Steve DeBeus

    I wanted to see how it would look if I used different shades of brown, and how the light would effect each brown. I was surprised how the brown cereal did not blend into the table as much as I would have thought.

  • Guillermo Villa

    I used a 45 degree angle in 2 ways so I can give more action to the muffins image… any critics are welcome 🙂

  • My angles were at approximately 10, 25, 75 and 90 degrees. I couldn’t upload the photo even though the file size was well under the limit.

  • Guest

    I tried several angles and ended up loving this one straight on because of the light and detail of the berries. Love seeing all of your photos!

  • ashamor

    I tried multiple angles and ended up loving this one straight on because of the light and detail of the berries. Love seeing all of your photos!

    • Connie Kays-Gordon

      nice, dark moody sexy….love this one.

      • Anibalismo

        such a nice picture!

    • Kris Giamouridou

      Hi there! Love the anlge and the fact that you sprinkled your berries with water. That makes them more fresh and tasty. I kindly dissagre with the green bowl you used, you could have choosen something more elegant to elevate the picture…

    • Beautifully in black. Love that green which does not take the focus on blackberries it improves it.

  • Sarah Linden

    Great lesson–it helped me understand why choosing an angle is a conscious choice. I chose to shoot radishes, easter egg radishes to be exact (named after their light pink and purple colors, rather than the traditional red). I took a ton of photos from every angle imaginable! But I chose the ones below because I find the angles feature the texture of the radishes well, specially that tail-like root you cut off before eating. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

    • Karen Hall Sarraga

      I like the second and third photos the best. #2 for its dreamy quality (although I would like to see a bit more sharpness in the front) and #3 for the contrasting colors and play of light.

      • Sarah Linden

        Karen–thanks for your input. I agree with the sharpness in the second. I should have opened up my f-stop a bit more.

    • Connie Kays-Gordon

      Radish are such super models.

      • Sarah Linden

        Hah, that they are! And they were way less expensive than the cherries I originally planned to buy. 🙂

  • Guest

    I used about three angles, but mostly the 20 degrees one. Most of them were horizontally. I love simple elements so I used only salt and chives.

    • Connie Kays-Gordon

      I really like this one.

  • Stephanie Elie

    Today was a bit of a challenge, I was short on time and short on some natural light. This will be a constant problem throughout this process because I get home so late. I did however buy some of the supplies I wanted for some of the shoots going forward. But today I was in a bit of a rush so grabbed whatever was being prepared for dinner instead. I tried several angles but the overhead shot ended up looking the best.

  • Guest

    Today was a bit of a challenge, I was short on time and short on some natural light. This will be a constant problem throughout this process because I get home so late. I did however buy some of the supplies I wanted for some of the shoots going forward. But today I was in a bit of a rush so grabbed whatever was being prepared for dinner instead. I tried several angles but the overhead shot ended up looking the best. I’ll be more prepared tomorrow

  • Gory James

    I used simple elements such as salt and chives, and tried at least three angles with different perspectives. I liked the 20 degrees the most for this shot. Here’s the result.

    • Anibalismo

      Totally awesome 😀

    • Kris Giamouridou

      Nice pic Gory, but a bit underexposed. I like though how you placed your subject. Thank you

  • Stephanie Elie

    Today was a bit of a challenge, I was short on time and short on some natural light. This will be a constant problem throughout this process because I get home so late. I did however buy some of the supplies I wanted for some of the shoots going forward. But today I was in a bit of a rush so grabbed whatever was being prepared for dinner instead. I tried several angles but the overhead shot ended up looking the best. I’ll be more prepared tomorrow…

  • Stephanie Elie

    Today was a bit of a challenge, I was short on time and short on some natural light. This will be a constant problem throughout this process because I get home so late. I did however buy some of the supplies I wanted for some of the shoots going forward. But today I was in a bit of a rush so grabbed whatever was being prepared for dinner instead. I tried several angles but the overhead shot ended up looking the best. I’ll be more prepared tomorrow for sure…

  • I’ve been a fan of the shot from above lately, but with the set up here this angle was the best.

    • Kris Giamouridou

      Hi Chelle! I love the pic including the angle, plus it brings me an early morning mood.

  • DonnaS

    Having a very hard time getting photos to upload. Can anyone tell me if they are having a similar problem ?

    • Sarah Linden

      Donna–are your photo sizes 2MB or less?

      • DonnaS

        Hi Sara… yes they are far less than 2 MB. They show up as a thumbnail on the upload … then they seem to disappear
        have tried three times. Any suggestions

        • Sarah Linden

          Hmm that’s really odd. I’m not sure why that’s happening. I would suggest trying a different browser. I’ve been using Safari, and it’s worked great. Which are you using?

          I do know you’re not the only one having issues, though. Based on a lot of other posts, people are having problems with uploading pictures.

          • Donna S

            Ok. I will try that. Thanks for the suggestion.

          • Sarah Linden

            Sure thing! I wish there was another platform we could use to share…this one isn’t the best, I have to say. I may start posting on the Google+ community, but I don’t think many others are. Anyways, good luck!

          • Thanks for the feedback @disqus_NJbtNzZ1oR:disqus.

  • Deepa

    Hi All!! I decided to try photographing wine as it is something I have very little experience with. I did my setup and tried 0, 45, approx 65 and 90 degree shots. Although I have shot some subjects well in 45 and 65 degree angles, I found those angles awkward for the wine glass/bottle in this setup at least. I found the 0 degree pic worked best in this case, and also got some decent top down (90 deg) pics of the wine glass. Below is my fave pic, at 0 degree. I am unsure how I feel about the line between the surface and the background. Any thoughts on any of it would be welcome.
    Thanks all!

