How To Photograph a Steaming Hot Cup of Coffee


posted Friday, June 29, 2012 at 2:11 PM EDT

Steaming-coffee-01-logoIf you visit any of the photo sharing sites such as Instagram or Flickr, you may find that eager photographers seem obsessed with one thing. No, not THAT thing; another more highly caffinated thing. Coffee, that is: blogging and tweeting about it and, above all, sharing photos of it.

Honestly, if we have to see one more close-up photo of the foam on top of a freshly brewed latte, we may toss our iPhone into the coffee grinder.

It's not that there's anything wrong with obsessing about coffee -- we're on our fifth cup today and have been known to snap pix of coffee beans from time to time -- it's just that some of these pictures are so boring and amateur.

If you want to know how to really photograph a steaming cup of coffee in a professional manner in the studio, you should check out the below video tutorial from photographer Robert Grant of

Grant walks you through a basic lighting set-up and offers tips on adding props and generating and capturing excess steam to produce a coffee photo with impact.

Blurry Instgram snapshot, it's definitely not.

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How to Photograph Steaming Coffee