is currently my nemesis, but I’m working on it. I have always adored beautiful food photos, and I am determined to master both my camera (a Nikon D40x) and my photo editor (Photoshop CS4) in the coming months. I have to at least try to do justice to all the gorgeous food we’re making!
All of the images on our blog are our own (with the exception of the restaurant photographs) and I am proud to say that my photography has come a long way. We’ve tried various methods of setting up proper lighting, which is ultra-important, and plating (also ultra-important) as well as timing! The food only stays piping hot for so long, and it’s often a challenge - can I wait to eat it to photograph it? The struggles of a novice, I’m sure.
Of all the resources I’ve scoured, none have helped as much as Jugalbandi. It’s a lifestyle blog with a really well-developed photography section, and they offer many tips and shortcuts for food photography. I am inspired by their hands-on, do-it-yourself approach because I am impatient and like to get things done right… now!
Dan and I even followed their helpful advice on making a make-shift food photography studio. The Do It Center provided the $30-worth of material needed, and it was a really fun project to do together. In the end, it is just not convenient for me to take the food out to the garage and use the poor little lights, especially when I learned how easy it is to manipulate light levels in Photoshop. Now I just plop the plate onto our dining room table and shoot away, adjusting for bad lighting later — yet another Jugalbandi tip.
Anyways, this may just be an apology/excuse-filled rant for my current sub-par photos, and a forecast of much better photos to come. I hope you all stick around to see them.