"Tips" used to be a regular feature of old-timey photography magazines. You don't see them so much any more.
I've never been good at coming up with them. An editor once suggested I write a column of tips, "because readers enjoy them"—and all I could come up with was one*. Which is lame. And not enough for a whole column**.
But anyone who does something for long enough occasionally discovers something—some little trick—that both works and helps: a tip.
So anyway, humbly offered, a tip for food photographers, something I've noticed in passing. (Yes, I realize no food photographer may ever read this, or, if one does, never try it. Hence the humility.)
If you run a Behmore 1600 coffee roaster in a small small room for one cycle—even "dry," sans beans—it will temporarily suck so much moisture out of the air that it makes hot food and hot liquids steam like crazy...in a very picturesque way.
There you go—a veritable tip, my second original contribution to the genre and the canon. No charge.
*Take two of the little plastic containers that 35mm film comes in (we used to call them "film cans," because they originally were cans, made of metal), one Kodak and one Ilford. Cut the bottom off the Kodak one and cut a small vertical slit in the now open bottom end. Then jam the Kodak container down into the Ilford one. You can add a drop of glue if you want to—cyanoacrylate*** (CA) would probably work—but the two halves will stay together nicely even without glue. You've just made a handy light-tight and (if glued) waterproof container for 120 or 220 medium-format film. You're welcome, world.
**But enough for a whole blog post.
***More familiar by various trade names such as Super Glue and Krazy Glue. Fittingly, Eastman Kodak had a hand in its development.
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Steve Barnett: "Or...you could buy a roll of Rollei or Adox 120 film and get a properly made re-sealable snap lid film can free, because that is what the film comes in."
Mike replies: That's considerate of them. That old "tip" of mine was published in the 1980s, though, and nothing like that existed then that I knew of.
Eamon Hickey: "Food photography is one of the sub-genres of photography with the most cool and unusual tricks, in my experience. A body of arcane knowledge built up over decades by highly skilled craftsman. I once spent an enjoyable couple of hours learning some of them from Lou Manna, at the launch of his book Digital Food Photography, which should be available on Amazon through TOP's affiliate links for anyone interested. Did you know that there are fake (acrylic) ice cubes that greatly ease the job of shooting drinks? Lou clued me in to that. These are also available on Amazon through TOP's affiliate links!"