How to Get Super Sharp Food Photos

How to Get Super Sharp Food Photos


Am I in focus? If I’m not in focus , this whole video will be completely pointless What’s shakin’ bakin’? I’m Joanie Simon Welcome to my studio this is where I do food photography. So, If you are into that, if you want to learn more about that, well go ahead and hit the subscribe button. but today, we’re talking all about focus because, I have been there. You know when you take that shot and like, oh my gosh the food looks so good, the light was perfect, everything was happening. only ’til you got into start editing it and you realized it was just slightly out of focus. ughhhhh. There’s nothing worse than that. It kills my soul. So what I want to do today, is show you how I achieve razor sharp focus exactly where I want it, When I’m working right here in my studio So if that sounds good to you, stick around Something that is seemingly so simple as capturing the proper focus in an image that’s actually a super complicated topic, so bear with me, but one thing I do wanna go ahead and give you a heads up on this video is that you definitely need to get out your camera and start experimenting with it and trying these things out because you know I’m a firm believer in the philosophy that you can’t learn to ride a bike from a seminar, just like you can’t learn to work your camera from just watching a goof ball on YouTube. So you bust out your camera, you start playing with the settings to start experimenting it’s gonna take a bit of of experimentation because, expecially when we get into the world of autofocus, it gets complicated. So hang in there with me. You might need to rewatch certain things over and be like…”What is she talking about?” and certainly if there are any questions after the fact, I’ve got the comments section below I’m happy to help ya out. And as per usual, I have a caveat–I mean there’s always a caveat to these videos, right? And this is specifically if you’re shooting on camera. OK? This is not for anybody who’s shooting tethered–that is a different process; which I will show you later. ‘cuz I definitely had some interest In creating a video about how I shoot tethered But this all about shooting on camera. So today I’m walking through all these steps on my Canon 70D which, this is my baby, this is what started my business so we’re goin’ back ti the OG-style on my Canon 70D and I’m shooting with a 50mm f/1.8 Good’ol “nifty fifty” So when it comes to cameras and the actual topic of focus and how a lens focuses, it’s actually quite a complicated topic. It’s a lot of fun to read up on, I’m not gonna go through it here but, I have linked some really helpful articles below, so you can go grab those if you wanna geek out and really get in to nitty gritty of how the light comes in through the lens, and converges and makes the image smaller, bounces off the mirror,—all that craziness. But first and foremost when it comes to focus… what you need to realize is that focus is like a flat plane, like a piece of cardboard, right? like we’ve got this little piece of cardboard…and how it behaves is it is parallel to your lens, right, because there’s glass inside this lens and that glass sits straight up and down and so your plane of focus is always parallel to the position of your lens so if all of the sudden I tilt my camera this way, then my plane of focus tilts this way. Make sense? Of course, the exception being a Tilt-shift lens, but we’re not talking about tilt-shift lenses today, we’re purely talking about regular lenses, as they’re typically being used. So like this bottle of honey right here, if we’re shooting straight at it; which means we have a flat plane of focus and we set that focus right on the front of that bottle, all of the front of the bottle is gonna be in focus. But, if all the sudden we decide instead of shooting straight at it, we’re shooting at an angle, then all of the sudden our plane of focus is now on an angle and only part of that label is gonna be in focus. And then the other thing to consider is the aperture. And we’ve talked about aperture here before on this channel if you’re not familiar with that term, or what it means, I’ve got a video all about it right up here, you can go grab that, but that is going to dictate our depth of field. OK? So, that is what is going to be in focus and how much of it is going to be focus. So if our focus is a flat plane, right? That if then we’re shooting wide open, like this lens at f/1.8 at it’s maximum aperture Then we’re having a razor thin area of focus. OK? So just things to keep in mind,
