I am a little bit obsessed with taking photos of food. Everywhere I go I’m constantly snapping for inspiration, so I can relive it later or to remember one particular element or of course to share it here. One thing I didn’t really think about when I started my blog was taking photos and how important they are to the blog.
When I first started out my photos were pretty bad. I look at this one and think ‘who would rush off to make that?’ I think I’ve come a fair way from this photo to the first photo. I haven’t taken any lessons just a lot of Googling and trial and error.
One great trick I learned was this little set up. I have no idea where I saw it but I have used it quite a few times. All you need is a window, some baking paper, a white surface (I’ve just used a piece of paper on a chopping board), a piece of aluminum foil and something to hold it up.
This is how the photo turned out. If I took that now I’d want to do a bit of editing afterwards but it’s a pretty cool effect considering all you need is a few things in the kitchen.
This one was another result of my paper experimenting. Pretty cool huh?
The best thing that’s happened to my food photography lately was buying a photography eBook from a wonderful American food blogger A Pinch of Yum. The book is so well written and teaches the simplest but most effective ways to get great photos. Since reading it a few months ago, I’ve had 10 of my photos accepted on Tastespotting, which, after a lot of rejections, I realised is kind of a big deal! If you’re after a little bit of help with photography I highly recommend it.
I do have a fancy camera for my photo-taking. I use a Nikon D5000 and just recently ungraded to a macro lens. It sounds like a know what I’m talking about but I really don’t. I explained what I wanted to do with the lens to the camera shop man and he told me what I needed.
Between the friendly man at the camera shop and a lot of reading I have learned a few tips that I’ll share. They’re not rocket science and definitely not anything new but they’ve improved my photography.
- shoot in natural light whenever possible
- take A LOT of photos and then delete them later (I take at least 30 of each item to get a good one)
- play around and take photos in different positions
- you don’t need fancy editing – I just use iPhoto (because I’m scared of photoshop) the eBook I bought taught me iPhoto has a lot more features than I thought!
- learn how to use your camera – I bought Nikon D5000 for Dummies and taught myself
- practice, practice, practice
- have fun! I have found myself telling muffins ‘that’s a wrap’ when I’ve got the perfect shot
The next thing I’d like to learn about is styling or as Tastespotting likes to call ‘composition’ (I know that because that’s the reason they give for rejecting a lot of my photos).
I’m working on my styling items collection, that part I don’t have trouble with surprisingly (actually I have quite a collection I might share one day), so now I just need to master the art of putting them all together.
So what about you? Do you take photos of your food? What’s your best photography tip?
Disclosure: I get a commission from sales of the photography eBook but I would never EVER promote something if I didn’t think it was worth it!