This is the first installment in a new series intended for food bloggers who have little to no photographic training and are trying their best to take gorgeous photos for their sites. I definitely fall into this category.
Until about four months ago the only camera I owned besides my iPhone was an almost seven year old Sony point and click from the mall. And until about a month ago, I didn’t even have a blog. In the Fall of 2014 my poor Sony point and click took a nose dive into the Atlantic Ocean as I was saving my two year old daughter from being engulfed by a huge wave. It was sad but kind of funny and perhaps even providential because my sweet husband got me a new Olympus OM-D E-M10 Digital Mirrorless as an early Christmas present. Here is an excellent review of it by The Wirecutter, a highly respected source for electronic device information (according to my techie hubbie).
In the few short weeks since starting my blog in February this year, I’ve taken thousands of photographs, mostly because it took that many to get a decent shot 🙂 I have learned so much from trial and error, but also from devouring the advice freely offered by professional food photography bloggers.
I thought it would be helpful to someone just starting out, like me, to learn from my mistakes and take this journey with me.
Let’s start with one of the first important lessons I’ve learned. Here are a couple of photos I took for recipe posts back in February this year.
Zoom forward a few weeks and here are a couple of my most recent photos.
The salad was taken in the late afternoon and the parfait was taken in the morning in the same kitchen as the ones from February. I have one small window in my kitchen, which is at the back of the house, french doors in the adjoining breakfast room, and a lot of large trees towering above my house in the back yard. When the kitchen lights aren’t on, it looks way too dark in there for photos. But I tried a tip I learned from Cooking without Limits from her post Food Lighting I.
The best light for food photography is natural light. Food just looks good when it’s captured in that warm and soft light that has a kind of morning or late afternoon feel; it’s about the mood, it’s about the story we want to tell. | Cooking without Limits
These photos were taken in the morning and afternoon, so guess what? I turned off all the lights. When I looked into my camera I couldn’t believe the difference it made. To my naked eye the room looked too dark to take a decent photo. But through the lens it looked beautiful. Lesson learned. Thank you, Cooking without Limits!
I’d love to say that I can take a photography course in the near future, but I’m raising two aliens (I mean kids!) and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy, so that is not in the cards for a while. I’d love to hear what you’ve learned about taking better food photos and what blogs have been helpful to you. In the meantime, I hope you’ll stop by from time to time, see what I’m up to, try a few things, and see if it helps you too.
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