Fun with Food Photography

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I am having so much fun playing with food photography!  Can you believe that the picture above is one that I actually took?!  I went to the Food Photography workshop at FNCE yesterday, and I learned a ton of great information.  The workshop was instructed by Janet Helm and Regan Jones of Healthy Aperture, Liz Weiss from the Meal Makeover Moms, and Melina Hammer, a professional food photographer.  

Some of the main take-a-ways that I got from this workshop are:

– I really need to step up the quality of my pictures!  We went over some common mistakes, and I am guilty of almost all of them… yikes!  

– There are some great apps that can help to create wonderful pictures

▪                Instagram

▪                Diptic

▪                PicMonkey

– It is important to know what exactly you are trying to portray.  The photographs tell a story, so you need to make sure that you are capturing the entire story.  

– Use natural light when taking food pictures

We were able to practice taking pictures in 3 different settings.  Below are some of the not-so-great shots followed by my favorites of the day.

This is the 1st not-so-great shot for various reasons… the carpet is showing, the picture is shot diagonally, and it is not primarily focused on the food.

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This one is a much better shot because it captures the food…

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 This one is a disaster 🙂  You can’t even tell what the food is because there is so much going on in the background.

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Much better… but, it could still be even closer.

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Even though this picture was not good at all, I was able to save it with the right software!

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I ended up cropping the picture, rotating it and then used the app AfterFocus to help with the lovely blurred out effect.  I am so excited that I found this app, because I was worried that I was going to need to buy an expensive camera to be able to create that effect.  

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I also learned how to add words to pictures!  Here is the 1st jalapeño growing from my garden this year.  PicMonkey lets you add text to pics.

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What are some of your experiences with food photography?

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