Hi Canon community 😊
I have a Canon EOS Rebel T3i and two lenses: EFS 18-55 mm and EOS 55-250mm.
I am an amature when it comes to potography, but have been taking some pictures professionally for my own company. We make and sell food, so food photography is just something I need to get better at.
My main problem is that, whatever I do, my photos are just not sharp enough. Which is REALLY frustrating. I have tried multiple variations of settings, I use a tripod sometimes, but whatever I do, it just doesnt solve the issue of the sharpness. This photo for example was taken using the EFS 18-55 mm lens.
Any suggestions as to what I might be doing wrong?
Welcome to the forum:
It would be helpful to know a lot more about the camera and settings you are using. I have downloaded the image you enclosed and it has no EXIF data (image properties) whatsoever.
So, for starters:
Armed with more info we can be more helpful
Thanks for your reply. I am using a Canon EOS Rebel T3i, and for the photo I have attached I used the smaller lens (EFS 18-55 mm) and no tripod. In the same shoot I also took some of the photos with a tripod and the results are very similarily frustrating.
I thought it better if I just attached a photo of the settings for the camera, so you get the "fuller" picture. And also of the setup at my office. It is FAR from super proffessional, but it is all I have at the moment. So I try to just make the best of it.
Just from your camera settings my first reaction is that you definitely need the food in front of the window rather than blocking it against a side wall - you want all the light you can get. You could look at bouncing light off a white card back onto the face of the food to reduce the shadow, or using the camera flash to fill in. Next, using a tripod, you want a much smaller aperture to get a greater depth of field: something like f/11, for a starting point, plus a lower ISO to reduce your noise. With the tripod it won't be an issue if your shutter speed is quite slow.
Good luck with this. At this stage you are on a learning curve and will have to find the right balance of light for the environment within which you are shooting. There are some videos on You Tube on photographing food, it might be worth checking them out.
Better lightiing would definitely help. Switch to Av mode. Set ISO at 100. Enable the shutter delay time.
I also recommend never using AI Focus because it does not always work as well as one would hope. Switch the lens to manual focus, and focus using Live View. Once focused you can close Live View and take the shot.
If your camera includes Mirror Lockup, then enable that feature, too.
Trevor's request, and what will help us.
-Use a tripod (always)
-Shoot in RAW format (provide some samples with your EXIF data)
-Describe your lighting
Sounds funny we know, but food photography can be tricky.
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