Digital Food Photography

You are what you photograph and then eat!

Welcome to my social network and blog where you can share photos and information with food photographers from all over the world - Lou Manna


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Lou Manna_Twice Baked Potatoes

Need some comfort food on this “Tasty Tuesday” before you start your diet next week?!?!Try a few Twiced Baked Potatoes on for size!Fuggedaboudit!!!#tastytuesday #baked #potatoes #chives #milk #cheddarcheese #twicebaked #dinner #delicious…
Dec 27, 2017
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Lou Manna_Candied Bacon

All I ever wanted is CARLO’s CANDIED BACON for maybe you can make some on this "Tasty Tuesday" ?!?!Try it...You'll LOVE IT!!!#tastytuesday #bacon #brownsugar #snack #crsipy #carmelize #chianti #candiedbacon #brianprestoncampbell…
Dec 19, 2017
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Lou Manna_Meatloaf

On this “Tasty Tuesday” aka... the First day of Hanukkah... I am celebrating at the Rio in Las Vegas at Hash House A Go Go by enjoying the best Meatloaf with roasted peppers, fresh spinach and smoked mozzarellaOh what fun it is to live da dream!!!I…
Dec 12, 2017
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Lou Manna_Wasa Tomato Jam

Keep this "Tasty Tuesday" light and different with fresh Tomato Jam on some brand new Wasa gluten free crispsbreads!I recently shot this photo to introduce these wonderful Wasa varieties in the New Year. Try'll really like them...I…
Dec 5, 2017


Looking for a food stylist

I'd like to find a food stylist to work with. I have never worked with one so I guess I'll need to do some test shots to see if our styles are compatible. Where would I look? I'm located in Brooklyn.…Continue

Started by Chavie Taitelbaum Jan 20, 2017.

Photo submission

First of all, Lou, thanks for this wonderful resource. Is this photo forum for critique or just sharing?

Started by Chavie Taitelbaum Jan 20, 2017.

hi everyone 1 Reply

hi everyone, im ella and a new member of digital food photography. I like food photography, but im beginner about photography. I hope all of u teach me how to make a good photo. ThanksContinue

Started by Ella M.Dondy. Last reply by Rob Stathem Apr 19, 2015.

LED 13 Replies

Has anyone experimented with LED continous lighting? I'm thinking about picking up a few small and inexpensive 5800K units. Mount them on small tripods and have the mobility to move them around.Continue

Started by Chris Pranis. Last reply by Rob Stathem Apr 11, 2015.

Food Photography for Premium Packaging

Hello everyone, i'm Giselle and i like food photography so much ! :)But i got this challenge for food photography in a premium product packaging (for instance: premium instant noodle packaging) My…Continue

Tags: photoshoot, product, premium, theory, food

Started by Benedicta Gisela Apr 7, 2015.

Wanted to say "Hello"! :) 5 Replies

Just wanted to say hello to everyone, and that I myself am fairly new to food photography but just reading the book alone and seeing the pictures on the site I can say that I am inspired by what I am…Continue

Started by Michael Ali. Last reply by Rob Stathem Apr 3, 2015.

Digital Smoke.... 3 Replies

Sometimes I would like to add smoke or steam to hot food. Does anyone have any tips on how to achieve this realistically in photo shop or otherwise ?Continue

Started by Eduard Betz. Last reply by Rob Stathem Mar 31, 2015.

promotion 5 Replies

Hello everybody :) I'm begginner in food photography. I usually cook and try to make composition and shoot my food. But i would like to start working with it. How did you begin doing it. Who are your…Continue

Started by Elena Titarenko. Last reply by Rob Stathem Mar 30, 2015.

mirror in food photography 7 Replies

Hi everyone, i wondering the function and effect of using mirror in food photography session. Would you please explain it to me, in order to make it clearer and understandable. especially for newbie…Continue

Started by mahani musa. Last reply by Sanjay Sagar Oct 15, 2014.

Colors... 2 Replies

Hi folks:Using a Nikon D300 with 910 strobes, shooting RAW, developing in Lightroom and adjusting in Photoshop CC, when I publish or print the colors look true. Although I noticed my thumbnails on…Continue

Started by Barbara Reiner. Last reply by Barbara Reiner Sep 23, 2013.




Click on a photo below to find out who shot it and feel free to add your comments! I'd like to thank all of you for your stellar photography and for your participation on this site. Please feel free to dig deeply into the Forum and the Blog sections to learn more about this wonderful and rewarding specialty! And remember "You…


Created by Lou Manna Mar 15, 2010 at 11:12am. Last updated by Lou Manna Sep 10, 2013.


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Most marketing experts say you need to strictly adhere to a plan and adopt specific tactics and objectives in order to be successful. Well, as a photographer with a creative soul whose spirit prefers shooting wonderful images more than being awash in…


Posted by Lou Manna on September 11, 2014 at 9:47pm — 2 Comments

15 Tips to Shoot Food

Some tips to photograph your food that I wrote for the Huffington Post!

Enjoy and eat everything that you shoot...That's the best part!

Here is the link:  …


Posted by Lou Manna on May 9, 2013 at 7:51am — 1 Comment

Some Factors That Affect Depth of Field in a Photograph

Here are some of the factors that affect depth of field: 

  • Aperture of the Lens: The smaller the f-stop (f22) the more depth of field and conversely…

Posted by Lou Manna on February 5, 2013 at 8:01am — 2 Comments



  • ISO: When shooting indoors without a flash, the ISO setting should be set to 800 or 1600 so that the camera sensor is more sensitive to the ambient light.
  • Exposure Compensation: View your photograph on the LCD screen to see if the image is too light or too dark.…

Posted by Lou Manna on November 17, 2010 at 12:00pm — 10 Comments



  • Built-In Flash: Try to avoid using your camera’s built-in flash since this direct light flattens the subject and reduces texture and depth. It is better to use the available light from lamps and lighting fixtures in the room or natural daylight from a window.…

Posted by Lou Manna on November 18, 2010 at 10:42am — 10 Comments



  • Subject: Try to have a main point of interest in your image. Avoid using too many objects that crowd the space and distract attention from the main subject. Keep it simple since less is more when it comes to food photography.

  • Placement:…

Posted by Lou Manna on November 19, 2010 at 8:39am — 10 Comments


A message to all members of Digital Food Photography

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for joining my social network and blog. It is quite exciting for me to have such a wonderful, talented and diverse group join me on this site.

As some of you may have noticed, I will be editing your photo submission to this site with the help of my studio manager, Joan O'Brien. We will delete the photos that could have been shot better and just don't quite make it for one reason or another. Whether it is the subject matter, a technical issue, lighting, composition or the background; we want to keep the standard as high as we can.

I am available for photo critiques via email and for a small fee on paypal. I can call you to discuss your images and help you on your journey to being a better photographer.
Please email me for more information about this service that I provide, plus I do give public and private workshops.

That's all for now...

Please participate and check back as often as you'd like.
Keep shooting and eating!

All my best,




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