4 Tips to photograph coffee

In 2014 it was confirmed by the International Coffee Organization, that October 1, 2015, is the first International Coffee Day.  People (myself included) LOVE coffee, and this is a day to promote awareness to everyone involved in creating that little cup of deliciousness.

The International Coffee Organisation are requesting that people take photographs of their coffees and share on social media with the hashtag #Internationalcoffeeday.

People love taking pictures of their beloved cup of coffee and sharing them. Currently, on Instagram there are 34259332  images tagged #coffee, with more added by the hour. It doesn’t matter if it is a Starbucks cup or the most expensive coffee Kopiluwak, photographing coffee is very popular.

In honour of this, here are my simple tips to better capture that cup.

  1. Imagine the final image

Firstly, figure out what it is about this particular cup of coffee that you want to capture. It could be crema on top of the coffee, the vessel it comes in, or the way it is served. Question if it is worth sharing on social media in the first place.

The wooden 'saucer' made this an image worth sharing | Early Bird, Toronto | IPhone 4s
The wooden ‘saucer’ made this an image worth sharing, regardless of positioning, the angles are not quite straight, it drove my OCDness crazy | Early Bird, Toronto | IPhone 4s

2. Find a good place to make the image.

Make sure your area is clear and clutter free. Use surrounding windows to offer natural light over your beverage. Look for something that makes this cup, stand out over the hundred thousand other cups of coffee.

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Sit near the window, play with the light and shadows. | Dark Horse, Toronto | Nikon d750

3. Make the image 

The best camera to use is the one that you have with you! This means anything from a smartphone to a DSLR can be your camera of choice.  Make sure that focus is set on the coffee itself, and not anything else. If you have a camera with settings allowing you to alter the aperture, a larger aperture (‘A’ on some cameras, you can try the ‘portrait mode’ on a point and shoot too) will allow for a shallower depth of field. This creates nice ‘bokeh’ with the cup in focus, and everything else being blurry.

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Using a larger aperture, I focused on the coffee, inside the cup. This allowed the blurring (Bokeh) on the outside of the image | 1\100 second | f4.0 | Te Aro, Toronto | Nikon d750
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Whoops, focused on the table | Te Aro, Toronto | Nikon d750
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That’s better | Te Aro, Toronto | Nikon d750

4. Drink your coffee!    Share the image on social media, use the #Internationalcoffeeday hashtag, sit back, relax and enjoy your brew.

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If the cup has a nice feature, use it. | Te Aro, Toronto | Nikon d750

Are you celebrating National Coffee day?

Do you have a favorite coffee shop that I should check out?

Most of these images were taken at Te Aro, a Pilot coffee shop on Queen Street East.  It’s a great spot with great food and knowledgeable staff. By describing the differences between the beans and coffee flavour profiles, they can tailor your coffee, to just how you like it.  (I was not supported by TeAro for this article, I just like it and support them.)



And remember to follow my journey 🙂

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Great shots Paul. Makes me want to get a cup of coffee.

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