This has been, without a doubt, the hardest area for me to improve. Which sucks because a food blog is by its nature extremely visual. I know I rarely click on recipe links if there is no picture attached. And I definitely don’t if the picture isn’t appealing.
But photography, and especially food photography, is tough.
I remember when I was a magazine editor, it took years before I could competently style a shot. I got pretty good though. Yet, styling food leaves me stumped. While practice, and studying both your pictures and good pictures will help you improve, you do need to know a thing or to about working a camera.
Up until recently I was taking all the pictures for the blog on my phone. And it showed. A standard digital camera (or worse yet, phone) has serious limitations. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t still take a good picture! Early on I invested in Minimalist Baker’s Food Photography E-course and it helped immensely. (Bonus, it’s only $20 bucks, and even my broke self could afford that.) They gave me styling and lighting tips I would never have thought of on my own – and I used to produce photoshoots for a living. Being behind the camera is a totally different thing. A big help is that their e-course has tips for people on a point and shoot and a DSLR. So once I got mine, there was (and um, still is) room to grow and learn in the course.
Here’s the difference.
With my iPhone:
With my Camera:
See how the colors are just brighter, and more accurate, and the picture crisper? Bother were taken at the same time of day, in the same spot in my apartment. With a little knowledge, a DSLR can do infinitely more than a point and shoot.
I still struggle with trying to find decent daylight in my not-so-sunny apartment, and short winter days are rough. Taking good quality pictures at night is very difficult, and it’s something I’m not tackling just yet. (The Food Photography E-course does cover this though if night shoots are your only option!)
Speaking of, here is the camera I am working with these days, A Canon Rebel T3,
with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens.
I love it a lot, and am basically retaking Minimalist Baker’s Food Photography E-course to learn how to use it.
Long story short, I’m not going to try to teach you something I don’t know much about – but I can point you in the direction of the best resources.