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Fun Photo Tip #2 
 
Jan. 23, 2009 12:22 am 
Updated: Feb. 4, 2009 6:00 pm
Hi Everyone! I'm so happy that my tips are helping. It's a great feeling to share my knowledge of photography. :)

In my last blog I mentioned that lighting is what I think is the most important part of taking a great photograph of your food. I believe that angles and composition(the placement of objects) is right behind lighting, as far as importance goes. A certain angle and composition helps make the photograph look more interesting and adds more dimension to the food.

As far as angles go, let's use a whole round/ rectangular cake as an example. The cake will more than likely be at least a few inches tall and the top of it could be nicely decorated. Shooting straight down on the cake will show a nice view of top, but you lose the dimension of it by not showing some of the sides. If the camera is lined up straight on with the cake (like parallel) then a lot of the details of the cake will be lost. So to get a great shot, try moving the camera up a little (starting from the bottom of the cake) and tilting it a little until you get  a good view of both the top and sides of the cake. Go ahead and try it and don't be afraid to explore different angles (try it on all sorts of food!).  Be careful with the really big character cakes though. Shooting those at too low of an angle can distort the shape of the cake by making the part of cake closer to you really large and the furthest part pretty narrow. 

When trying different angles try not to stand so far back from the food (but also not too close where the flash can blow it out as I mentioned in my previous blog) that the details aren't that visible. If there's a worry that not all of what you want in the shot doesn't fit in the cropped square (that's used on the uploading image page) try using masking tape to make a square and place it lightly on the back of your camera (careful not to leave a big smudge). This will give you an idea of where the crop will be. You can make a hollow square out of paper to use as a cropping tool too. Using cropping tools like these have helped me out a ton in the past.

In my next blog I'll share some tips on composition.  If there's any questions on anything I have mentioned or in other areas of photography feel free to let me know. I'd be happy to answer. :)

Happy cooking and shooting!






 
Comments
Jan. 23, 2009 3:58 am
Lovin the photo tips!!!
 
Jan. 24, 2009 10:06 am
Thank you for the tips, keep them coming! I really enjoy reading them :)
 
Jan. 24, 2009 9:14 pm
I love the tip for the crop feature....I think I'll make a template to stick on my camera to remind me to to place my object more carefully! Too bad the crop feature isn't just an option! Thank-you for your tips...they are great!
 
EMMA37 
Feb. 4, 2009 6:00 pm
I enjoy taking pictures and I agree with trying for the natural lighting. Thanks for the tip on covering the flash with tissue/dryer sheet. Very helpful.
 
 
 
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About Me
Originally from Idaho, I moved to Seattle to pursue a photography career. After meeting a few chefs-in-training I became inspired to photograph food. I got lucky after graduating from school and landed a job shooting food for various clients. Photography aside, I don't do a whole lot of cooking since I live by myself. I try to bake for my boyfriend whenever he visits me (he lives in Boise still) and he cooks for me during his visits. He's trying to learn to cook vegetarian and I must say he's doing well considering he's Italian. :) I would like to start cooking more so I don't keep eating packaged food and not to mention to shoot food more on my free time.
My favorite things to cook
baked desserts
My favorite family cooking traditions
The women in my family get together and make candy for Christmas. Unfortunately, I don't get to participate anymore since I live away from them.
My cooking triumphs
I guess anything that's not only pretty, but edible.
My cooking tragedies
I tried making pierogies for Thanksgiving dinner in '08 and I didn't get the dough flat enough so in the end they were mostly soggy dough balls with bits of cheddar and sauerkraut. My dad was nice enough to eat a few. The rest were thrown in the trash.
 
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