    • Sarah Linden

      Pretty!

  • thefreshmancook

    I tried this photo from all the angles, and I liked this one best.

  • Guest

    I used a 60 degree angle. Trying to showcase the bread while giving a hint of the accessories.

  • Guest

    I used a 60 degree angle.

  • Connie Kays-Gordon

    I took a bunch of shots from all different angles. I think I like the one from 90 degrees. I had to climb on a latter but I like how it looks.

  • Chris Coleman

    This is my 60 degree angle

  • Lynn Pennington

    My first choice was berries. 🙂 First image is with adjustments in Lightroom. Second image added a texture in Photoshop – my attempt to get the feel for an whiskey add in a magazine .

  • Guillermo Villa

    Three angles and let me tell you that those muffins with milk taste awesome 🙂

  • Connie Kays-Gordon

    This was the best one. Having a hard time posting pictures. The page keeps locking up…hmm.

    • Ingrid Ortiz

      Me, too!

  • Ingrid Ortiz

    I took photos from several angles. These four were the best ones. (Not sure why the other two are not loading? Perhaps the files are too large?) My least favorite was the birdseye view.

    My focus was on the homemade salted caramel(over homemade banana ice cream, YUM!). I was going for rich decadent luscious. I’m not certain if I accomplished that completely. I’m not crazy about high key photos but due to my lack of natural light when I get home that’s basically what I’m left with.

  • Donna S

    Top down salad pic

  • Ingrid Ortiz

    Here’s the other two photos

  • Donna S

    DonnaS

  • jcsoo .

    Swiss Roll

  • Sara Cremese

    My choice of food is bread and I will take into consideration all kind of bread (focaccia, breadsticks, pita bread, crackers,…..). I started with white bread, specific ciabatta bread. I’ve tried around 5 different angles and 3 different light directions and , in my opinion, this is my best shot: I appreciate critiques or suggestion on how to improve! thank you!

  • Sara Cremese

    My choice of food is bread and I will take into consideration all kind of bread (focaccia, breadsticks, pita bread, crackers,…..). I started with white bread, specific ciabatta bread. I’ve tried around 5 different angles and 3 different light directions and , in my opinion, this is my best shot: I appreciate critiques or suggestion on how to improve! thank you!

  • …more pantry items

  • Rochelle

    Here is my photograph of grapefruit. I love the flavor, bitterness, etc. I cut it up and used a cutting board for my white background so the color would pop.

    • Rochelle

      I don’t know why the photograph didn’t attach.

  • Rochelle

    I don’t know if this is attaching or not but it doesn’t appear on my page, so my last time trying!

  • GT

    Eggs in a wooden bowl 🙂 The overhead shot seems to work the best for me.

  • Thiago Cardoso

    After 60 shots, this is my picture. I tried several composition and angles, and I found that 15 degrees was the best.

  • So I used some lime and water.
    Y thing the best angle was 90 degree, and I put the 3 main images just for contrasting.
    I took around 25+ photos, i shoot at almost 5:00pm

    Priscilla (August 7, 2014)

  • Hi, So many wonder images! I’m pretty new to food photography and a little behind, but I chose to shoot fresh fruit and veggies. After many tries and different angles I like this one the best as a square crop.

  • Nirmiti

    Raspberry sorbet by the stovetop. Sneaking into the kitchen late night! Guilty pleasures:) Taken with a smart phone. No filter.

    • Nirmiti

      Top view and side view angles. Took 3 pictures and have posted 2 of those 3. Am new to photography and eager to learn.

  • Gavin Ternent

    Photographed from two main angles; straight on, from side and varied the height 3 times at the 2 angles. The top view was very uninteresting.

  • Guest

    Onions

  • tamta

    Onions

  • dd

    I tried 4-5 different angles and liked this shot most. With the angle i tried to avoid background and show off the tomatoes 🙂

  • Vladislava Dikan

    I chose this pic, camera angle is about 10 degrees

  • Alain Meessen

    Sorry i am again late, had to work 🙂 I made three point of views, straight forwards, from position down, than i had a nice black background, in contrast with the glas. Black with red and a little bit green. The second I was going up to ’45 degree . Same light, this is now a very bright, fresh picture, without the black background, i think better than the first. My third one from above, in close up, very colorful. By the way the dish is a cold soep from watermelon en tomato with shrimps, goat cheese and atsinacress.

  • Kristín Couch

    Hi.
    I baked those wonderful oatmeal cookies and wanted to take pictures of them. Decided to use bright colours for decorations and props.
    I tried every angel with this one. from 0-90 degree angel and found this one was the best. As I said before, I like to see layers of the food. I have gone through my older food pictures and it seems I usually take food pictures from around 20 degrees. I am going to challenge my self to change that a little bit 🙂

  • Misky

    I took about 4 difference shots, and decided this one was best.

  • Guest

    Hi, here is my photo.
    I chose blackberries because we recollected them today.
    I tried several times with angles 0º, 10-20º and 90º and I like more this one (aprox. 20º).

  • anariva95

    Hi, here is my photo.

    I chose blackberries because we recollected them today.

    I tried several times with angles 0º, 10-20º and 90º and I like more this one (aprox. 20º).

  • káča suchá

    Finally I made assigment n. 3.
    From all the photos I made I choose this one.

