Food Photography Course — night 5 of 30

Tonight’s lesson is about framing inside of the camera. This is not really a new concept, I always do this. Rarely do I crop during PP unless I just couldn’t get close while shooting. What I liked about this assignment though was the chance to not care so much about what the food was and really focus on the layout of the photo.

cameraLinz | framing

It was nice to think about the composition objectively. Not worry about making the food look good to show off a recipe, but to just think about how this bowl of cereal could look its best. Maybe that sounds silly now that I see it written out. But the process in my head felt different.

cameraLinz | cereal 2

It helps too that I’m not worried about my dinner getting cold while I try to get a good photo!

Food Photography Course – night 4 of 30

Tonight’s lesson — Depth of Field

cameraLinz | depth of field study

Although the next shot doesn’t represent DOF per se, I thought it looked, ya know, good enough to eat!

cameraLinz | brownies

This brownie recipe came out of a Star Wars cookbook and I have to thank my (now) 13 year old for baking them up the first time – when he was just 11. Now its my go-to brownie! I’ll share my spin on the recipe soon.

Food Photography Course – night 3 of 30

I signed up for an online food photography course on LearnFoodPhotography.com. I tried to do it once over the summer but fell behind right off the bat. I’m determined to finish it this time!

Today is technically day three of the course but its the first day of shooting. Day one we studied some famous food photogs. Day two we decided what our subject would be throughout the 30 days. I decided that using produce would be my best bet. Having to make a meal and shoot it tends to get hectic every evening. Keep it simple, keep it simple… So for day three we are studying different camera angles — the 0 – 15° range, the 45°, and the 90°. I realized that shooting at 45° comes most naturally to me, though its my least favorite result.

45° —

cameraLinz | oranges at 45°

90° —

cameraLinz | oranges at 90°

straight on —

cameraLinz | oranges straight on

I think the straight on was my favorite this time around.

Also, I white balanced these using my Kelvin setting. For the first time ever. Little to no PP involved. I like it, definitely something worth practicing more!

Pumpkin Bread

Oh hello there, fall. I’d like to welcome you into our home by making this pumpkin bread that just doesn’t taste as good any other time of year…

Pumpkin Bread :: cameraLinz

I received this recipe from a friend a few years ago. I’ve made it countless times for my family and for holiday gifts. It is always a big hit! One year for my middle son’s birthday he wanted these muffins (or cupcakes if you put cream cheese frosting on top, oh don’t even get me started on how good those are!).

Get ready to really feed a crowd or freeze some because this recipe makes a LOT!

pumpkin bread :: cameraLinz

Pumpkin Quick Bread

Ingredients:

15 oz can of pumpkin puree
3 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 cup apple sauce (or vegetable oil)
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup water
3 1/3 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp ground cloves
1 Tbsp cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°.

Stir together the wet ingredients (pumpkin – water).
Sift dry ingredients together.
Add dry ingredients to the wet, stir until moist. Batter will be a little lumpy.

Grease 1 loaf pan & 1 9×13 pan (or 2 loaf pans & 12 muffin cups). Fill about half full.

Bake about 55 minutes. Times vary per pan though — the 9×13 will take about 55 minutes, the muffins would take about 10 minutes less.

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