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Shoot First, Eat Later: Know Your Camera’s Minimum Focusing Distance

When it comes to food photography on the fly, this is the one thing you must know.

Photo by uncle_jay

Living in a small country where eating is a national hobby, it is no longer surprising to see fellow diners whipping out their cameras (usually digital) to snap the meal that they are about to eat. Often, these photos will be shared with friends via social media.

But what if you want to capture the meal on film? Same basic principles apply in food photography. In fact, this is a tip that all photographers should be aware of.

Tip: Go as close as you can

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In addition to a good light source, you really should know your camera’s minimum focusing distance. When it comes to Lomo cameras, my personal favourite camera for food shots is the LC-W. This nifty little camera can go as close as 40cm and then some.

Photo by uncle_jay

But what if you are using a camera like the LC-A+ with a minimum focusing distance of 80cm? The solution lies in filling the frame.

Naturally, it doesn’t hurt to snap how your food was being prepared and served to you.

I am described as a foodie; but I pale in comparison to the food bloggers here. I also enjoy shooting with film. So it is only natural that I try to do both at the same time. However, I do whip out my cameraphone to go really close when my film camera can’t.

Do you also like to shoot before you eat?

written by uncle_jay


  1. dariaelizabeth


    I just took a photo of my breakfast today with my Diana F+ and a 50mm wide-angle lens...wish I had seen this article earlier! Would've been helpful to add its close-up lens attachment, but I'll keep it in mind for next time. Thanks for the tip!
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  2. wuxiong


    Cool article and nice fotos of food...^..^ My suggestion is to use your wide lens / or camera with wide lens( like the fisheye or Sardina), because wide angle lens tent to be closed in turms of focus, besides, the narrow lens opening helps to increase the DOF, so that your pic will look sharper in focus..^..^

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  3. allanbendiksen


    I always take a Photo of my coffe and cake, when I am out:)

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  4. mojo_lomo


    nice article and photos of food!

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  5. uncle_jay


    @dariaelizabeth: You're welcome. Hope it helped with your next roll.. and do share your results... would love to see them! :)

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  6. uncle_jay


    @wuxiong: Thanks for the tips too!

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