So as most of you know, I recently got my Canon D3000 DSLR camera for my birthday and I'm really, really enjoying it! It's just frustrating that I have NO windows in my kitchen (thanks little apartment) so I'm forced to go outside on my deck for a desperate attempt at getting great photos. That's super fun considering after I cook a delicious, HOT meal I have to take that meal outside, sit it down on the floor of my deck and take about 20 photos of it.....gross I know. So I found this super fun cheat sheet to help us new photographers out!
Pretty cool, huh?
So, in an effort to learn from my mistakes, I wanted to share my progression so far and would love to hear ANY feedback as to what I'm doing wrong or what I need to change in order to better my photos. This is a learning experience after all and constructive criticism is welcome!
....nicely of course ;)
....nicely of course ;)
Here's my very FIRST dish taken with my DSLR camera. This one I was not pleased with at all...the lighting was all wrong, I took the photo inside, and I definitely didn't angle the food correctly as clearly you can see where my backdrop meets the counter (oops). So I decided to practice some more.
These photos were taken on the same day and was my second attempt at taking photos. I guess I did a little bit better considering my sun dried tomato dip was accepted onto Foodgawker! (yaaaay!) The other one was rejected due to the photo not being clear enough and the plate being "awkward"...sigh.
Last, but not least, these are my most recent and the ones I'm most proud of so far. I lowered my aperture to as LOW as it would go (which on my camera is only 3.5) and I tried to get it as clear as possible. I know it takes more practice, but I just wish I knew how people obtain photos that come out so incredibly clear and focused and that are accepted onto Foodgawker or Tastespotting every time! So jealous.
I guess I just have these main questions:
1. Do I need to purchase a 50 mm lens to obtain that true blurred background effect that looks so amazing in photos?
2. What does it mean to be in "macro mode" and is that the best mode to be in when taking pictures of food?
3. What types of photoshop programs are best to use when editing your pictures? (Right now I'm using picnik)
4. Will I get a more focused photo if I use a tripod rather than my free hand?
5. How long does it take to master photography without ripping all your hair out?!?!
Just kidding about the last one :)
I suppose for now I'm going to watch Youtube tutorials and read up on everything I can about photography. This book Plate to Pixel was recommended to me and I can't wait to read it!
Hopefully this time next year I'll be looking back on all these photos and will be able to see some real progress. Even the best photographers had to start somewhere, right??
Thanks for listening to my little rant. Plating food and taking pictures of each dish was something that really intrigued me when I started blogging and it's also something I'm bound and determined to master! I'm sure even professionals still learn something new each day so there IS hope! I'm excited to share this journey with you all and thanks so much for always sending nice comments my way :) Each and every one of them are SO appreciated and make my day!!