What is your aperture? What is your angle of approach and how is that affecting what is in focus in your image? So then once we’ve made those decisions about what angle we are approaching the subject how wide is our depth of field, then it’s all about setting the actual focus where we want it. And the way we do that is either through Manual Focus or through Auto Focus So let’s start with Manual, because that is actually the method of focus that I used most frequently here in the studio Simply because I am typically shooting on a tripod I’m typically shooting a scene I have crafted around specifically at the angle that I have my camera positioned and nothing is moving it’s all locked down. So I can just very quickly jump in and set manual focus. So if you’ve never done that before, what you want to do is get on the camera and you’ll notice it’s not on the body it’s on the lens, it says auto focus or manual focus “AF” or “MF” So you go ahead and move that over to manual focus and that will disable all auto focus abilities on the camera So then it’s job at that point to manually adjust the little mechanical focus ring that’s on here Now if you’re using the kit lens that came with the camera body that’s typically an 18-55mm, with an f/5.6. so that’s actually a zoom lens This is a Prime lense, right? It is always in that fixed 50mm position. Where as a zoom lens you can zoom in and out, right you’ve done that before.
Well, this is not the zoom function this is usually in front of it, near the front of the lens and you move that in and out, and if you’re looking through the view finder, you’ll see all the sudden things are coming in and out of focus and so if you continue then to adjust that, you can then make sure that, that focus is falling exactly on your subject so like this honey, we’ve got it set up in this scene and you start to move that ring… until that focus falls exactly where you want it on that label. because of course in a situation like this, we have decided that the subject is the honey and that we really want to clearly be able to see the label. So that’s where you wanna stick the focus Now, one thing though is that the view finder and the LCD screen, they’re actually pretty small; which you’ve probably noticed before and it’s really had sometimes to tell if you’ve got the focus in the right place, especially if you’re shooting wide open, at like f/1.8 and you have that focus places in a very specific part of the image and you really, you don’t want to miss that. What you want to do is use the little zoom-in feature. And this was something that I didn’t learn for a long time, until somebody showed me and like, after shooting for a good long time and they’re like, “You know there’s a zoom-in feature?” I’m like, “Whaaaat?!” Sure enough, there is. So if you look on your camera, there should be a little magnifying glass with a plus sign in it, if you hit that, it’s gonna pop up a little box and you can move that box to wherever your point of focus–wherever you want that to rest And then you hit it again and it’s gonna zoom-in to that part of the image and then, you can confirm whether or not you actually have that area in focus like, super close up. It is crazy helpful definitley something i do every time.
Just, again, to make sure I have that tack-sharp focus and then once it’s in focus, and you go ahead and hit the shutter button–now of course because we’ve got it on manual focus, all of the auto focus capabilities are disabled. So you don’t have to worry that hitting that shutter button is going alter the focus at that point. And then you can continue to shoot until you change the position of your subject or you change the position of yout camera. And then you just reset focus manually until you’ve got all the shots you want, So that is how I ensure razor sharp focus when I’m in manual focus. But there are plenty of situations that call for using auto focus, and most typically for me that is when I’m shooting off a tripod so maybe in a restaurant, or when I’m at a shoot where we really want to be nimble. Maybe it’s like a big table spread and I want to be able to get it a bunch of different angles and I’m moving around well then auto focus is actually really helpful. But I’m not gonna lie, autofocus, if you’ve ever taken it beyond the basic, like Half press your shutter button, and hit the shutter, and that was focus…if you’ve ever taken it beyond that, looked at any autofocus settings, you might have gotten very overwhelmed because there is a lot to it. Because you think about auto focus and it applies to all sorts of photographers, right? I mean, for us food, typically is not moving around so autofocus is a little bit more simplified, but you’ve got maybe a nature photographer, and that bird is taking off at a crazy speed, and you want to be able to catch it in razor sharp focus in the air. Well, auto focus for those kind of photographers is going to be very different,
and so you have to have a lot of different settings in order to accommodate the different kinds of photographers that are out there So the way that I distill down this very complicated topic otherwise, is that there are sorta three different things you have to pay attention to when it comes to setting auto focus on your camera. So the first being the Mode. The second being focus point and the third being, how do you administer and lock down that focus? So the first is the mode, and you have to think about mode in terms if “Is my subject mostly staying in place?” “Or, is it moving around continuously?” Well, clearly our food in general is not moving around continuously, it’s mostly staying put. So for Canon users, what you’re looking for is “One Shot” focus, if you’re a Nikon user, that is “Single Servo” and that’s going to be in contrast to any kind of continuous focus Again, that a focus where things are moving around where that bird is flying through the air and you want to continue to track with it as it moves So showin’ you here on the Canon 70D, I just go into the settings and I select from the menu of options for auto focus, I select “One Shot”, again Nikon users, look for “Single Servo”.
