I get a lot of questions about my photography on this blog so I thought I’d take this opportunity to share with you my process and some of my tips and tricks. I’ll start off by saying that I’m NOT a photographer. I’ve never taken a class nor have I read Photography for Dummies. Everything I do is intuitive and it’s a miracle my pictures are decent. I hope to someday take a course so I can improve. This is just a roundup of my current method.
1. I use an SLR camera, which immediately improved the quality of my pictures. The Husband was sweet enough to get me the Canon Rebel T1i for Christmas last year and it’s my most useful gift to date. I have a standard lens and a zoom lens, which I play around with a lot, especially when I’m taking food photos.
2. Natural light is my best friend forever. I couldn’t take a decent night picture if my life depended on it and I’m dreading winter and the short days. If I’m photographing food in the kitchen, I make sure all the lights are off and there’s only natural light coming through the windows. If it’s too dark, I take the food outside on my patio to shoot. This rule goes for any other shots I take. We have recessed lighting throughout our house, so I always turn the lights off to avoid an annoying glare.
3. I don’t use flash. I’ve never taken a good photo using flash so I avoid it at all costs.
4. I take approximately 140 pictures in one sitting and pray that at least one is useful. This is usually the time the Husband threatens divorce as he’s forced to watch me take shot after shot while his food gets cold. Or when we’re out in public and he’s dying of embarrassment while I endlessly photograph a mimosa!
5. I edit the hell out of my photos. I start off by tweaking the exposure/contrast/shadows/saturation/sharpness on my Mac. I also do a lot of cropping, which can turn an okay shot into a great one. It’s amazing how powerful cropping can be. Then I upload onto Picnik, which is a free online editing tool that has a million options I like to play around with. Most recently, I’ve been obsessed with the duo-tone function — the effects of which you can see in some of my latest photos.
And that’s all there is to it. To be honest, this is all so time consuming and some days I just want to lie down and take a nap. But then I think about your amazing compliments and I push on. Thank you sweet peas!