Photo background and foreground

Have you wanted to do some food photography?  Here are a few things to watch for when you take your images.

Keep it simple but also watch your backgrounds. Add some props but watch how different props add or take away from your image.

I will go through and explain a bit about what I did with each image below and what aspects of the image, in my opinion work and which items should not be there and how to best remedy that.

 

So going out to the garden to pick some fresh berries and kale.  I just plopped them in a bowl and they actually look pretty good I think. You can tell what they are without an explanation and they look very fresh. This image was taken without a flash and in natural light.

Now this image the flash was turned on, and it looks to blown-out (way to much light) and the berries and the kale do not look the natural color at all.

 

Here moving to a different location and changing the way the berries are placed in the bowl does work better but in this image the lighting just makes the salad look flat.

So again here is something to really watch for. Look at the surroundings when you are taking your image.  Sometimes having things in the background that complement your subject are fine but in this case I feel that the other bowl, the Kale stalks, the package and the electronic device just take your eye away from the main subject of the bowl of salad.

Now here is a common issue, you are taking a photo of a subject and you get this nasty shadow.  Really watch this as sometimes you do not see the shadow as you are taking the image.  Review your image and re-take the shot. Just moving left, right or even changing the angle the camera is facing your subject will put the shadow in a place that it will not effect the shot.

Ok so here we are getting better.  The issue I have here is that my eye goes to the ends of the strawberries where the greens have been pulled away and it is just not eye appealing.

Here I turned all the berries and you only see the nice side of these beautiful fresh strawberries.

I think it is really beginning to look more appetizing.

Again showing that using the flash only makes it look bland and the colors flat.

 

So another option is to add some more contrast.  Here I added some blueberries and I really copped tight to draw they viewers eye in deeper to the image.

Here by adding a dollop of yogurt and add a kale sprig gives the viewer the story it being a tasty salad.

With the addition of the fork, makes this salad look ready to eat.

 

So it is amazing that by just simply changing a few aspects of your dish gives a different impression and tells a bit of a different story.

So for the  many people that like to do food photography, whether for a blog of a recipe site.  Here are a few things that you can watch for and that will help you to make the images look tasty and tell your story.

Please leave a comment below and if you have any questions regarding this type of photography feel free to leave your comments below and I help you.

 

 

 




Helpful Photography DIY accessories

What is the use of a flash diffuser? And how can I make one.

A flash diffuser, as it describes, defuses the light. In other words it softens the light that is sent from your flash to your subject.

This is going to sound odd but, one thing that I used for many years when I first started using flash in my photography, was to cover the flash with a piece of tissue held on with an elastic band. 

You can also use a piece of white copy paper cut to size and taped over the pop up flash.

Another option I learned about making a flash diffuser was to cut a piece of plastic from a plastic milk jug and form it around to flash.

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Being creative using a slow shutter speed

By slowing down your shutter speed and adding movement, you can create some amazing and       abstract images

A slow shutter speed can create the illusion of movement.

When you experiment with some of the different shutter speeds from fast to slow you open the door to an unlimited variations on creative expression in your images.

By changing shutter speeds when shooting the same view can give you an array of variety that you may not have imagined before in an scene.

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Camera Buttons and Dials

Different settings and buttons, what do they do?

So with the variety of different digital camera models and brands on the market the basics are the same just where the buttons are, and the menus are, differs. We are going to take a look at a Nikon d5300 just to give you a better idea of what does what.

Below we will work on helping you to better understand your camera

So let’s start on the top of the camera there you will see the buttons generally used most often and ones that you wish to have at easier access.

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My photos are not sharp, Why?

This is a question I was asked a while ago.  I spoke with a lady that just recently received a new SLR camera (Single lens reflex) one that you can change your lenses and has many options.

Well she went on a holiday, took many photos and once she was home and looked at them on the computer screen she was a bit disappointed as what she thought she captured clearly was actually out of focus. Her subject, which generally was a family member, was in a hazy focus in most of her images. This can be a bit disheartening when your excited to be using a BIG camera for holiday photos.

So let’s look at this a bit more and why this can happen.

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Beginner photography gear – what to start with

To start out you need some basic beginner photography gear

Starting with the camera, one that fits your budget and has the features you can understand and features you can grow into. You do not necessarily need to purchase a new camera.  There are many good site and shops that you can purchase a well taken care of used or refurbished camera.  This is what I did when I started out.

A sturdy tripod, one that is not to heavy, yet stable enough to hold your camera steady in varied terrains. One that is easy and fairly quick to set the legs out. The  one on the left is a compact easy traveler yet sturdy and the one on the right is a heavier and larger style tripod. Continue reading “Beginner photography gear – what to start with”

How to use the camera with a tripod – stable camera helps to achieve sharper images

How to use camera with tripod

Tripod use sounds pretty simple but there are a few important things that you should take into consideration when using one. To start, how to use the camera with a tripod so that it stays stable and safe. Your camera is generally worth considerably more money than the tripod so you want to make sure it is very stable.

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