So, once we’ve set the mode, then it’s about selecting the focus point OK? So, typically what I like to do is, I select a single auto focus point I’m not dealing with zones I’m not dealing with areas, multiple focus points I just want one single auto focus point because when I’m setting up an image, I very clearly understand “where’s my subject”, “where do I want the focus to rest?” So, I don’t need a bunch of zones and different areas I just need one single auto focus point, so you can usually find that in your settings menu again, here on the Canon 70D, here’s where I find it and then once you’ve got that set you’ll notice that then you can control where that point actually is in the frame, it can go up and down, it can go side to side all over the place. However, for me I usually always keep that single auto focus point right in the middle of the frame, and you say, “Well, Joanie, then does that mean that your subject always has to be in the middle of the image?” No. Because, we are using
“Back Button Focus” This is very exciting, and this is one of those break through things that if you can understand back button focus, you’re gonna feel so empowered and super excited and if you already understand it, well, kudos to you ‘cuz it’s not the most simple thing to understand and it does require some “unlearning” and so this is kind of that third portion of auto focus, right? we’ve figured out the mode, we’ve got our focus point now it’s all about how to be engage the camera in the auto focus process so typically, how we all learn on cameras is that you’ve got your shutter button, right and if you half press the shutter button, it engages the focus on whatever that focus point is, and then you follow through and you take your picture. The problem with having both on the same exact button is because, say we want to set our focus and then we want to move along the plane of axis, right because we talked about how focus is on a plane, so I want to go ahead and lock down my focus and then maybe I want to move a little bit well then second I hit that shutter button, it’s gonna reengage and it’s gonna change my focus, so… not the most helpful thing to have them both on the same button so that’s why with back button focus we’re separating those two things out, so real quick follow me through the settings how you want to do this, again this will be different based on your camera, but here on the Canon 70D what I start off with is by taking the auto focus off of the shutter button, so the shutter button is purely in charge of taking the picture. And then, in the same settings menum I make sure that the AF-ON button which is usually on the back of your camera–that’s why it’s called “back button focus” then we make sure to assign the auto focus to that So then when we take the shot, like we’re shooting this honey again what we start out with, looking through the view-finder placing that single auto focus point on our subject, even if that’s not where we want the subject to be in the frame, we go ahead and set that as the focus point we hit the back button focus and then we can recompose the image moving again along that plane, so that we are at the same distance away from the subject, but everything is still in focus but again, it’s gonna take a lot of practice especially if you’re used to that shutter being your auto focus so, just remember “back button focus” Now in the event that you go through all of this and you feel like you’ve really got an understanding of how to lock down your focus, but you’re still getting blurry images well, first thing to consider is “are you on a tripod?” and if you’re not, then consider your shutter speed and if that doesn’t make sense to you, go ahead and grab this video right here watch that, that’ll make a lot more sense because any sort of movement at a slow shutter speed is going to cause a blur,
but if that is not your problem and you’re still getting blurry images then there is a good possibility that you need to get your lenses calibrated. and this is something that is actually a good idea for all lenses in general when you get new lenses, they’re not always perfectly calibrated so this is something you can do on your own You can go ahead and get the information about that, linked down below or you can work with a local camera store but definitely getting your lenses calibrated is going to go a long way in ensuring that you are getting that perfect, crisp focus so hopefully I have not made you more confused than you came in to this video.
Again manual focus… pretty easy to deal with and definitely a great place to start but if you venture into the world of auto focus and you get overwhelmed, definitely send me a message, leave me a comment below I’m happy to help you out, but… Thank you so much for stopping by the studio If you take any great pictures and you are super proud of your focus well go ahead and tag me over on Instagram, I’m @thebiteshot I would love to give you those, super-duper thumbs up with that, thanks for stopping by, I hope you stay out of trouble, and I will see you real soon OK? Bye

