Hello forum, Does anyone know how to take good photos of food like the images we see in magazines and in recipe books? What is the secret? Specialised lighting? Longer exposure/shutter time (requiring an SLR camera)? A special type of film? A special lense (I'm thinking "macro zoom" or whatever it is called)? Can I take great shots with a digital camera or are "real photographers" still using film? Here is the sort of stuff I'd like to be able to do: I wish I could take photos like these. I once used my compact camera to take a photo at close range to get the food/dish/meal taking up most of the frame area and it came out terrible - all out of focus and "flat" looking. I want to capture the juiciness of the dish like they did in the first image. I only have a compact camera. Should I get an SLR camera or a Digital camera? Are digital cameras capable of "real" photography? Thank you.