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Food Photography: 5 Tips for Drool-Worthy Photos

Your freshly baked rustic apple pie is a feast for the senses. The sweet aroma of apples, cinnamon and mulled spices wafts through the kitchen. The perfectly crimped crust promises buttery bliss in each bite and the sticky caramel-glazed apples peeking through the crisscrossed topping shout out ‘I’m ready for my close-up’.

You rush off to get your camera only to discover that the lifeless, pie-tastrophe in the photo is a far cry from the window display-worthy dessert on your counter top.

Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. Capturing your kitchen creations on camera can be tricky!

But, before you throw in the apron and curse the pie gods, take a minute to read our trusted food photography tips for drool-worthy, ‘I’ve gotta eat that now!’ photos.

Whether you are a food blogger looking to showcase your recipes, an avid baker or restaurant paparazzi, snapping pics of your meal before you dig in, our top 5 tips will help you to improve your food photography and leave your friends and readers drooling over their keyboards.

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5 Hottest Young Photographers Today

In a bit of a pictorial rut? Taking photos of the same old scenes? If you are in the need of some inspiration there is nothing better than heading to you nearest photo book shop or flicking through the pages of FOAM to motivate you to pick up your camera with renewed gusto.

Whatever your personal style, I thoroughly recommend getting acquainted with the international hotbed of talent out there. The photographic scene is full of people making astonishing and innovative work that you can learn from. And where better to look than to the bright young things of the present? Here’s our rundown of the five coolest (…and youngest!) kids on the block right now.

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Night Photography Tips: Here Comes the Darkness

So much of the world comes to life after the lights go down – cities become magical new playgrounds and the stars illuminate naturescapes. Taking your camera out after hours is therefore an inherently sensible idea. Night photography is challenging – it takes patience, some good equipment, technical prowess… and most of all — patience!

If you are looking for some inspiration I’d recommend checking out the stunning work of veteran night photographer Michael Kenna. Going nocturnal will give you an acute understanding of how you are using light, make you more aware of ISO and exposure and subsequently improve your technical photography across the board.

Here are five simple steps to get you started…

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5 Ways to Improve your Candid Street Photography

Armed with an iPhone, the world and his aunt considers himself a street photographer nowadays, but it takes a certain intuition, perfect conditions and an element of luck to shot something special.

Before you even leave your front door study the masters of the craft: Henri Cartier Bresson, William Klein and Daido Moriyama, to name but a few. These guys were not capturing extraordinary times or unusual situations but their photographs remain iconic for their candid honesty.

It’s all about getting familiar with your camera so you can work fast, wearing dark clothing, keeping your elbows in and heading for the street! Here are five pointers to help you on your way…

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12 Tips to getting Tack Sharp Photos

If there’s one thing that sets professional photographers apart from the amateurs, it’s the sharpness of the photos they take. And I’m not simply talking about sharp. I’m talking about tack sharp photos — those that are so clear that there is not even the slightest hint of blurriness, even when zoomed in 100%.

It turns out that there isn’t really a whole lot of magic to achieving tack sharp photos. I’ve compiled a list of 12 tips below that you can use regardless of your skill level. It just takes some practise, but you’ll notice the results right away!

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