I’ve been blogging for nearly seven years now. I’m still not a great photographer, but I’ve come a long way.
(Most of this post focuses on food photography, but these basics are applicable to photographing any subject.)
Here’s one of the very first photos I took for the blog. The recipe is still one of our favorites (I really need to shoot a new photo!). The original photo probably wouldn’t convince you to try it.
Now here’s a photo that I took more recently. The recipe is based on the slow cooker version in the photo above, but it looks much more appetizing in this photo:
I know others can take better photos. But I try not to compare myself to others.
I want to see growth when I compare myself to myself – old work to new work.
Here are a few things I’ve done to improve my photography over the years:
1. I learned to use my camera on manual mode.
After attempting to read the manual and learn on my own, I finally took a class to learn to use my Nikon D40 on manual mode. The teacher got me up to speed quickly. Much, much quicker than if I’d tried to do it on my own.
2. I learned about lighting.
Good photographers are always chasing daylight. In the beginning, I never did that. I just shot the picture where I happened to be standing, usually at the kitchen counter under artificial light.
(photo above taken with iPhone and edited with PicTapGo)
Now I’ve learned a few tricks:
* I move the food near a window. I’ve learned which places in my house have the best light.
* I use white foam core boards to bounce light on the subject.
* I use a tripod to keep the camera steady while shooting in lower light.
* I use special photography lights when I have to shoot in the winter. There’s just no way for me to get enough light in the house during the darkest months of the year.
There are other things I’ve learned over the years, of course, but these are the things that have had the biggest impact on my photography.
I’d like to say that I never take a truly bad photo anymore, but that’s not the case. I’m still learning.
In fact, I just took advantage of the chance to buy the Ultimate Photography Bundle. It’s packed with 13 eBooks and 5 eCourses. That will keep me learning for a long time!
I started with iPhone Only Photography, because that’s the camera I have with me most often. I’ve already learned a few things that I didn’t know about the iPhone camera, in spite of the fact that I’ve been using an iPhone for years now.
I’m also looking forward to diving into Eat Pretty Things and Tasty Food Photography, so I can gather tips I can use here on the blog.
The Photography Master Class: Your Complete Guide to Photography eCourse sounds like it will cover it all, and in a video format too.
This is an amazing deal at just $37. The bundle is only available for a week, June 22-29. The Photography Master Class alone is worth $199.
I’m excited to improve not just my food photos, but also photos of my family too.
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