Camera Review – This weekend you might want to have a good family time in somewhere and enjoy some foods. Let me suggest special lunch set menu for today. How about the Graviax of King Salmon or maybe a salmon steak?

Personally, I really enjoy this food. In my last trip I had a special menu of Salmon called the Graviax of King Salmon. It is special menu from the Mulia Resort Bali – Nusa Dua and Its so delicious. As usually, the opening was a french bread with butter and finally the main course came out with tasty creamy sauce.


I like to photograph my food during culinary tour. I believe we agree that almost everyone does the same thing when they have very special food :) . So the problem is how to make a good food photography? What camera should be used? And how to set the camera?

So let me share some tips for today. I like very sharp and clear food photo which could expose all juicy things in my steak or what ever. But, I do not want to ruin my holiday with a bunch of gears like a light box, flash, and other heavy stuffs. Then, it means I have to use my DSLR camera or pocket mirror less camera to shoot my food. How to set the camera? Check my Camera Review

Step by step guidance

  1. Use medium to small aperture such as f5.6 to f11
  2. Make sure you are able to get a bright light. Could be from window light (Day) or get a lighting from an ambient restaurant light as long as it is not too warm (You need to adjust the White Balance to 2,700-3,500 Kelvin)
  3. Shoot in RAW, its a must. When shoot in a raw we can adjust the color and lighting in Adobe Light room or Adobe Camera Raw and it is so much fun
  4. Set your food under the light and it must well exposed with very soft gradation from highlight to shadow. Do not harshly light your object.
  5. Use evaluative metering and Spot Focus. To make a good food photo, I prefer to blur 50% or more and just put the focus on the half part of the food. It will increase a drama effect
  6. Use a zoom and avoid to capture the whole part of your meal. And remember the rule of third. I am okay with portrait or landscape orientation as long as it is comfortable for me
  7. I usually shoot with +1 stop higher exposure (Brighter). So the ISO will approximately 800-1600. The faster the shutter, the sharper the image. Should you are able to use a flash, manually expose your camera to 1 stop under and go for the bounce flash. Never hit your food directly with the flash to keep its color and lighting gradation.
  8. Finally, remember that you could provide enough lighting. Insufficient lighting will cause your photo less sharp, blur, over saturated, and noisy.
  9. Do a lot of fun workflow in post processing with High Definition Dynamic Range (HDDR). I will give this tutorial as a bonus in the next photo adventure HDDR workshop in bali.

Hope you enjoy your weekend and grab a great food. See you soon….

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