Just got a new stove/oven. Can you tell? I have added recipes because I can actually bake now!
I am feeling well enough to consider a part time job in January. It so nice to zip through grocery stores without feeling like I'll fall over. I used to wonder what people would think if they saw me go down. Not a problem anymore! :)
I just finished some portrait sessions. I had four senior sessions and one large family. I think I may be done for the winter. I found that I could not wear my gloves and work the camera. My fingers were done in til we where finished! Oh and I got a $50 parking ticket. Going to appeal that baby today!
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This week I am linking up to Friday My Town Shoot Out and sharing the inside of my home. Or just little pieces of it. While our home is not huge or fancy, I am very content with it. I love time spent with family and I love baking for them too!
I feel like I spend a lot of time in the kitchen and at the stove.
Hence, the pumpkin pie...that I was eating as I photographed it. ;)
I have had just a few inquiries about beginner photography and/or on line classes. At this time I am not venturing into online classes. However, If you are a blogger and need some help with those food photos, I do have a few tips to share. I am assuming you know the basics of how to use your camera either in AV mode or full manual. Here are six basic tips to get you started.
1) Natural Light - This is your best ally when taking any photo. Look at the light coming in your windows. A nice, indirect (or diffused) light is best. If the light is shining through the window too brightly, you can close a sheer curtain or tape up tracing just until your shot is done. Also, I have learned to turn off the lighting in the room. It messes up white balance and makes shadows. This leads to item number two.
2) Tripod - A tripod is a necessary tool for keeping your camera very still while shooting a slow shutter speeds. I do not feel that it needs to be an expensive one unless you are hiking and climbing and making adjustments on hillsides. If you are in your dining room, you need something sturdy enough to hold your camera.
3) Reflector - So you have your food located in a nice spot and the sun is shining through just nice but that leaves the opposite side in the dark a bit. You can prop up thick white board or use a professional reflector to naturally add light to the darker side. People want to see the entire dish. In food photography exposure wins over artistic lighting. Save that for other stuff!
4) Simple Styling - Many bloggers would like to get their photos onto sites like visual driven sites like Tastespotting since it creates more exposure and drives more traffic to your blog. If you take some time to look at the photos, there is a general theme. Usually, the styling is simple. Remember to keep it about the food and show the food. Yes, layers of burlap and crinkled paper add interest, but your food is always the star. When you master simple then move to more intricate.
Here are some examples of good styling with out the fuss:
5) Focus - This is big. I use food blogs to find most of my recipes. I want to see a photo of the food that is in focus. Blurry photos tell me that the author of the blog is not careful. Then I start to wonder, is the recipe good? Again, using a tripod helps to keep your camera still for a crisp shot.
Here is an example of good focus at What Katie Ate. You can see each layer of texture in the photo.
6) White Balance - White balance is a crucial part of a good photography. A Tuscan soup that is bluish in color will not entice a reader to try it. There are two ways to improve white balance in a photo.
Use the CUSTOM WHITE BALANCE setting on your camera. Hold a white piece of paper up to the subject and take a photo. Set the white balance and take your photo.
Use LIGHTROOM or PHOTOSHOP to adjust the white balance.
HERE is an excellent example of all elements put together! Simple, clean, and delicious looking!
Other resources for jump-starting your food photography.
I hope these tips help you feel more confident about your photography. If you are still learning to use your camera, try practicing on store bought cookies or some granola bars. Best wishes on your blogging.