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    Default How to take food photo with smoke ?

    Hi all experts,

    I just bought a GH3 but am newbie in photography so I have some problem which I hope experts here can gimme some pointers.

    I have this ramen with soup. When it comes hot, there are smoke coming out. I want to capture a photo of the ramen with the soup. But the problem is when I snap the photo, the ramen looks like it is in a spa !

    Any help ? What shuttle speed should I set it to ?

    Also, in some snap, the smoke is not visible at all ? Must have a black background for the smoke to be visible ?

    Any tips ? Thanks again

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    The cheaper solution will be photoshop, but that need some skills.
    Second option is bad for heath, you also need to be 18 year old and above.
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    nowadays we use photoshop. better control and consistency.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RyanKhoo View Post
    Hi all experts,

    I just bought a GH3 but am newbie in photography so I have some problem which I hope experts here can gimme some pointers.

    I have this ramen with soup. When it comes hot, there are smoke coming out. I want to capture a photo of the ramen with the soup. But the problem is when I snap the photo, the ramen looks like it is in a spa !

    Any help ? What shuttle speed should I set it to ?

    Also, in some snap, the smoke is not visible at all ? Must have a black background for the smoke to be visible ?

    Any tips ? Thanks again
    Hi Ryan,

    What you are referring to is "Steam" and not "Smoke". Also, you cannot set a shuttle speed, as you are not NASA. I think you mean "Shutter".

    Yes, your shutter speed will need to be fast (at least 1/50s). I would suggest off-angle illumination from the rear (can be a simple torchlight, or an off-camera flash). This way, light is reflected through the steam vapor and will be more visible to the camera.
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    wait for the ramen to cool down first.

    if you can't wait, ask the waiter for ice to cool it down instantaneously

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    May I ask which angle you took the photo from? If the food produced steam, I will avoid getting my lens too close to the food & avoid shooting directly on top of the steaming food.

    I assumed you be taking the food photo in a restaurant so from my limited knowleadge, it's quite impossible to take a good food photo with steam coming out from your food. You need a dark background & lighting support to make the steam looks visible. You also can't control the amount of steam coming out from your food in the restaurant.

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    bring dry ice with you all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eleveninth View Post
    bring dry ice with you all the time.
    Dry ice vapour is denser than air and flows downwards though, doesn't mimic steam at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J-Chan View Post
    Dry ice vapour is denser than air and flows downwards though, doesn't mimic steam at all.
    really?!? hot dang. learn something new err day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eleveninth View Post

    really?!? hot dang. learn something new err day.
    You shoot wedding dinner often right? You didn't notice the smoke don't go upward but stick to the floor?
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