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Staging your food photos 
Oct. 22, 2012 8:32 am 
Updated: Oct. 23, 2012 6:38 pm
I like to cook. There are somethings I am pretty good at. Some of the tastiest dishes I make aren't always the prettiest. I want to share pictures of my dishes for my blog as well as part of being a brand ambassador, but I have a problem.  I have no imagination when it comes to "staging" a photo. I look at everyone elses pictures and they look professional!  The are perfect.  The look delicious and I wanna taste them!!

**To make myself feel better I will say I just got a better quality camera, I'd been trying to use the camera built into the laptop for a long while. So my pictures already look better! **

I never can think of "props" to use, and I am so upset my dishes are so bland. I'm contemplating going out to buy a dish or bowl or two just for my photos. I made a dish yesterday and I must have taken over 20 pictures. I was not satisfied with one of them. They all look so ordinary so blah. I feel it doesn't do my cooking ego much good when I am feeling like everyone's judging my skill by a picture that is so un-noteworthy.  

** I will also make the statement that a lot of the pictures I am posting are of dishes I have never made before. I'm not always certain of the end results of a recipe and sometimes even I am surprised on how it came out looking** 

I just wonder for those of you out there that take such beautiful pictures, how many pictures do you take before you find the "perfect" one?
Oct. 22, 2012 8:43 am
Sometimes 20+ , other times 5. It just depends. I often forget the garnishes and then kick myself. Personally, I like the white plates with bright garnish, unless the food is white then I am hunting down a different color. Good lighting is more of an issue for me.
Oct. 22, 2012 9:19 am
I'm like you Cook and a half, I want to take pictures like I see here. I've taken 20+ too just to get one shot that looks good. Whenever I go to thrift stores I look for neat little dishes so I can have a least one thing working for me. Lightening is a pill for me too. I was hoping one of the ambassadors would do a blog about taking better pictures and if they have, I missed it darn it!
Oct. 22, 2012 6:00 pm
I hadn't thought about going to the second hand stores to look for interesting dishes. I am definitely going to check them out. I'm gonna have to work on it if I want to keep up with everyone else. I know its more for personal satisfaction than anything, but I would like to hear just once.. Wow, what an awesome pic!
Oct. 22, 2012 6:34 pm
Yep, And Some Places To Go Would Be Dollar Tree, And All The Other Dollar Stores They Always Have Decorations That Will Not Break The Bank.
Oct. 23, 2012 7:14 am
Cook and a half-I like you sometimes just can't get a great photo. I do think natural light is great. Some people have great photos that are taken outside on their patio. I am sure taking a lot of photos you will get some great photos.
Oct. 23, 2012 6:38 pm
Hey, I wouldn't stress it. I typically take 5-10. Less or more depending on the light. I admit, I have a mix of mismatched dishes and towels I have purchased just for food photos. Off season you can get them pretty cheap at home good stores. A descent didgital camera is all you need. Obviously, the pictures are going to look more professional with a very expensive camera. However, buy what you can afford. I plan to buy one one day, just not now. Allrecipes used to have tips on their site. Some were the food photo props towels, nice dishes, and garnishes. Take the picture near natural light and take a handful of photos from different angles. Don't be afraid to zoom in and one lady told me once to crop which also works well. Hope that helps.
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