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What settings should I use for shooting food pictures with steam?

First of all, the steam is hard to shoot on a photo. A lot of pictures you see with steam are composites of the photo + steam. To take a photo of the steam in real time you first need a dark ...
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Why do restaurant pictures of burgers often have a steak knife in them?

I've noticed that many restaurants put a steak knife in the burger on pictures. This may be an example of a filter bubble. I just used Google to search for burger images, and of the hundreds of ...
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Is a 50mm lens suitable for product photography?

If you have a specific style you’re going for, link an image in your question and we could advise on lens selection. That being said, product photography more heavily relies on lighting and set up ...
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Why do restaurant pictures of burgers often have a steak knife in them?

The knife is there for 2 reasons: Stabilize the burgertower and as a knife to aid you for cutting.
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What kind of "stand" for photo taken from above? E.g., food photography

Stands like that do exist. They're called copy stands and as you might imagine they were designed to copy things, usually flat artwork. There are other options. Camera stands often have overhead ...
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Photo food framing name

I used to do a lot of mechanical drafting. We would define a particular view that you are describing in terms of oblique angle from the normal, where normal is the orthogonal view – that is, the ...
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Clamp & articulating arm suggest for overhead photography rig

The Manfroto “Magic Arm” should work for you. It is much larger version of what you have shown, and it can handle loads up to about 6 lbs. Each arm is about 10” long, and it is very easy to attach a ...
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What kind of "stand" for photo taken from above? E.g., food photography

The column of a tripod is often reversible, so you can straddle the subject and shoot downwards. Or you can build a gantry, though it's not really needed for today's lightweight cameras. I sometimes ...
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How can I improve my food photography?

Depth of field and angle: Look at your angle, look at theirs. Everybody else is shooting straight on, directly square at the subject. You're shooting from above, at an oblique angle. That's going to ...
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How can I improve my food photography?

In addition to what other people have said, I would also pay closer attention to the composition. You've cropped off the left hand side of the bowl, which you'll only be able to rescue in post with ...
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Is a 50mm lens suitable for product photography?

Likely a 50mm lens will do the job. However you might appreciate some insight as to how focal length intertwines with format and the task at hand. The fundamental focal length for any format (...
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Photo food framing name

"Take pictures from an aerial view, or top down." If you can accept good-enough and don't want to risk more back-and-forths, this would be least ambiguous, but lose the nuanced angle you ...
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Are there examples of food products that appear more attractive in low-CRI lighting?

Appearance can indeed be enhanced at the cost of CRI. There is a video showing how color appearance can create different effects by altering spectral characteristics of the illuminant and shows ...
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Do these food photography images use smaller than standard plates in order to better present the subject?

Very approximately, a dinner fork is 20cm, a regular dinner plate is 28cm. The fork when laid on the plate should just lap into the 'border' area, rim/lip [the raised outer ring that you don't put ...
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What kind of "stand" for photo taken from above? E.g., food photography

You want a reproduction arm, sometimes called a sidearm or crossbar.
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What kind of "stand" for photo taken from above? E.g., food photography

In addition to copy stands, you might consider the Manfrotto Super Clamp and some of its various accessories. For example, there are various articulated arms with 2 or 3 sections, and in double or ...
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Trial to food photography

What do you think I need to work on to improve myself? I think you need to think about what is the message you want to convey to the viewer and whether the elements that you place/leave in the ...
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What settings should I use for shooting food pictures with steam?

Your White Balance problem is due to the alternating current(AC) cycling of florescent lighting. Keep your shutter speed about 1/60 to capture the entire cycle and avoid capturing a portion of the ...
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Is a 50mm lens suitable for product photography?

50mm tells you about the viewing angle of the camera. It tells you neither about the preferred nor about the possible focusing distances and those highly influence the size of objects you can ...
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How can I improve my food photography?

If youre shooting a 1.8 prime lens I would suggest you to stop down to F/2.2 to get sharp results with a decent background blur. Of course this might not be necessary for each lens but most lenses ...
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How can I improve my food photography?

I'm not really seeing that this can be done "in the edit". A lot of what I'd change would have to be done before the shutter is released. Depth of field - You're sharp only at the very ...
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Softbox color cast

I. As you say, "continuous light softboxes" It is most likely you are using fluorescent bulbs inside, that, normally have a green tint and not a good CRI. II. You probably need to clarify (...
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Softbox color cast

The easiest answer is to gel the Godox to a green tint and then use a fluorescent (or custom) WB setting to cancel it out. If very highly accurate color reproduction is a requirement, then I would ...
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Softbox color cast

Try replacing the fluorescent bulbs and add a 60 Watt standard incandescent. Fluorescent does not have a continuous spectrum. Adding a tungsten bulb will likely improve the color output.
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Is a 50mm lens suitable for product photography?

50 mm lens is a decent decision for subject photography too as its f/1.8 opening causes you to take photos even in low lighting. Now and then even a lightbox doesn't give enough light to splendid ...
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Why do restaurant pictures of burgers often have a steak knife in them?

Burgers at sit-down restaurants are often pinned or skewered with garnishing sticks, toothpicks, and the like, to keep the burger together as it's carried out to the table. It prevents the bun "lid" ...
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Trial to food photography

It feels busy. There are many things going and I would try a simpler shot. Perhaps a shot with just the plate and coffee.
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