100 thoughts on “How to Get Super Sharp Food Photos

  • August 17, 2018 at 3:56 pm
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    can you do a video on how you became a food photographer??

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  • August 17, 2018 at 6:45 pm
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    Hi Joanie! I must say that you have not only great information here, but awesome presentation skills as well! I do landscape and small product photography, and have dabbled in food photography as well. For most of my product shots, I find that a macro lens (i.e., the Fujinon XF80mm f/2.8 Macro) gives me the sharpest, most detail-rich images possible with my particular gear. Also, I realize itโ€™s out of the scope of this video, but for images where large depth of field is required, focus-stacking is a fantastic technique. Of course, a solid tripod is a necessity! Thanks again! .

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  • August 17, 2018 at 7:42 pm
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    So glad I came across your page. Your personality and look are so cute. Thanks so much for sharing this great advice.

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  • August 20, 2018 at 8:25 pm
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    BACK BUTTON FOCUSED JUST CHANGED MY WHOLE ENTIRE LIFE!!!! THANK YOU!!

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  • August 22, 2018 at 6:59 pm
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    Great video. Except patronised tone of voice but interesting info. Thx!

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  • August 23, 2018 at 10:05 am
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    Simple and Awesome explanation

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  • August 24, 2018 at 3:03 am
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    I've been shooting for the longest and that zoom featureeeeeeee!!!! Whoa, new me!

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  • August 26, 2018 at 2:50 am
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    Thought you started with the Sony A6000? I use the A7rII and the A7rIII. Sony Zeiss 55 1.8 with macro tubes. I also like using my 100mm STF GM lens in semi macro mode. Watching your videos for some new tips and tricks. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • August 27, 2018 at 2:19 am
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    Amateur photographer here. Back Button focus just changed my entire existence. Thank you!

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  • August 31, 2018 at 8:40 pm
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    Hi there! I need some help from you. I'm helping a friend out with some food photography with her new business as a baker. So im trying to take some shots of her cakes but the background doesn't blur out, i only have a 18-55 and 55-250 lenses. My Appeture doesn't want to go less than f4.5 on my 55-250 lense, I want to shoot at f1.8… what am I doing wrong?

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  • September 1, 2018 at 5:49 pm
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    Joanie, this is a great video on understanding focus, one of the best I've seen on the subject. Thank you! You have a great on camera personality. I hope you continue shooting videos and have much success! One thing I learned the hard way is that depth of field for focus gets shallower as the camera gets closer to the subject. I shot some food photos where part of the food item was out of focus (not on purpose) because the depth of field was so shallow. Live and learn!

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  • September 2, 2018 at 2:39 pm
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    This was so incredibly helpful. Thank you so much!

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  • September 8, 2018 at 4:41 am
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    Do you use a wired or wireless trigger? When shooting on a trip

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  • September 9, 2018 at 9:04 am
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    thank you so much Joanie! In the last 4 days me and my partner we were watching manyyyyyyyyyy of yours videos!
    we are so grateful with all the information, learning a lot, and improving our shots ! , we`re just starting with this, so is amazing all the tips and details than you been explaining, and more because your way to explain so clear for us and also fun!!!!
    thankss you dearr
    ps: we also love your perfectly pronunciation, because we are not english speakers and with you is really easy to catch everything !

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  • September 9, 2018 at 8:18 pm
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    Ok This video is PACKED with new info for me that Im watching it for the second time to get one new concept that I can experiment with for sometime and then watch again ๐Ÿ™Ž .. my God thank you SO SO much ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

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  • September 12, 2018 at 5:55 am
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    I shouldn't say this, but you're so cute.

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  • September 20, 2018 at 7:53 am
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    I am a new subscriber! Great channel! I am mostly a Sigma shooter – with Foveon sensor. I can imagine food photography would be great with this so I am learning here. Have you ever considered high res images from the Sigma Quattro H? Or do you rarely need 51Megapixel images on your job? The Sigma Quattro H also has an SDF mode – especially for stills like food photography. The Foveon sensor should help for the edge to edge and micro contrast.

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  • September 21, 2018 at 12:00 pm
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    Nice video presented by a beautiful lady who looks like a professional actress rather than a normal photographer. Her voice has a magical effect and face expression is marvellous.

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  • September 29, 2018 at 11:04 pm
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    Lovely videos, I am from Spain and I am learning a lot, specially the back button focus from the Canon eos 77d you explain everything really clear. Thanks!!!

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  • October 8, 2018 at 9:49 pm
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    if you're on a tripod and have static subject, it's 10 seconds to nail focus manually. plus using remote really helps to reduce camera shake.

