we need to create few cooking videos for a campus project and we are planning to use an overhead camera (dslr) to capture top view of the cooking. Our main concern is protecting the camera from heat and steam we get when preparing indian food.
really appreciate if anyone with creating cooking videos can us on how to protect camera and lens
I'd say you don't have much to worry about. If it'll make you feel better, there are a few options you could look into:
Option 1: Use a mirror at a 45° angle, shoot the camera towards the mirror off to the side canted 90° clockwise and reverse in post to match other shots. Be sure to have a spare rag to wipe off any condensation that may appear on the mirror.
Option 2: Put a 1/4" pane of clear glass in front of the lens while shooting down towards the food. Rig the camera on a jib or something similar and maybe the glass on a couple of c-stands with padding on the edges where the clamps are. Again, may have a rag handy.
Regardless, you'll want to keep your distance if you can. If possible, use a location with enough overhead space where you won't have to worry about the steam and heat, like a cafeteria and a stove with an open stove top. That way, you'll have plenty of room for lighting and the camera rig. Do a couple of test-shoot and a boiling pot of water to see what problems may come up.