Experimenting with Photography

21 Jun

Hello!

Today we bring you something a little different, some behind the scenes action if you will.  Today we would like to talk about photography. Yup, this is a blog afterall, and we like our pictures. We believe that our presentation of our baked goods is (almost) as important as our actual baked goods. We want you to want to make them.We also want to do justice to the recipes we have adapted our baking from.

And by NO means do we have the knowledge/experience/training to be discussing professional photography but we are learning some things along the way.

For example, I took the below photo last Friday morning.

By looking at our most recent post you may also be able to tell we have stumbled across the “Aha” moment when we discovered morning light. What a difference morning light makes! It was a very exciting moment indeed. You can tell what a difference morning light makes when you compare out Peanut Butter photos to our granola bar photos (which were made and photographed in the evening).

From reading other food blogs we have also discovered the Light Box tool. We spent an afternoon making a very, very basic version of a light box.

Our experiments with the light box went something like this:

Along with learning about lighting and the light box we also discovered editing (a bit anyway).

We took some old pictures and practiced some editing skills by playing around with colours, cropping, and some fun techniques like blurring the edges (my favourite!).

A few photos I took a little less then a year ago that I was very proud at of the time, before I had discovered even cropping.

I still think these photos are nice (completely untouched). It was all about trying new angles and trying to be a little “artistic” and different with my shots. I was striving to capture the simple things in a new light, like a few euros and some bean burgers.

But after we started the blog a whole new world of photography opened up to us!

Simple flowers and muffins turned into pieces of art and display. A moody, cloudy, and raining afternoon turned into the perfect setting.

There is definitely room for improvement with our photography and baking (we still use a free, very basic, editing system) and a lot of our shots are hit or miss (and most of our shots using the light box are definitely a miss!). But along with providing some great and fun experiments in the kitchen we hope to provide you with some beautiful pictures as well!

If you have any suggestions on how we can improve (with either baking or photography) please share! What editing systems are worthwhile to purchase? Also, do you think it is important for a food blog to spend time and emphasize photography and display?

(We do realize not everyone has the time/money/patience/interest to spend time on photographing and that’s perfectly okay! It is simply an interest of ours).

Thanks for reading!

Until Next Time,

Laura and Denise

 

 

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5 Responses to “Experimenting with Photography”

  1. Ralph June 21, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

    Good job ladies. The pictures are awesome. As you know in food preparation presentation is paramount, learning how to present your foods in an appealing fashion is extremely important. Your improved photography skills will be invaluable.

  2. Petrified Pete June 22, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    Hmm quite interesting…

  3. Laura June 24, 2012 at 11:41 pm #

    The photography is definitely an important aspect. The way you have portrayed your creations make them even more captivating, particularly for people who eat with their eyes such as myself. I can’t wait to try out some of these recipes.
    I especially like how the photos above capture so much detail, yet seem so simplistic.
    Great job!

    • bakingwithbite June 26, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

      “for people who eat with their eyes”–>such a good way to put that. Very poetic Laura 😉

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