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  • October 23, 2018 at 9:21 am
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    This lady is so much beautiful that i cannot concentrate about what she says when i watch her talking. <3 <3 <3

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  • October 24, 2018 at 5:54 pm
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    Question which is better, constant light or should I use flash/strobe? For lightning the subject. Thanks

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  • October 24, 2018 at 10:55 pm
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    I was hoping you'll pick a dish/plate as a subject to describe focus. I wonder many times, if I have a plate full of say, potatoes and I Want all the potatoes to be in focus. The one near the camera lens and the one farther away. I mostly shoot on a tripod with f11 being the aperture so I get close to sharp (the farthest potato), but I was wondering if there is a better way to focus on the whole plate if you are shooting from a side angle, (not top down)

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  • October 25, 2018 at 7:04 pm
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    Your videos are so helpful! I've had a DSLR for over 5 years and just don't know how to use it. I've tried reading about it, watching videos, and I'm always too bored to continue learning. Your videos are addicting! You are able to explain complex topics and make them understandable. Thank you so much for teaching me how to use my camera and amazing tips for my food photography!

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  • November 8, 2018 at 9:25 pm
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    Another great video, Joanie. Thank you!

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  • November 13, 2018 at 8:46 pm
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    Yessssssssss I love Back Button Focus!!!!

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  • November 17, 2018 at 1:21 pm
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    Love your videos!! I just started watching for tips because Sarah my neighbor (@fitchick428) recommended you haha!

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  • November 18, 2018 at 2:54 pm
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    What a wonderful explanation. Thank you.

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  • November 21, 2018 at 12:21 am
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    Loving your videos. I'm a hobby photographer, however I run a B&B so want to take great shots for social media, that means local landscapes, rooms but also food. I've learnt so much and so much I want to try. Thank you.

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  • December 10, 2018 at 10:13 pm
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    I had to pause the video just to leave this coment: the back button!!! Oh My Gog… thank you!!

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  • December 13, 2018 at 12:01 am
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    Your literally the best teacher ever!!!!!!

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  • December 17, 2018 at 7:56 pm
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    just discovered you. excellent channel.

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  • December 20, 2018 at 2:07 pm
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    Thank you Joannie for all the wonderful videos! I am learning food photography through your videos. Could you please do a video on how to make your home a simple photo studio just when you are starting out. I don't know where to start from and how to get things in place.

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  • December 21, 2018 at 5:43 am
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    Great explanation!!! You are great. I will follow the others videos you have.

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  • December 25, 2018 at 10:36 am
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    she is beautiful

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  • January 5, 2019 at 11:55 am
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    very informative… especially the section "plain of focus" – my food shots are not focused properly and now I know why.

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  • January 10, 2019 at 3:48 pm
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    I had like three "Aha" moments watching this. You're so great. on my way to watching you're new videos <3

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  • January 11, 2019 at 1:49 pm
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    I thought you are in the kitchen ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • January 27, 2019 at 5:45 am
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    Oh my gosh! One of your best videos ever. I canโ€™t wait to start using these techniques. Game changer.

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  • January 30, 2019 at 12:09 pm
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    Thank you itโ€™s very informative and exciting finding new features in camera๐Ÿ˜€

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  • February 5, 2019 at 4:47 pm
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    If I want to take an overhead shot and have everything in focus, what should I do?

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  • February 5, 2019 at 4:47 pm
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    If I want to take an overhead shot and have everything in focus, what should I do?

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  • February 8, 2019 at 9:32 pm
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    random q- how do you get your backdrops to stand up and hold them,? Where are the clamps clamped to?

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  • February 11, 2019 at 1:41 am
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    I never knew why the focus shifted, I guess I wasnโ€™t paying attention to my camera angle ๐Ÿคฃ thanks for the great vids!

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  • February 17, 2019 at 8:03 pm
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    Amazing video! I watched it all and I don't like food photography. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • February 18, 2019 at 3:45 pm
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    Very helpful videos!! I am having a great difficulty in focusing two subjects in product photography. I am trying to shoot a perfume with it's package. Only of of the subjects is sharp and the other is getting blurred even if I place the package just behind the perfume. I would greatly appreciate your help. This is my first paid shoot ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • February 21, 2019 at 1:42 am
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    Thank you!โค๏ธโค๏ธ

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  • February 21, 2019 at 4:36 am
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    I've been taking photos for about a decade and I never knew about the expanded focus either (which is stupid, because I use it all the time when I shoot videos on my video camera). Terrific tip. Thank you.

