Camera Recs for Restaurant Pics [moved from General Chowhounding]
- LPM Dec 21, 2007 05:43 AM
I have eaten at some great restaurants over the years -- The French Laundry, Alinea, Cyrus, Nobu -- and have blogged about my meals. But I have always resisted the temptation to take pictures of the dishes because I didn't want to distract other diners by whipping out my bulky camera.
I would like to take the occasional discreet snapshot, however, if I had a camera thin and small enough to slip into my pocket but powerful enough to take clear pictures in minimal light. Anyone know of such a machine?
Having a food preset on the camera is very convenient but taking food photos is quite complicated. You can rarely take a snap of food that does it justice. You really need all sorts of sophisticated equipment and even then some foods just aren't photogenic.
But, pay no attention to me. Photography is a hobby and I get kinda anal about it.
My treo takes really nice (640x480) pictures in low lighting. I always have it with me anyway (on vibrate, of course), and it's pretty discreet - when you use it you just look like you're reading your emails (pretty rude too but my normal dining partner is used to it). I have a canon SD900 that's really small, most of the new digital cameras are. It has macro and autofocus and takes even better photos but I'd be worried about forgetting to suppress the flash if I used it in a restaurant.