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How to Photograph a Steaming Cup of Coffee

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/

  • http://www.portraitinspiration.com Jai Catalano

    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. :)

  • http://digital-photography-school.com/ Darren Rowse

    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 :) but sure i will try it :) :)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahmedzoha/ Ahmed Zoha

    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

  • http://nickerwin.com Nicholas Erwin

    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.

  • http://lois-bryan.artistwebsites.com Lois Bryan

    VERY cool beans!!!!!!!!

  • http://Stuartheggie.com Stuart Heggie

    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?

  • http://www.monicaricci.net Monica Ricci

    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)

  • http://sashagitin.com sasha

    @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

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/tonyjcase/ Tony

    “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

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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