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  • February 26, 2019 at 8:43 am
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    Once I used back button focusing, my photography improved lot thanks

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  • March 7, 2019 at 2:53 pm
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    Why some people give this video thumbs down? Haters ๐Ÿ˜’

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  • March 10, 2019 at 8:34 pm
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    I'm so glad you mentioned back button focus. Such a powerful tool. When I first found out about it I nearly lost my mind.

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  • March 10, 2019 at 9:37 pm
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    Zoom in ๐Ÿ”Šwhat ๐Ÿ˜‚. You are a Jem brilliant . Back button focus ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ

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  • March 15, 2019 at 11:53 am
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    ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ

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  • March 30, 2019 at 9:42 am
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    Once you discover back button focus, you don't go back to the old way.

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  • April 4, 2019 at 7:02 pm
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    Is that a 50mm for full frame or crop sensor ? I mean, are you actually shooting at 50mm or at 80mm ??

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  • April 12, 2019 at 4:14 pm
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    ๐Ÿ’šthanks!!

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  • April 20, 2019 at 6:43 am
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    Is this the same rule for shooting videos too? If not, do you have a tutorial on that? Thanks in advance.

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  • April 22, 2019 at 7:14 pm
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    You are a superb teacher.

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  • April 27, 2019 at 6:22 pm
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    OUTSTANDING presentation! Thanks so much.

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  • May 6, 2019 at 2:57 pm
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    Food doesn't move around? What do you do, kill it first? (Just being silly, really enjoy your videos.)

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  • May 22, 2019 at 6:31 pm
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    sorry for my English, I don't speak it often but I hope you'll understand my question.
    If I want to focus on a subject with auto focus and then move a little I can use what you just showed us here.
    But I must move along the line right? I can't move myself back because when it comes to move even a little bit back it will change it all. am I right?

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  • May 28, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    you are very good. i just fell in love ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • June 1, 2019 at 5:31 am
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    Hiโœจ, I have a question .. If I am shooting a subject that is not parallel to the lens , should I increase the depth of field to make more clear?

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  • June 11, 2019 at 2:30 am
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    I love your videos, what camera and lens did you use to film this video? its super clean. Can this quality be achieved on a canon 80D, and if it can what lens should be used?

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  • June 12, 2019 at 7:44 pm
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    Is like destiny sent me here. Your videos are amazing!

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  • June 13, 2019 at 9:33 am
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    Thanks a lot! Do you mind to make another video on your lighting gear and setting for such live video you are currently shooting?

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  • June 20, 2019 at 2:54 am
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    YOU JUST MADE BBF SO EASY FOR ME! Thank you!! What do you think about shooting with a 35mm?

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  • June 23, 2019 at 7:42 am
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    Wondering if the manual of your camera is quite poor or you just never read it carefully? I would expect things like zoom in focus and back button focus to be clearly explained.
    Perhaps you can also find that, in single point focus, you can move the focus point around to match your composition, which is way better than recomposing once you focused your subject. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • June 29, 2019 at 5:01 pm
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    I was one of your first subscribers and, while not always keeping up with your new videos, I binge watch when I can. Today I've gone through about 8, and this one was so, so helpful. I've sorted my back button focus and, my goodness, what a difference.Thanks for always being hugely informative and never ever boring. And thank you for being so clear and covering all abilities so well.

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  • July 3, 2019 at 8:09 am
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    Beautiful, lovely, funny and generous …a killer combination.

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  • July 4, 2019 at 12:12 am
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    Good video. One thing i like to do is set the shutter to 2seconds to ensure no movement when i hit the button ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • July 15, 2019 at 6:01 pm
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    Before watching this.. i just really accidentally pressed the zoom wheel on my fuji hehehe and that happens ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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  • July 22, 2019 at 10:52 am
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    I'm so glad i found your page! You're amazing thank you!!!

