How to Photograph a Steaming Cup of Coffee

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Ever wanted to photograph a steaming cup of coffee?

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Maybe not – but it could be a fun little evening project to hone your skills.

Here’s a video from the team at Learn my Shot to show you how to do it.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

  • petalpunk

    Definitely gonna try this. I have an old kodak camera I can use in the shot with the coffee mug. Nothing like combining my two favorite things: photography and coffee.

  • ScottC

    Great stuff! Coffee is obviously a favorite of mine, tips taken….

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lendog64/4333774309/

  • I thought to myself this is going to be the most boring video in the entire world. Boy was I mistaken. I actually really enjoyed it. Thanks for turning my night around. Maybe I should have watched it in the morning. πŸ™‚

  • I know what you mea Jai – it wasn’t the sexiest video going around but was pretty cool to watch – at least I enjoyed it. Coffee and Photography (my two favorite things).

  • yasmin

    I really loved it…was so informative..though am not into coffee that much πŸ™‚ but sure i will try it πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • My Cup of tea, not real steam but I used light painting technique to give it a steam effect πŸ™‚

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahmedzoha/5408994674/in/photostream

  • Thanks for this tip, I got an idea. I want to sort of do the same concept in the video..but instead of the old film camera I’m going to use my .357 magnum in the background and 6 bullets in the foreground. Short of going for that gangster feel.

  • VERY cool beans!!!!!!!!

  • Nice! Simple, effective and easy to emulate. Thanks!!!!

  • Travis Smith

    Nice! I really enjoyed this very informative short video.

  • Linda Rogoff

    Nice video,great results. What can you use if you don’t have the vellum?

  • Great stuff! I loved seeing him build the light and then showing us what each one did as it was added. I also love the vellum to soften and disperse the light evenly. I just discovered Digital Photography School and it will be a miracle if I ever get any of my *actual* work done again because I keep coming here!! :o)

  • @Linda. You can try silk (if you have thin silk fabric) vellum is pretty cheap you can get a 5 yard roll for about $18 on amazon…. search for vellum on the roll by clearprint

  • “What can you use if you don’t have the vellum?”

    Just get yourself some tissue paper from a craft store. I used it for years in a lightbox created from a cardboard box – looked great. You might have to double up with sheets of paper, depending on how strong your light is or the effect you’re looking for – but it should be what you need.

  • Gary

    really informative video, precise, simple and effective. Thanks

  • Gerry

    Good video, but the background music was really irritating.

  • Farhat Ullah

    Nice technique, good composition, good exposure

  • Lyn

    I just did this a couple weeks ago. I photo shopped my steam.

  • Guest

    I liked the tip about adding props for interest. I have no special lighting, so I used natural light to capture the steam from my tea.

  • Marlene Allen

    I liked the tip about adding interest with props. I have no special lighting, so I captured the steam from my tea with natural light.

  • Varun Kassana

    nice
    thanks

  • Barry E Warren

    Very good video, Thanks for sharing on DPS. I also bookmarked

    Your website. Great lesson on lighting.

  • Steven Wilkinson

    I’m curious why you diffused the first light and not the second? Great video.

  • Junaid Mukhtar Rana

    Nikon d7200 nikon 18 140mm 4.5f . s.s 5sec

  • Junaid Mukhtar Rana

    nikon d7200 18 140mm s.s 5 sec f=4.5 50mm

  • deb

    My kitchen is pretty dark with the lights turned off, except for the light ray that comes in from the only window. I placed the cup in the ray and shot it from across the room with my 70-200mm at 125mm

  • Kyriakos Gkogkopoulos

    EOS 600D 50mm:1.8
    T: 1/80s f:5 ISO:100 50mm

  • Laura Fechete

    I do wonder…. this article was written before or after this one:

    http://www.photoaxe.com/how-to-photograph-a-hot-steaming-cup-of-coffee-or-tea/

Some Older Comments

  • Farhat Ullah June 4, 2013 05:38 pm

    Nice technique, good composition, good exposure

  • Gerry May 19, 2013 07:19 pm

    Good video, but the background music was really irritating.

  • Gary May 15, 2013 02:03 pm

    really informative video, precise, simple and effective. Thanks

  • Tony May 11, 2013 01:26 am

    "What can you use if you don’t have the vellum?"

    Just get yourself some tissue paper from a craft store. I used it for years in a lightbox created from a cardboard box - looked great. You might have to double up with sheets of paper, depending on how strong your light is or the effect you're looking for - but it should be what you need.

  • sasha May 10, 2013 11:11 pm

    @Linda. You can try silk (if you have thin silk fabric) vellum is pretty cheap you can get a 5 yard roll for about $18 on amazon.... search for vellum on the roll by clearprint

  • Monica Ricci May 10, 2013 10:49 pm

    Great stuff! I loved seeing him build the light and then showing us what each one did as it was added. I also love the vellum to soften and disperse the light evenly. I just discovered Digital Photography School and it will be a miracle if I ever get any of my *actual* work done again because I keep coming here!! :o)

  • Linda Rogoff May 10, 2013 10:16 pm

    Nice video,great results. What can you use if you don't have the vellum?

  • Travis Smith May 10, 2013 12:30 pm

    Nice! I really enjoyed this very informative short video.

  • Stuart Heggie May 10, 2013 10:18 am

    Nice! Simple, effective and easy to emulate. Thanks!!!!

  • Lois Bryan May 10, 2013 08:34 am

    VERY cool beans!!!!!!!!

  • Nicholas Erwin May 10, 2013 04:44 am

    Thanks for this tip, I got an idea. I want to sort of do the same concept in the video..but instead of the old film camera I'm going to use my .357 magnum in the background and 6 bullets in the foreground. Short of going for that gangster feel.

  • Ahmed Zoha May 9, 2013 10:05 am

    My Cup of tea, not real steam but I used light painting technique to give it a steam effect :)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahmedzoha/5408994674/in/photostream

  • yasmin May 9, 2013 06:29 am

    I really loved it...was so informative..though am not into coffee that much :) but sure i will try it :) :)

  • Darren Rowse May 8, 2013 10:49 am

    I know what you mea Jai - it wasn't the sexiest video going around but was pretty cool to watch - at least I enjoyed it. Coffee and Photography (my two favorite things).

  • Jai Catalano May 8, 2013 09:46 am

    I thought to myself this is going to be the most boring video in the entire world. Boy was I mistaken. I actually really enjoyed it. Thanks for turning my night around. Maybe I should have watched it in the morning. :)

  • ScottC May 8, 2013 08:25 am

    Great stuff! Coffee is obviously a favorite of mine, tips taken....

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lendog64/4333774309/

  • petalpunk May 8, 2013 07:03 am

    Definitely gonna try this. I have an old kodak camera I can use in the shot with the coffee mug. Nothing like combining my two favorite things: photography and coffee.

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