Quick & Dirty Fork Holder

Just thought I’d share a simple trick with you today. I was in the midst of shooting a story for Cook & Eat, and wanted a shot of noodles streaming off of a fork. Rather than set-up anything fancy, I grabbed a couple of mugs, and stacked them to hold the fork into place. For heavier things, a simple $5 clamp from the hardware store carefully placed on a stack of blocks (or mugs, or anything) works great too. It’s a nice way to change up your photos and add a little life to them.

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Now, time for lunch!

  • What a brilliant tip! I can’t believe I’ve never thought of this … as I’ve been struggling with how to take such pictures without the help of another person. Thank you, thank you!

    p.s. – I clicked over from twitter … and I’m glad I did! 🙂

  • awesome post! such a simple and clever idea:)

  • I love the top left shot! Stacked mugs!? of course! My BF will be relieved to know that he won’t be bossed around anymore 🙂

  • Meanwhile, I always wondered how people were managing to take a picture and hold a fork simultaneously… 😉

  • Oh wow, I never thought of that! Whenever I try to get something on a fork or spoon I always take multiple, blurry shots. I’ll have to try this next time!

  • Genius! I can’t wait to try this one. Usually, I hold the fork with one hand and try to reach my shutter release cable with the other!

  • Wow, what a great tip! Somehow, I never thought to prop up the fork and I always end up holding it myself and trying to focus with my other hand. Silly!! I will definitely have to test this out sometime!

  • Great Idea!

  • OMG you rock what a simple idea, but i would have never thought of that!

  • What a brilliant and equally simple idea! I might have to try it right away…:)

  • That’s a great idea. I’ve never thought like that xD

  • Oh my gosh. Wow. Incredible. Makes me feel so stupid to not have thought of trying that with some of my food photos! Thank YOU so very much!

  • great tip!

  • What a great tip. Thanks for the idea.

  • dammit. now i’m going to have to try this out tonight.

    [thanks for the tip!]

  • hahaha. i can’t believe it never occurred to me to NOT use my own shaky hand to hold up a fork! thank you!

  • great idea. so funny that a simple (but clever) idea like this inspired so much chatter!

  • Oh my goodness, what a wonderful idea! Far easier than trying to hold the fork steady while taking the photo…;-) I’m a first-time visitor to your blog and look forward to browsing.

  • Aha! Husband has some of those clamps. Will have to track them down and stash one with my food photo equipment. Thanks for the tips!

  • I am a wedding photographer and love to take pictures of the rings at weddings. I am going to use a clamp to help me with some of my shots. Thanks for this I wouldn’t have thought of doing somehting like this.

  • Genius! So simple and so effective. I was actually pondering ways to do this last week – me left hand is not always steady enough to hold the fork while the right hand fiddles with the camera 😉

  • another stumbler from twitter…. know some of these tips from shooting products already but i think its brilliant that you are blogging about it =) i’ve added you to my WP blogroll (http://josephineki.wordpress.com/) too and will definately be checking back for new posts.


  • Nice tip! When I have to shoot food (rarely, but a few publications call for it), I always used a ‘Justin Clamp’ to hold the fork up. Great tip! This will make my life much easier…

  • Wow, that’s really clever. I normally just decoratively place my utensil in the plate/bowl/etc. I’m definitely going to try this. Thanks.

  • People as good at photography as this really piss me off…WHY do I lack talent? It’s not fair!

  • Excellent photos! It’s not easy to take good and appetizing food photos.
    Very nicely done!
    Wonderful blog you have here 🙂

  • Uh, brilliant! Thank you for the brilliant idea! Now I guess I won’t have to rely on my husband anymore.

    “Hey honey! You don’t have to hold that fork still! Look what I can do!”

  • I m new to this site….and i totally love this space….for a while i have been wondering how to shoot the photos of food better for my blog….and urs is truly an inspiration….this trick is definitely good…!thanks a lot !

  • So simple; you now have a legion of people saying, ‘Now, why didn’t I think of that?’

    Great blog; I’m not new to cooking or putting recipes online but new to blogging and photographing them, so all help is appreciated!

  • Great idea! Amazing pictures!

  • LOL…loved it…great tip!