Food Photography

I’ve taken some food pictures for this blog but I never put much thought in to applying  the best techniques for food photography.  That is, until yesterday.

I am trying to put together a list of recipes that I use often and one of the stipulations I have for myself is that I need to include a picture that I’ve taken of the food to include next to the recipe.

Yesterday I made a breakfast sandwich and I could not get a picture I was happy with.  I used my 18-55mm lens and it was just not working out.

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photo taken with 18-55mm lens and artificial light

I got frustrated with the 18-55mm lens because it would not focus if I got too close.  But if I got further away from the food, the picture lost some of the detail that I wanted to capture.  I thought maybe I can spruce up the picture in Photoshop. Nope.

So I read a few posts about food photography and two of the recommendations that stood out to me were 1.) use a macro lens and 2.) use natural light if possible.

So, that’s what I did this morning.

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photo taken with 60mm macro lens and natural light

Huge difference!  Before I took the picture, I wasn’t sure if it would work because there was barely any light coming in through the kitchen window.  But my lens knew how to make it work.  I like this picture because it shows the detail of the food and the lighting indicates that I was about to enjoy the sandwich in the morning – which I did.

Don’t get me wrong – I have taken decent pictures of food with my 18-55mm lens, like the one shown below but I think I’ll stick with the 60mm macro for a while.

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photo taken with 18-55mm lens and artificial light

What tricks or tips do you have when taking pictures of food?

52 Week Photography Challenge

Anyone else participating in the 52 week photo challenge hosted by Dogwood Photography?  It started at the beginning of 2017 but don’t worry if you missed a few weeks.  If you’re interested, go ahead and jump right in!

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Each week focuses on a different theme designed to improve your photography skills.  You can find the full article and a list of weekly themes here on the 52 Week Photo Challenge website.

Themes so far this year have been:

  1. Rule of thirds
  2. Straight out of the lens (no photo editing)
  3. Artistic landscape
  4. Tell a story using a mirror
  5. Take 10 pictures of the same object from different angles, distance, etc.

If you decide to participate, I’d love to see some of your pictures!  My week 1-4 pictures are posted above.

Happy picture taking.

 

 

2017 Calendar

I’ve finally decided on the pictures I want to use for my 2017 calendar.

All pictures were taken by me in 2016 and here’s a description of each:

  • January – this picture was taken outside of our house after a snowstorm last winter
  • February -this was taken in February when I was out for a walk
  • March – this was at a local garden on a warmer winter day last winter
  • April – This is a neighbors tree.  I sat down under the tree and pointed my camera upward toward the sky
  • May – This was taken at the local garden one weekend morning
  • June – Also taken at the local garden (I guess I go there a lot!)
  • July & August – Also taken at the local garden (yikes!)
  • September – At a local university
  • October – My front porch after it was decorated for fall
  • November – this is a bush we have in our yard that turns red when the leaves start to fall.
  •  December – I took this when I was out for a walk on a warmer day last winter.

I used a fixed 50mm f/1.4 lens for all of the pictures except for January.  For January, I used a 18-55mm f/5.6 lens.  My camera is a Canon Rebel T3i.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

Veterans Day

Today marks the 98th anniversary of the end of WWI.  It is also Veterans Day in the U.S. which is a national holiday designated to honoring and thanking those who have served in the U.S. military.  A huge “thank you” to all veterans.  I hope you had an amazing day and got to enjoy the weather as much as I did.

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November Morning

I woke up early today to go to a craft show.  I didn’t stay long but I did buy a homemade soy peppermint candle and a homemade Christmas card.  It was a cold morning, but it was sunny and there wasn’t much of a breeze, so it didn’t feel too bad out.  After I got home, the sun was still low and it was casting interesting shadows.  So I grabbed my camera.

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Anyone started their Christmas shopping yet?  I’ve only bought three things so far and I have A LOT more to go.  I really enjoy buying things for other people, but the problem is coming up with gifts that a.) they don’t already have and b.) they’ll like.  Wish me luck!

Shadows and Light

I went back to the park yesterday to take some pictures.  I was hoping to get some practice with my macro lens by taking pictures of flowers and other small things, but there wasn’t really anything small that stood out to me.  Instead, I used my favorite lens, a fixed 50mm high aperture lens (f/1.4), to take pictures of some really great light.

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I hope you’ve had a wonderful June so far.  June is my favorite month and I’m looking forward to a long, warm, and productive summer.