I am halfway through my photography course and excited to share what I’ve learned so far. In case you’re new here I signed up for a 6 week online food photography course through Social Fabric. The first week we introduced ourselves and discussed who inspires us. I talked a little bit about the in my first post but I would say Dine and Dish, Whipperberry, and The Pioneer Woman are the top three people I aspire to photograph like. I think their photographs are absolutely stunning with the dark background and vibrant colors.
In the second week we learned about lighting, which is probably the most crucial aspect of a photograph. A poorly lit photograph can be very unappealing. I’ve found it’s best to photograph next to a window with the light hitting the subject’s side. A white piece of paper or foam board is great at reflecting the light back onto the object, erasing any dark shadows. My assignment for week two was to photograph a simple item on a plan white piece of paper. The picture below was taking at almost 8pm. It’s not entirely bright but I did photograph it next to a window and used a white board to reflect the light onto the sprinkles.
Week three was all about the photo editing software Pixlr and photo styling. Some of the tools we learned about were sharpening, dodging, burning, and levels. Another important lesson is to have a well balanced photograph. Balance in a photo is achieved when colors, lines, and shapes are combined correctly. Learning how to style photos has been my favorite part about the course. I have always used scrapbook paper for the majority of my projects. I think the options are endless! If you look back at my pictures from this year you’ll see a “wood” background in a lot of them. I found these wood-like scrapbook pages at Hobby Lobby a couple months ago and really like how they look against food.But I’m starting to venture off and becoming comfortable using random objects around the house. Another favorite background of mine is kraft paper (you can find it at the dollar store).
Right now we’re learning about the rule of thirds and the technical terms in photography. I have to admit learning ISO, aperture, and shutter speed have always been difficult for me. I found that once I actually took the time to play around with my camera and adjust the settings, it’s pretty easy to understand.
Next we’re going to work on combining everything we have learned in the course. I’m excited to put it all together and improve my food photography skills. I will update you again at the end of the course and tell you everything I’ve learned.