  • Jason Mountier

    I realised that I will struggle with time today (work commitments) to get the shots I wanted so I had a quick look through some shots I took the other week of a dish I made for my blog and realised that I had already gone through the angle selection and like a lot of people commenting already, dishes that are flat (breads, pizza etc) are best shot from directly above but dishes with any height to their structure are best shot from lower angles.
    I found that for my ‘best’ shot the angle was around 60 degrees.

  • Martina

    Hi all,
    after a lot of shooting I picked this one. Hope you like it.

  • Chantal Tellier

    Hello , I am very very new at this so here goes my main subject is tomatoes as my garden is full of them . I took 20 photos and the angle I am more comfortable with is 20 to 40.

  • Guest

    I shot these beautiful hierloom tomatoes (right before slicing them for a salad). I tried different angles, having one tomato vs. three, whole vs. sliced. I ended up going with a picture of slices so you can see an array of colors. The angle I chose was in that 45-60 degree range, which is actually unusual for me. Normally I shoot best from straight above.

  • Elana

    I shot these beautiful hierloom tomatoes (right before slicing them for a salad). I tried different angles, having one tomato vs. three, whole vs. sliced. I ended up going with a picture of slices so you can see an array of colors. The angle I chose was in that 45-60 degree range, which is actually unusual for me. Normally I shoot best from straight above.

  • Mukul

    – More than 100 shot.
    – Camera angle 45 to 60 Degree.

  • Mercedes Iribarne

    Wow!! all the photos are great!! I think i have a lot to learn!!:)

    Well, here is my photo. It is actually a photo of my breaksfast today!! Fresh pear, lemon and cucumber juice!!! I like this angle because it shows the height of the pear!! 🙂

  • Steve DeBeus

    I wanted to see how it would look if I used different shades of brown, and how the light would effect each brown. I was surprised how the brown cereal did not blend into the table as much as I would have thought.

  • Steve DeBeus

    Here is one more, maybe you all could let me know which you like better. Thanks

    • Sarah Linden

      I think I like this angle better! Maybe because I can see “chocolate” written on the bottle. I get a better sense of what’s going on in this photo than the first one.

      • Steve DeBeus

        Thanks for the feedback Sarah

  • Mukul

    More then 100 shot.

    Camera angle 45 to 60 Degree.

  • Anibalismo

    this are mine photos. Cupcake day at home 😀

  • Guest

    I dare to risk today shooting at an (”underhead”) angle completely out of my league Usually my favorites are 0, 45, 60 and overhead depending on the subject, set up and available light. What do you think?

  • Kris Giamouridou

    I dare to risk today shooting at an (”underhead”) angle completely out of my league Usually my favorites are 0, 45, 60 and overhead depending on the subject, set up and available light. Please feel free to write your commets 🙂

  • Kris Giamouridou

    Day 3: Today I dared to risk shooting at an ”underhead” angle, completely out of my league. Usually my favorites are 0, 45, 60 and overhead depending on the subject set up and available light. Pls feel free to write your comments…. 🙂

    • Michelle Ordonez

      I agree to what you just said…. that it depends on the subject and how well the subject is lit. I really don’t have a favorite angle. 🙂

      • Kris Giamouridou

        Me too! Sometimes I find myself moving around the subject (food). Sometimes improvisation and practice is more effective than always choose doing the same thing.

    • Anibalismo

      I think it worth the risk 🙂 I’d like it 😀

      • Kris Giamouridou

        Thank you Anibalismo!

  • Rahshonda

    Day 3: I am new at photography all together so I am learning the different angles. I did not make any adjustments to the pictures. Feel free to give feedback.

    Thanks 🙂

  • Rahshonda

    Day 3: I am new at photography all together so I am learning the different angles. I did not make any adjustments to the pictures. Feel free to give feedback.

    • Rahshonda

      Sorry for double posting was having some computer issues.

  • ashwini

    oats squares… Had to click with my phone

  • Guest

    Hello, I tried many angles and enjoyed the process of thinking about each one and reviewing the result. This is the one I liked best.

  • Katie Arkenberg

    I have been experimenting with different photo backgrounds, I tried this bowl of cherries on a light and dark wood tones. Ultimately I decided that I preferred the darker background with the rich, red tones of the cherries. I took 10+ photos on each background, and decided I like this angle the best.

  • laurie

    Hello, I shot many angles and enjoyed the process of setting them up and reviewing the result. Liked this one best.

  • Silvia

    Hello! These are my pictures…bye SILVIA

  • anselm smith

    Here is my image of a cupcake for this lesson. I took 3 shots at different angles,and the 45degree front shot worked best for this image. It’s a natural light shot with the light coming in on the right with a white reflector on the left.

    • Adry Foto Pad

      beautiful that look good to eat like right now ! looks like july 4th cupcakes ..

  • Maria Natali Malkan

    This is my home made steamed cake. I was so happy that after a lot of failed result this is the one I really satisfied with the result. The cake was blown up and cracked into four. I took a lot of pictures, with some styling presentation. Finally this is best shoot. Taken with Canon G12, LED light in lower left side.Speed 1/4 sec.

  • Guest

    I tires many angles, and found that in this case somewhere in the middle might be the right angle. I can see in many magazines that currently shooting from above is the most populat however I disagree that it is always the best choice.

  • Adrienn Bako

    I tried many angles, and found that in this case somewhere in the middle
    might be the right angle. I can see in many magazines that currently
    shooting from above is the most populat however I disagree that it is
    always the best choice.

  • Guest

    I tried quite a few different angles as well us some shots more up close. I ended up settling on this one.

  • Julie @ Texan New Yorker

    I think this one is best. I basically did three angles and variations on a theme: from the top looking straight down, from a 45 degree angle, and about a 60 degree angle. I think I preferred the top.