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  • July 22, 2019 at 7:54 pm
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    i like how you support low budget photographers by working with cheap materials โค

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  • July 25, 2019 at 4:00 am
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    great video

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  • July 27, 2019 at 12:11 am
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    Back button focusing OMG I just discovered the power of my Nikon D7200! Thank you, amazing content!

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  • August 1, 2019 at 9:41 pm
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    great video! love your presentation style

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  • August 6, 2019 at 4:38 am
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    Great video, I must agree the back button focus is the best way to go. I have been trying to form a new habit, when my camera is on a tripod to turn off VR button. I find that focusing on a person or animal โ€˜s eye close to you, aids in getting a better focus point and in turn a sharp photo. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge !

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  • August 6, 2019 at 2:14 pm
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    You've got to be the MOST natural, lovable person on YouTube. I usually get so annoyed with 10+ minute videos, but yours keep me so engaged the entire time! NEVER CHANGE!

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  • August 8, 2019 at 12:14 pm
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    You can zoom in prior to shooting ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

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  • August 17, 2019 at 10:16 pm
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    Sooooo I know this video is over a year old witch means ya probably won't even see this ๐Ÿ™ƒ. Can I just tell you how helpful i think your manual focus tip is going to be for me. I shoot cannon and I never knew you cooks do that but thanks to you now I do. And yes back button focus is the best thing ever. I love it! Thanks for the cool tip.

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  • August 22, 2019 at 11:22 am
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    Hey am kenyan with a passion to venture into food photography ..well i have a question
    Is it advisable to use Instagram as my portfolio?

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  • August 24, 2019 at 1:24 pm
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    Absolutely brilliant.

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  • August 29, 2019 at 8:23 pm
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    Can I just pause the video for one sec to say… WOW YOUR HAIR!!!!! LOVE IT!. Back to watching the video now lol

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  • September 1, 2019 at 7:20 am
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    thank you so much
    i love your video quality. its amazing

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  • September 3, 2019 at 4:02 am
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    My god this is a good video, and her voice sounds almost exactly like Triss Merigold from Witcher 3

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  • September 8, 2019 at 8:50 pm
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    You are the best looking goofball I have ever seen I think I would watch you even if I did not like photography

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  • September 13, 2019 at 2:59 am
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    Joanie, I have binge watched so many of your videos now and your tips are all so helpful! I especially love the Composition ones!
    Thank you for teaching on YouTube. Definitely a subscriber indefinitely. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • September 23, 2019 at 3:31 pm
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    Another great video, thank you Joanie! I have watched this one but I shoot tethered. I have also seen your tethered video but you didn't talk about focus in that video… just how to set it up. Please can you send me a link to a video where you talk about how to get great focus shooting tethered?

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  • October 11, 2019 at 2:38 pm
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    One addition to the plane of focus info is that, the plane isn't perfectly flat – it's a curve so on lenses wider than 50mm with a wide aperture, objects in the corners of a flat plane may not be in focus on the picture. The remedy is the same though- increase the fstop number to increase the depth of field.

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  • October 13, 2019 at 12:37 pm
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    Thanks for the zoomin focus tip. It helped me a lot ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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  • October 21, 2019 at 9:39 pm
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    You and youโ€™re tutorials are amazing, 3rd one Ive watched now! Thanks! xx

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  • October 23, 2019 at 7:46 am
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    Thank you so much Joanie. This video was really helpful.

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  • October 25, 2019 at 7:55 pm
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    rtfm…..

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  • November 5, 2019 at 12:54 am
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    A good quality lens also helps. A cheaply made lens will give you poor results no matter what you do.

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  • November 5, 2019 at 6:43 pm
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    Informative and beautifully shot!

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  • November 6, 2019 at 12:36 am
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    what gears do you used in shooting this video ? very sharp and nice light

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  • November 6, 2019 at 1:41 pm
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    This is why back in the day. Food photography /table top photography was all done on 8×10 view camera's. IE; Deerdorf, Sinar, ArcaSwiss! All for the swing and tilts. 35mm does not cut it. Never has never will.

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  • November 9, 2019 at 1:59 am
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    Can I ask please, what advantage you get by focusing the central point, then moving camera……. comparing to already prepared composition placement and focusing one of the right points instead, shoud be same focus and bokeh effect, no? ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks

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