Plate to Pixel Part VI: Hard Light vs. Soft Light

August 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

Lighting is sort of my scary topic when it comes to taking photos of my food, so I’m going to be taking this part of the Plate to Pixel series nice and slow! I’m only just beginning to actually understand how it works. When I first started shooting, I thought all light was good. The brighter the better, right? Hmmm… so very wrong. Photos taken right next to the window on a bright sunny day would feel weird, but…

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Plate to Pixel: Focal Length & Perspective

July 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

You guys are in for such a treat today! My friends Lainey and Ben, owners of Bluerock Design, a Boston based graphic design and photography studio, have put together today’s Plate to Pixel post. Ben, an actual professional photographer (unlike me!), is walking us through the world of focal length and perspective. Ever wondered what all those numbers on lenses actually mean? I have, and today…

Plate to Pixel Part IV: Developing Your Food Photography Style

July 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

Today I thought I’d take a break from food photography and talk more about food styling. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again-I am by no means an expert or professional when it comes to food photography or styling, but in my 2+ years of blogging I’ve picked up a few things and watched how my photos have not only improved, but really transformed to define my style as a blogger and food blogger.

There are so many food blogs out there and it can be really hard to differentiate one’s self. But I have found that…

Plate to Pixel Part III: ISO

June 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

For today’s Plate to Pixel post, we’re talkin’ ISO. To be perfectly honest, I’ve been staring at those letters on the screen of my camera for over a year now and had no idea what they meant until, oh, yesterday. So here’s the breakdown: ISO indicates how sensitive a film is to light. Low numbers make it less sensitive and produce a crisper image, while higher numbers make it more sensitive and produce a grainier image with more “noise.” Noise is not always a bad thing though…

Plate to Pixel Part II: White Balance

June 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’m excited to kick off the second installment of the Plate to Pixel Series I started last week on CC! I know Wednesdays are normally devoted to Biz Notes posts, but for the next few weeks I’ll be alternating between food photography and business posts each Wednesday.

Now that we have that scheduling information squared away, let’s talk white balance. White balance is something I’m really excited to better understand when it comes to food photography. The white balance settings on your dSLR allow you to accomodate the changes in lighting conditions throughout the day, for everything from daylight conditions, to cloudy, low light, fluorescent, and more…

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