Blog photosPosted: November 15, 2011
This was my (delicious) dinner last night:
Wait, let me zoom out a little further…
And just a little further again…
(Usually one of them is a lot closer to my plate, trying to steal a bite.)
I take a lot of photos when I am working on a blog post. I am super critical of my own photography and like to have a wide selection to choose from. Needless to say, having to shoot indoors, in artificial lighting kills me. But, when you have a full-time job and a part-time job (neither of these are blogging) away from home, you don’t have a lot of opportunity to shoot outside. Actually, I don’t even see a window to the outside world until I leave work. By the time I get home and make dinner, the sun has been gone for hours, so I have to work with what I have (which is two cheap ‘studio’ lights).
I could invest much more in my blog photography and use much better equipment and spend a lot more time creating a ‘perfect’ photo, but to be honest, unless I’m going to start generating revenue, that’s not going to happen. So, for now, I’m stuck fighting florescent lighting and shadows.
I typically use my Canon Rebel T1i to take the majority of the photos for my blog. Sometimes I use my Droid camera, and rarely, I use my (very heavy) Nikon D90. I have to say though- for a DSLR, the Canon Rebel is an excellent investment. When I have the time (to really care about perfect quality) I use the Manual/Aperture setting so that I can experiment with various ranges of depth of field. But, to be honest, I often use the auto (no flash) setting, and come out with a decent quality image.
After I take the photos, that‘s where the work really begins. I edit my photos using Photoshop. I was really surprised to learn that very few bloggers use Photoshop! It’s just what I’ve always used, and it’s what I know (and what I teach for a living!). I know that there’s a lot of free software out there that can give you almost the same outcome, but I stick with my trusty Photoshop- it really can do wonders for a sub-par photo.
For example, here’s an original (unedited) image from last night:
When I look at it, I see that the composition needs to be cropped tighter, there is a grayish/yellow tone overall, the exposure is uneven (it’s lighter in some areas and darker in others) and then there’s those darn shadows. There’s also a few crumbs near the bottom of the fork that are distracting.
With a little Photoshop magic, voila!
It’s definitely nowhere near perfect, but it will do.
I think I took about 20 photos last night, here are some of the others that I edited.
The depth of field is too shallow here (focuses on the foreground, making the salad slightly out of focus).
And by the way, the salad was AWESOME. I made chickpea cutlets again and put them on top of a bed of romaine, spinach and arugala, topped with apples, goat cheese and toasted pieces of Dakota bread (a la Kath). That’s roasted carnival squash (with sea salt + cinnamon) on the side- which is sooo delicious.
Sorry to bore some of you with the photo talk, but I just wanted to let you know where I’m coming from.
Have a great Tuesday!
Those of you that have blogs- how much thought do you put into the photos that you take? Do you find blogs that are photo heavy (or have more attractive photographs) more interesting to read?