Food Photography: Coffee

I’ve been working on some product food photography. Sharing some photos of roasted coffee beans and coffee that I shot recently.

Roasted coffee beans above : 60mm at F5, 1/10 Sec and ISO 400
Below: 60mm at F8, 1/10 Sec and ISO 400.
Powdered Coffee Close-up Above: 35mm at F3.2, 1/100 Sec, ISO 200
Below: 35mm at F3.5, 1/40 Sec and ISO 125.
Brewed Coffee Above: 35mm at F2, 1/250 Sec ISO 200
Coffee Beans Below: 60mm at F4, 1/80 Sec ISO 400.

I started learning photography when film cameras were still being manufactured, and have some un-developed films lying in a box since years! While searching for ‘35mm negative film developing’ on the net, I accidentally came across a great tutorial about developing black & white film with coffee, Vitamin C & soda! More info about the process is here. Will try it soon!



45 Comments Add yours

  1. Kaval says:

    awesome shots! love them 🙂

    1. Thanks Kaval 🙂

  2. Nice shots! 1st and 4th are my favorite in this series:)

  3. Paul Cahill says:

    Now I want a cup. I really enjoyed the perspective on these.

    1. Thanks Paul 🙂 Glad you like them.

  4. juleed says:

    Coffee and photography – two of my favorite things.
    Beautiful photos!

    1. Thank you so much Julee 🙂 It’s a huge compliment coming from you!

  5. Priyanka says:

    Great shots Ritu!

    1. 🙂 Thanks Priyanka!

  6. Rahul Desai says:


    1. 🙂 Thanks Rahul!

  7. Truly stunning, would desperately love a nice cup now but it’s well past midnight… The shots are awesome!

    1. Thanks a lot! 🙂

  8. kankana says:

    Product photography is tough and you did an amazing job!
    My dad used to click with film rolls but i never tried. checked out the links you shared .. pretty cool!

    1. Thanks Kankana 🙂 Realized ‘product’ food photography is quite different than ‘Food Photography’, I miss the styling with all the beautiful props!
      Can’t tell you enough, how much I love your pictures and styling of food! 🙂 Loving the texture of your crinkle cookies and the combination of green with brown!

  9. jmnartsy says:

    The top two and the last pic are my faves. Great control and used the light beautifully to bring out the true colour of the beans, in particular. The coffee, vit.c and soda ‘developers’ must be the modern sustainable way to process the film without chemicals. I’d like to see the results, that’s for sure.

    1. Thanks a lot! 🙂 Not sure if it’s modern, but it gives an amazing vintage look on the images!

  10. dhruvashra says:

    Great clarity 🙂

  11. ailsapm says:

    Really cool shots, beautifully done! xxx Ailsa

    1. Thanks Alisa 🙂

  12. patrickshu says:

    love these photos, the word Coffee on the first photo is nice touch.

    1. Thanks Patrick! Glad you like the coffee stain text 🙂

  13. I’m not a coffee person. Love the smell of it, but despise it as a drink. Through your images, I’m feeling the aroma of the fresh ground coffee. YUM.

    1. 🙂 Thanks for the lovely compliment!

  14. adinparadise says:

    Great photos. They make me really ‘wake up and smell the coffee’. 😉

  15. I didnt think it was possible to love coffee more than I do now but these photos are sooooo amazing!!!

  16. Anita Mac says:

    Amazing shots! Great use of DoF!

  17. Cletus Pryde says:

    food photography is really great, i love both foods and photography at the same time.^

    Remember to visit our website

  18. Ravinder Matharu says:

    You have got amazing talent Ritu, I really get inspired whenever I go through your blogs, photography & compositions. You should spread your wings globally, I m sure everybody will be liking it..

    keep sharing the great stuff that you do.. : )

    1. Thanks a lot for the lovely compliments and suggestions Ravinder! Cheers!

  19. Can’t tell you how much I love coffee… Great work!

  20. These are great shots! It’s always hard when you have to shoot dark colors.

    1. Thanks! 🙂 Yeah that’s right, and that too on a contrasting white background!

  21. Nice pictures. I really like the one with a hint of blue — in the background.

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