  • Guest

    I shot multiple angles as well as coming in tighter and further away. I ended up kind of liking this one.

  • Meghan

    I am posting late! I took a lot of pictures from different angles and posted this one because I liked how the stone and shadows look.

  • Adry Foto Pad

    ok so this is done with the iphone FOR THE MOMENT ! Not the style or quality im used to with the dslr but its durable till i purchase another dslr…

  • Adry Foto Pad

    ok so this is done with the iphone FOR THE MOMENT ! Not the style or
    quality im used to with the dslr but its durable till i purchase another
    dslr… also i could only shoot this from one angle cause my kitchen is small … i tried shooting from the top but it didnt look right…

  • Marinel Romana

    I choose to start with raw veggies. I did different degrees of angles basically at 0, 10, 45 and 90. I tried as well on settings like close-up, portrait and creative auto. I took about 15 shots. Here’s the outcome I consider dramatically being shoot.

  • Marinel Romana

    Sorry classmates. I’ve been trying to upload several times but unsuccessful 🙁

  • This is my favorite angle for the fruits in a bow.

  • Guest

    choose to start with raw veggies. I did different degrees of angles basically at 0, 10, 45 and 90. I tried as well on settings like close-up, portrait and creative auto. I took about 15 shots. Here’s the outcome I consider dramatically being shoot.

  • Isabel

    Hello,
    I took the pictures in the four angles and for me the best was this:

  • Hello, for class 3 assignement, I took pictures in different angles but I think fits better between 45 / 60 degrees (for this product)

  • Roz

    I took photos at about 5 different angles and like this one the best . . . it is somewhat looking down, but also a bit horizontal. The background is undisturbed and I like how the bowl is blurry in the background with the focus on the bread in the front.

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  • Bowman

    I’ve done little photography so this has been a good learning experience. I took a number of pictures from about 7 angles.

  • Guest

    Unfortunately I had to shoot with artificial light, and without specific equipment, so could not really exploit this resource.
    I took 4 different angles shots and here are the two I liked best

  • Unfortunately I had to shoot with artificial light, and without specific equipment, so could not really exploit this resource.
    I took 4 different angles shots and here are the two I liked best!

    • Anibalismo

      I think is a really nice photo 🙂

  • Lus Pepper Heusner-Wilkinson

    I have been attending a catering conference so I have not been able to photograph the items I have said that I would photograph. This is a demo item from one of the presentations. I shot this with my Samsung S3 from 6 different angles and positions around the table.

  • Guest

    Due to the way I arranged the sushi, I think this angle (around 25 to 30 degrees) would be most ideal for this shot. I’ve tried 45 degrees and top down, but I don’t think those angles were ideal in bringing out the overall mood that I hoped to achieve.

  • I took 7 different angles and liked this one best. It’s at a low angle; I tend to like that angle best as opposed to a higher angle or top-down.

  • Guest

    Due to the arrangement of the sushi, I think 25 to 30 degree angle would be most ideal to bring out the mood of this photo that I’ve taken.

  • Guest

    I took this shot in 10 angle, cause i like the reflex on the table. The light came from my window. I prefer for this kind of picture 10 angle.

  • Ileana Calero

    I took this shot in 10 angle, cause i like the reflex on the table. The light came from my window. I prefer for this kind of picture 10 angle.

  • Michelle Ferrand

    These were some freshly picked tomatoes (and one carrot!) from my grandpa’s garden. I tried about 5 different angles and took about 25 shots. I liked this angle the best, I am not really sure what I liked about it the most, but something about it stood out from the other photos/angles I took/tried!

  • mmoy

    I’m trying to catch up on lessons so I’m posting a smoothie photo I took from a few weeks ago. I took multiple shots from 90, 45, 10-20, and 0. I think this overhead shot was the best.

  • Kim Chua

    Im inspired by my subject and also hungry for my lunch. I only took one angle coz the bowl was quite deep and i the food is not that much to overflow. i planned the color and texture of the stones would compliment each other and give a very healthy or natural feel. I also like how the colors just pop.

  • I normally shoot around 30 to 45 degrees, I seem to prefer that, but for this one I thought the top down worked best.

  • Anibalismo

    This is my second upload, because i wasn’t very happy with the first one :/
    I shoot 6 photos, varying from 90 degrees (above the food) to 0 degrees (aside from the food) this one is 30 degrees (I think) and for my composition it was the one that filled the frame the most.

    I hope you liked 😀

  • automnetorte

    Hopefully this picture works. It’s the pre-cooking photo of some sockeye salmon, which is one of my chosen topics since I cook it so much:

  • automnetorte

    Okay, trying again:

    [IMG]http://i58.tinypic.com/332ryhk.jpg[/IMG]

  • Lizzy | Kitchen Nomad

    These tomatoes seemed easy to photograph at first, but the more angles I explored the more complicated it became. Of all the photos, this was the best one. I didn’t anticipate this view would work best, but somehow it did.

  • Catching up now that the household is over the flu and food was the last thing we’d look at. Here are some green beans. I shot them in a basket, in a bowl, with water running on them…7 images that I ended up liking enough to edit. I never do macros but I like how it showed the color and texture of the beans the best.

    • Katriina Mueller

      Love the contrast, beautiful!

  • Guest

    I shot local, very ripe sugar plums. I took about 40 shots from 4 angles ranging from nearly parallel with the plums to directly overhead. I liked the overhead shot and this angle the best. I chose this photo (processed 2 ways) because my focus point wasn’t quite right on the overhead shot. I used my Canon Rebel T3i with my new prime lens (Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II), which I am still learning how to use well…at times the autofocus struggled and I had to switch it to manual focus. This was shot in natural light, inside on a table next to a window during magic hour.

