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Getting the shot: Food photography 101

Getting the shot: Food photography 101

It takes a village to raise a child, and a team to make a great newspaper food photo. The photographer, chef, food editor and page designers put their heads together to create the idea. But it's the photographer's job to breathe life into the photo with light, a few props for texture and a good knowledge of the camera. I try to emphasize the natural beauty of the food by thinking about what makes a particular dish look delicious. Then I shoot to highlight those qualities. Let's talk about a photo I created. I took the term "hot sauce" literally and wanted to show a flaming hot chile. Hot chile -- hot sauce! The challenge here was creating the right flame coming...

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