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Food Photography Adventure Series - Introduction
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Food Photography Adventure Series      -      Introduction

My forays into food photography have captured my attention these days!

What in the world is a natural food and cooking guru doing in the Entertainment and Photography category? Good question! You see, I write a food and cooking blog and several months ago I decided to do my best to take my own photos instead of relying on other options. So I got out my handy dandy Nikon Coolpix S360 and started shooting away.

It didn't take long before I started looking for all sorts of ways to improve my shots. For instance, how can I manage a photo of carrots that don't look pukey yellow? How do I take a picture of a blueberry-raspberry summer pie that isn't washed out by the flash? How do I shoot a picture of me supreming a grapefruit holding the knife in one hand and pushing the camera button with the other? (Well I did manage to do just that!) How do I avoid photos of beautiful ceramic serving bowls with delectable soup in them that don't also include a reflection of me holding my camera on the side of the bowl?

See what I mean? I had a severe reality check. I was definitely not even up to the level one would label as "amateur photographer!" I hadn't realized that food photography was not necessarily a take-a-quick-pic-and-post-it affair. Food is more persnickity, more demanding, more in need of cosmetics and utter devotion than the highest paid runway model!

That didn't stop me! I marched myself right out to Barnes & Nobles and got myself a book about food photography called, "Food Styling & Photography for Dummies." I did this despite the fact that I do not agree I am a "dummy" of any sort and have totally avoided such "dummy-themed" books up to now. I glanced through and this one looked like it might have something useful so I bought it.

I opened it up and started reading. Uh oh! It says, "Sorry, penny-pinchers, you can't use point-and-shoot cameras." Okay. This book is for people who want to be professional food photographers. And yes, my husband and I are looking to buy an SLR in a mid-ranged price but we haven't done that yet.

So I'm just forging ahead! Me, my Coolpix and my Dummy book. And actually, I have not read a lot in my Dummy book yet. But I have come up with quite a few little tricks and methods which have improved my food photography quite a bit and have helped to personalize my blog.

I'll be sharing these, knowing there are literally thousands of food bloggers like me out there who are likely running into the same kinds of problems I have had to resolve. And for the rest of you who are probably way better photographers than I, may the series be entertaining and perhaps you'll throw me a tip or two in your comments.


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