  • Guest

    Better late than never… Here is my steak from the other night. I shot so many angles, different compositions, used different props, I was left with about 20 photos at the end of it all. This was my favourite.

  • Guest

    One of the subjects that I chose was grains. The other night I made sweet potato, chipotle seasoned pork, and red quinoa tacos on blue corn & flaxseed tortillas.
    I have been shooting food for a little bit now for my blog, so I’ve figured out which angles that I like best. I took pictures in about 5 angles, from up top to low like this one. I chose this photo because the angle really shows off the texture and color of the food, especially the red quinoa.

    • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

      sorry for the multiple posts, it didn’t look like the photos were uploading!

  • Guest

    One of the subjects that I chose was grains. The other night I made sweet potato, chipotle seasoned pork, and red quinoa tacos on blue corn & flaxseed tortillas.
    I have been shooting food for a little bit now for my blog, so I’ve figured out which angles that I like best. I took pictures in about 5 angles, from up top to low like this one. I chose this photo because the angle really shows off the texture and color of the food, especially the red quinoa.

  • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

    One of the subjects that I chose was grains. The other night I made sweet potato, chipotle seasoned pork, and red quinoa tacos on blue corn & flaxseed tortillas.
    I have been shooting food for a little bit now for my blog, so I’ve figured out which angles that I like best. I took pictures in about 5 angles, from up top to low like this one. I chose this photo because the angle really shows off the texture and color of the food, especially the red quinoa.

  • Guest

    One of the subjects that I chose was grains. The other night I made sweet potato, chipotle seasoned pork, and red quinoa tacos on blue corn & flaxseed tortillas.
    I have been shooting food for a little bit now for my blog, so I’ve figured out which angles that I like best. I took pictures in about 5 angles, from up top to low like this one. I chose this photo because the angle really shows off the texture and color of the food, especially the red quinoa. And the tacos were really tasty too!

  • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

    One of the subjects that I chose was grains. The other night I made sweet potato, chipotle seasoned pork, and red quinoa tacos on blue corn & flaxseed tortillas.
    I have been shooting food for a little bit now for my blog, so I’ve figured out which angles that I like best. I took pictures in about 5 angles, from up top to low like this one. I chose this photo because the angle really shows off the texture and
    color of the food, especially the red quinoa. The tacos were really tasty too!

  • Guest

    One of the subjects that I chose was grains. The other night I made sweet potato, chipotle seasoned pork, and red quinoa tacos on blue corn & flaxseed tortillas.
    I have been shooting food for a little while now for my blog, so I’ve figured out which angles that I like best. I took pictures in about 5 angles, from up top to low like this one. I chose this photo because the angle really shows off the texture and
    color of the food, especially the red quinoa. The tacos were really tasty too!

  • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

    One of the subjects that I chose was grains. The other night I made sweet potato, chipotle seasoned pork, and red quinoa tacos on blue corn & flaxseed tortillas.
    I have been shooting food for a little while now for my blog, so I’ve figured out which angles that I like best. I took pictures in about 5 angles, from up top to low like this one. I chose this photo because the angle really shows off the texture and
    color of the food, especially the red quinoa. The tacos were really tasty too, I can’t wait to have them again!

  • Katriina Mueller

    Sorry, running behind schedule as emails didn’t come through till end of the week. Here are my two angles; I definitely prefer the horizontal view 🙂

  • Sorry, we were in hospital, so I am behind the schedule as well.
    I used 8 angles. This one was the best.

  • Paul Robertson

    I quite like your photo here Kristin. Nice mix of colours, the subject looks nice and sharp, no harsh shadows. Nice! I agree with others about the dark distraction at lower left edge, and also the glass looks like it’s slightly ‘tipping forward’, as Judy puts it. I guess getting the camera just that bit more square on, but a pretty minor thing and to get it absolutely perfect is probably quite tricky. Hand held or tripod? If a tripod had been used perhaps that would have aided getting it perfectly square-on. I’m also not so sure of the depth of field, for me, I think I’d prefer the table top and other ‘mess’ a bit more in focus, in this case. I’m not totally sure about this, but I’d like to see it like that and as it is here, both next to each other to compare. Also, using the best berries (in perfect condition), and with nothing on top of them, would have made it a tad better as well. Of course, if you haven’t got berries in perfect condition at the time, do it again one day when you have. Great effort and concept though, and better than my best food photo to date!

  • Guest

    I had difficulty in uploading so my photo comes late. I tried many angles with my subject and this is i like the most.

  • Guest

    I tried so many angles with my subject and this is I like the most.

  • That was fun, I am still behind and am trying to catch up. Started off taking pictures of a sliced tomato, but then saw a couple green tomatoes and decided that would be a fun contrast with ripe red tomatoes. So ended up taking pictures of whole tomatoes in the end. Can’t post b/c can’t get my computer to use hot spot while I am away???…but I definitely appreciate finding appropriate background!

  • We are still in Greece with a very slow internet. Today is better 🙂 This photo is about one of my morning coffee frappe. It didn’t matter that the other costumers were looking at me, I took 10 photos from 3 different angles. This I liked, mostly because of the background.

  • Liz

    I am delighted with the fresh fruit and this is one of the photos that I like, I did it in different angles and the process was fun.

  • I used 3 angels. Most I like the overhead shot.

