How to show steam with food photography?

8 months 2 days ago #668575 by Eric A
The last 3 weekends I have been working on food photography shots.  Putting aside the arranging, I've had mild success.  One thing I can't figure out, is how to they show off that the food is warm with steam?  I found one guy talking about a warm wash cloth, but that didn't work.  

Any tips would be appreciated. 

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8 months 2 days ago #668579 by Nikon Shooter
Steam is visible only when there is a contrast with the
ambient temperature — boil water in the desert and
you won't see much.

Light is free… capturing it is not!
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8 months 2 days ago #668591 by effron

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8 months 1 day ago #668627 by thephotographyco
thanks for the link above its been quite helpful, to say the least. I had a food photography shoot the other day and next one ill put these tips and tricks to use!


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8 months 1 day ago #668629 by Mike McKinnon
Ha!  I knew this one.   I had seen the tampon tip before.  


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8 months 1 day ago #668635 by CharleyL
I've done it by compositing using Photoshop. I photographed smoke from cigarettes on a chroma green background, removed the background, and then added it as a layer to the food photo. Play with the transparency settings to make it more transparent, and it looks very much like steam.

Charley


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