6 Food Photography Tips

Whether professional chef or amateur “Cake Boss”, all cooks of varying “degrees” enjoy sharing photos of their prize winning dishes with others. While these dishes may be downright mouthwatering our shots oftentimes come out looking anything but appetizing. Here are six tips to turn your next culinary photo spread into a delicious work of art!

Food Photography Tip #1

Use Natural Lighting – Shooting under natural lighting conditions makes for a superior and less frustrating experience. Experiment with different times of the day, distance from the window, curtains for light diffusing effects, etc. Last but not least, avoid using flash. Flash has a bad habit of turning “succulent” into “slimy” in a nanosecond.

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Top Ten Tips for Shooting High School Senior Portraits

Senior Portrait Photography

High School Seniors have HUGE expectations

They want to look stunning (read: like a model), they want a fresh and trendy portrait, and they want their friends to be envious of their photos. And maybe one or two of them has an attitude problem. Scared yet?

Senior Portrait Photography

The good news about teens…

You don’t have to bribe them, chase them, or put something on your head to make them look at the camera. So, they aren’t your most difficult client you will ever have (Hint: Toddlers will probably be yours. See our tips on how to photograph children).

In fact, Seniors really are great models when you want to practice great portrait techniques. Continue reading “Top Ten Tips for Shooting High School Senior Portraits”

Understanding Aperture: the Key to Being Artistic

f/5.6 Aperture Example
f/5.6 Aperture Example
f/5.6 Aperture Example / Photo by Rachael Olson

People often ask me how to get a blurry background. Something about a blurry background makes people think “professional”.

First, if you want to sound cool, call it bokeh (pronounced: boke-uh), which means “haze” or “blur” in Japanese.

Next, you need to understand depth of field. This way, you don’t let in just enough light, but instead you control depth of field to achieve what you want artistically. Continue reading “Understanding Aperture: the Key to Being Artistic”