Depth of Field Control

In food photography, it’s really nice to have the ability to control the depth of field, not just the amount of it, but also the direction… Here’s an example of a food photo, from today’s shoot, where I laid down the plane of focus so that the tops of the mousse’s (should I say meise?) so that the base’s go soft and out of focus, giving the shot a little more interest than it would of otherwise… That’s why I prefer to shoot food with a view camera, because it allows me to control focus, but perspective too.

Just laying…

depth of field food photo sample

In food photography, controlling depth of field is a useful tool


  1. Americanmrs · September 5, 2013

    Fantastic shot, the controlled depth of field really makes it ‘pop’!

  2. Michael Ray · February 5, 2014

    Sorry for the delay in getting back to you on this. Things have been crazy! Yes, the depth of field goes help make this shot and if you’ll notice, the depth of field is actually laid down (tilt shift) so that the focus goes across the tops of the two glasses, and so that the raspberries on the table are out of focus


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