  • ikve

    I took about 10 photos tried about 5 angles. I preferred this one :

  • Apaali

    I ended up with this one after numerous tries.

  • Nancy

    Day 3: Camera Angle – I shot these cupcakes (and allot more!) from 5 different angles and compositions. I chose the overhead shot because it captured the texture and geometry of the subject matter. Although this is not a terribly colorful photo, I actually like that as it keeps it more modern and emphasizes the graphic quality of the photo.

  • Marina Proniakova

    it seems to me I am the last one!

  • jillrapley

    Had a lot of fun today with this – I tried looking straight down, then 2-3 angles. I was using light from the window. That was a bit bright, so I closed the blinds and decreased the shutter speed. Then tried shooting straight across the table – and it seemed to give the best result.Spent about an hour or so adjusting light, and composition. I started out with 3 peppers, and ended up decided that focusing on just one looked better.

    Very much a newbie in this area of photography – but I am having fun learning. I have some days off this week, so plan on catching up as much as possible. Will appreciate your comments and suggestions.

    P.S. – I did upload the image, but I don’t see it – going to refresh that page and then try again.

  • jillrapley

    Mm – tried to delete the last post to upload a better edit of the image – but this system won’t let me 🙁

  • jillrapley

    Going to try again – Had a lot of fun today with this – I tried looking straight down, then 2-3 angles. I was using light from the window. That was a bit bright, so I closed the blinds and decreased the shutter speed. Then tried shooting straight across the table – and it seemed to give the best result.Spent about an hour or so adjusting light, and composition. I started out with 3 peppers, and ended up decided that focusing on just one looked better.
    I am having fun learning. I have some days off this week, so plan on catching up as much as possible.

    Will appreciate your comments and suggestions.

  • jillrapley

    Ok – the image did not upload – now it seems to have.

  • hcr

    I shot these turkish delights from 6 different angles and compositions. And finally I chose this angle.

  • Guest

    I took 5 different angles and I decided that this one was the one I liked the most.

  • I photographed two garlic heads in different angles: birds-eye, 45º angle in different sides (about 6 different angles) and the final angle I decided I like the most was almost 0º

  • Here is my try – did about 10 different angles. Not 100% happy just because it seems a little flat. I like the background and the oatmeal seems pretty easy. This seemed to be the best angle. Trying to catch up – i’ve fallen behind on the assignments.

  • Doesn’t look like my photo made it – trying again.

  • Bernadette Martin

    I chose produce as my subject, because I have so much from my own garden and CSA. I took this picture from 3 angles, and chose this one. It was the first one I took.

  • Bernadette Martin

    Photo wouldn’t upload.

  • Stephanie Elie

    I’m still having a lot of issues uploading the images… I’m playing a little catch up since I had the day off on Friday. I decided to shoot my breakfast yogurt this morning. I tried several angles and found the above and above/angle shot the most appealing.

  • I am sorry I have been very late in posting my photos only reason I can give you is I got scared looking at all those wonderful clicks, clicked my thought to post my photos into just drafts, I have taken photos for every day assignment but did not have guts to post them, today i decided i will do it however it is 🙂

  • Guest

    I’m behind with the assignments due to shift work so have had a bit of catching up to do. I’m using cumquats from my tree as my subject. I tried several angles and liked these two the best with the higher angle being my top choice. I like the fact there is less background, the fruit fills the top right corner and I like the texture of the front of the board showing in the foreground. What do others think, very keen for feedback.

  • Kathy Thompson

    I’m behind in the assignments due to shift work so I’m playing catch up now. For my subject I’ve chosen cumquats off my tree. I tried several different angles but liked these two the best with my first choice being the higher angle. The reasons I like the higher angle is there is less background, the fruit fills the top right corner and I like the texture on the board showing in the foreground. Very keen for feedback to know which angle other people prefer.

    Edit, sorry the pictures show up twice and I can’t work out how to delete the duplicates.

  • lilka

    I took this photo from 4 different angles,finally I choose this one its my favorite shots.

  • Frode Breimo

    I’m way behind on my assignments but will try to catch up over the next couple of days. I tried about 7-8 different angles for this butternut squash, and I think this was the most interesting one.

  • Frode Breimo

    Picture didn’t show up in my original post. Trying again…

    • Frode Breimo

      Oh, I guess the first was ok after all, sorry for the double post 🙂

  • Cecilia

    Using my phone for now in order to get caught up and complete the assignments. The truth I that I often don’t consciously think about the angle. I look at different angles before taking the photo, and then I go with the one that feels right. This exercise in helpful because it makes me really think about the process.
    This overhead angle worked best, because it showcased the pao de queijo and gave them a sense of height. Side angles made them look a bit distorted and it wasn’t clear what the subject was.

  • Guest

    Hi all! im lagging behind in the lessons. I hope this conversation is still active. I often make a simple salad for my health conscious brother. So i picked up this, for the shoot. i placed the salad in a jar, and did tried about 4-5 angles. This one looks the best. Usually I always love to shoot toppish, but in this case the carrots couldnt be seen. Hence the 45 degree angle. Need your constructive comments for this pic! Thanks in advance.

  • Richa Chopada

    Hi all! im lagging behind in the lessons. I hope this conversation is still active. I often make a simple salad for my health conscious brother. So i picked up this, for the shoot. i placed the salad in a jar, and did tried about 4-5 angles. This one looks the best. Usually I always love to shoot toppish, but in this case the carrots couldnt be seen. Hence the 45 degree angle. Need your constructive comments for this pic! Thanks in advance. Some how im not able to post the pic 🙁

  • Guest

    Here’s the pic. Suggestions please.

  • I have been traveling so could not be take pictures. I read through the lessons and even bought some take out food to shoot in the hotel but it did not work. Now I am back and will try to do all previous assignments. While taking these pictures today, I realized how different it is to understanding by reading the course material and to applying it. This is a wonderful experience and I am learning a lot. Thank you, for this course.

  • I picked 3 angles and this one seemed to be the best.

  • Sergio

    I tried today with my lunch, many different angles (5), the food is too flat, so the best one seems to be the top down. It has been taken with my phone as for the angle subject is ok.

  • Guest

    Hello everybody
    I am so sorry I joined the course late, but I am glad I did, better late than never.
    I used those simple apples as my subject and here are the best 3 angles I got, my favorite is the first one.

    • Guest

      First shot

  • Bashar Hijjawy

    Hello everybody
    I am so sorry I joined the course late, but I am glad I did, better late than never.
    I used those simple apples as my subject and here are the best 3 angles I got, my favorite is the first one.

  • Peter Block

    I posted from 12 different angles. I really like the low posts and when they are close up. You see all the texture of the fruit and vegetables I took pics of

  • Peter Block

    forgot to upload the pic.

  • I took this photo from a straight-on angle, level with the subject. I tried at least three different angles, and this one was my favorite.

  • Trying to upload picture

  • Zane Sproge

    So I tried to make some basic photos for the first task on late evening, on my table, without flash. Below you can see what I got. I tried to capture 4 angles, however now two of them seem to be very similar, maybe I have made a little mess over there 🙂
    Anyway – photo 1 is from 0 degree, photo 2 and photo 3 are from 20-45 degrees, but photo 4 is from 90 degrees.
    I am not sure which I like more. Probably it would be the first one only if background would be the same as my table or much more darker.

    • Jacqueline

      Just to stick in my two cents… I like 2. I think the bit of background lends context without being distracting as, as you say, it is in 1. The distance works better for me in 2 than in 3 too.

      • Zane Sproge

        Oh, that’s interesting! Thanks for your opinion!

  • Jacqueline

    I originally hoped to take this photo from a 30-40 degree angle to show more of the dish and this, more of a sense of context, but I couldn’t get the shadows not to be intrusive. This is taken from just less than a 90 degree angle. I have some issues with it (still not sure about that shadow, although its less egregious here than at other angles) but all in all I like it.

    • Zane Sproge

      I really like the contrast of background and citrus fruit. At first it made me think of tea cup with lemon, but it seems now that it’s something other. So maybe, another angle would be better to show what exactly that is… Anyway – good shot 🙂

      • Jacqueline

        It’s apricot soup (with some citrus zest in it). I think my problem was really choice of receptacle. I wanted to photograph it in the ramekin because I didn’t want it to look like all of the other bowls of soup (it was entered in a cooking contest) but the way the ramekin is shaped, that meant the soup color didn’t show up well unless I was basically head on. I also took this outside, and that meant I had shadow problems. In retrospect I probably should have gone for some kind of glass vessel. (Too late – we ate the soup 🙂

        • Zane Sproge

          Oh my… Apricot soup sounds so great! The best inspiration from this group is to cook something new 😀
          However, I really don’t know how I would adjust this photo to make it better. Maybe you are right about choice of glass…

  • Preethi Krishnan

    Took this shot a couple of days ago. I took up the mushrooms I had handy. Shot in 4 – 5 different angles and this picture turned out the best. But I still see a lot of scope for improvement. Will definitely give this another shot.

    • Zane Sproge

      If I can give me 2 cents – I would suggest you to show more stem of mushrooms. Otherwise it looks like white balls 🙂 Maybe a little bit of adjusts, but looks good!

    • Jacqueline

      I hear what Zane is saying. I thought these were quail eggs until I took a better look. But I feel as if he and I are quibbling at a high level here. The staging and the shot are stunning.

      • Zane Sproge

        I need to agree with Jacqueline – what I told is quibbling 🙂

    • Tia Haygood

      Good concept. Perhaps brighter leaves and a bit more of the stems? I thought they were quail eggs.

  • You can see my photo?

  • trying to post

    • Tia Haygood

      I like the how the subjects lead the eye. I’d say perhaps a bit more color or the fish or in the background to make it pop out more.

  • Giovanni Battaglia

    My test

  • I can cook, but don’t know how to take food photos that look natural or when I do, it takes too much work!
    Also, when I look at my food photos, I really can’t tell if they work or not. However, I know what I like about other photos.

    Lastly, I’m just learning to use a DSLR camera & am not relying on auto shots, so I’m guessing a lot.

  • Vika Flow

    Hi! While I’m waiting you to add me to the group I leave my best photo here. I used 5 different angles and choose 45 degree.

  • Tia Haygood

    Hope I still made it in time for day 3. I had my originals posted on Facebook. These are my angle photos. The first is at 15 degrees. The second at 90 degrees. I’m having a bit trouble with lighting and composition but I’m not sure how to fix them to make the photos more interesting.

  • Harshita Mahajan-Photography

    I did about 7 angles and I liked this one best

  • Pablo Minier

    Hi everyone, after trying several angles I went with 90 degrees for the final shot. I shot this picture not only for the assignment, but for a good friend that just publish this poetry book. He asked for a casual shot that he could post on social media.

  • Christa Chialtas Gault

    I shot the cherries overhead, straight on and at about 45 degrees. I used natural light, and shot with light coming in from the side as well as backlit. The cherries looked best spread out on the board and scattered for an overhead shot, and they looked best stacked in a basket for the 45 degree angle. I liked the look of both the overhead and the 45 degree. The straight on felt somewhat flat so I am not posting those.

  • Gayatri Iyer

    I shot these fruits at various angles and the best angle was about 30 degrees, which showed the details of the fruits scattered on the table. The 60 degrees showed a bit of the background which was not necessary in the photo

  • Vectoryfloor

    I used three angles to shoot the bread. In the first image the angle is less than 30 degrees, showing a bit of background. The contours of the bread are very harsh. In the second image the angle is about 60 degrees, standing somewhat left from the table. The bread is completely visible and the light seems less harsh. The third image was taken standing on the right of the table, extreme close-up. Because of the texture of the bread it’s better to be able to see ‘the whole picture’, in this case the second image. All pictures were shot with natural light, indoors.

    Ps. I can’t upload my images, for some reason. I’ll try later again, of course!

  • LindySez

    I did 7 different angles…it wasn’t hard to figure out which ones wouldn’t work for this particular shot. 90º worked best to show the color of the eggs. I didn’t style it, because it said only to find out camera angle so I did a very simple shot with a speed light.

  • Vectoryfloor

    These are my images I couldn’t upload yesterday for lesson 3.

    I used three angles to shoot the bread. In the first image the angle is less than 30 degrees, showing a bit of background. The contours of the bread are very harsh. In the second image the angle is about 60 degrees, standing somewhat left from the table. The bread is completely visible and the light seems less harsh. The third image was taken standing on the right of the table, extreme close-up. Because of the texture of the bread it’s better to be able to see ‘the whole picture’, in this case the second image. All pictures were shot with natural light, indoors.

  • Ingunn Løvik

    My subject was small mozzarella cheese in a bowl, I didn’t use any props. I did 7 different angles. The angle I liked best was the 75-80 degree.

  • Marina Skår

    My subject was raw dessert and his ingredients. I used three angles (0, 45 and 90 degrees). The best result was with 90 degrees. With another angles background disturbed. I uploaded my photo in FB group.

  • Sherry Saudi

    Hi all,
    Can someone help me find the current course album. I need to post my photo.

  • karthika krishnan

    Hi,

    My subject was eggs. I arranged them in a basket and want to highlight eggs. I tried all angles like 10, 20, 45 and 90.

    I had a background so i was satisfied with the angle 10. I wanted to shoot top down shot but i couldnt cover the full basket. May be i should have used ladder.

    I couldn’t join any facebook group because of some restrictions. Hence, uploading picture here. Also i liked the one with 45 degree angle. I couldnt cover the entire basket but i am happy as how it turned out.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d8f5296ea4422bd2907165d5f0372e73561fb7e8f5ed83a5118d137b227491f6.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4c46ff21905745414d3643ac69d859e5c06098410e88357215fae916ee57829b.jpg

  • Linda Joyce

    My subject was eggs. I tried several angles, including an overhead shot, which I didn’t care for at all. Photographing at 90 degrees didn’t work well, even with two different subjects. I ended up choosing a shot somewhere between 10-20 degrees. I also have a couple of shots at 45 that didn’t turn out too bad.

  • Susan David

    I took three different angles – 0º, 60º and 90º
    Although I really liked the 0º angle, the lighting was giving me a low contrast photo so I ended up choosing the 90º for its better contrast. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9b55dd69afcf3031625310f83f419614612ffafc0c09c281e49e8973ce0155cd.jpg

  • Wendy Polisi

    I did a bowl recipe. It was storming and black out, so the photos were really difficult. I shot all angles and ended up liking the overhead angle the best.

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  • Gerardo Robles Gil

    Hello everyone, for the lesson 3 I shot a lemon ice tea, I tried all camera angles from 0 to 90 degrees, The 90 degrees didn’t work at all, I think this three angles were the best,0,20,60.
    but I am having a problem uploading of my photos, I reduced the size to 2.6MB but there is a message saying “uploading failed make sure your photo is less than 5 MB”, does any one else is having the same problem?
    I uploaded the photos in the FB page.
    Thanks

  • Christa Chialtas Gault

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3e50a91eea7e1c7997799914ba04065babd506ce3ef2b1395191bd654101946d.jpg For lesson 3 I shot some blueberries from my weekly farm box. I shot at all camera angles. My favorite was my overhead shot.

  • Jo Clark

    I got home late, and natural light was gone. Using all the lighting in my kitchen I still wasn’t completely pleased with the shots. So…I found my little monster light that I use when shooting at night, and added that. The pattern the bowl made was very nice, so I actually liked that the best.

    I tried straight on level, angles moving upward toward the top-down, trying shots at 3 different levels (about 25º, 50 º, and 75º) then I
    climbed up on a kitchen chair to shoot straight down (anything for the shot, right!!??) Straight on made my bowl of blueberries look skimpy (it was—I’m almost out!) but the angle of about 80º plus the light made it look like it was painted with sunlight. I’m also posting the finished product – YUM! Breakfast is ready for 5:30 am.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/caa0b7fb82f4132f764aa7d7963cdd546ea472d8f9e98cbc4067ecde1af9db8f.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/07d5ea18c32f4ad1e8f642b39691d63d6227c994c904c90f9f4f272f145b72e3.jpg

  • Jo Clark

    Where is everybody? I thought I’d be LAST…am I taking this course all alone? I do like private tutoring, Neel!! I can’t comment on anyone if I’m the only one here…

  • Alan Sharp

    For this I tried 5 different angles, and the best angle for my shot was at approximately 45 deg. I was amazed though at the difference in photos by simply changing the camera angle.