Thursday, 21 February 2013
finding subject and style
I am so over-excited to be back food blogging again! This time, I want to take my time, and be easy on what will be coming.
When I got home today, I actually thought practising a little bit. SO after reading this post for the nth time, I found the motivation to move and set-up my own place where I could properly take photos of my food. It took me 20-minutes more or less to do this and in under 10 minutes to create a mess.
I was feeling really excited and have this done, to be honest. And it felt like I've robbed my own room with crap and whatever I could find to make this damn thing work.
And it did.
I like grainy photos.
So I add filters to my photos. Depending on how I want to edit them and how visible I want them to be. In this batch, I added 10% noise. For some reason I feel the urge to add more, but in this case I felt confident on what I did.
I also tend to edit my photos differently. I am not pretty consistent on this matter as I am still exploring and hopefully, I won't be exploring forever!
I have no artificial light.
Ever since my interest to photographing food begun, I've been having a hard time working on artificial lights - i.e. lamps and whatnot. So I use whatever light I could get from the window in my room. In my previous place, I take photos on their couch using only a side window for light. I also find it amazing to take photos around 3pm and 4pm.
Now, I learned few things upon reading up photographers blogging about food photography. Some I find too overwhelming for me, some are just pretty simple and straight forward. In the photo above, I have positioned an improvised "reflector" in different positions. Those definitely different photos that I edited at the same time. With this, I am able to play with light and get the result I aiming for.
No fancy equips.
When I got here in Brisbane, I have no other than myself. I had no phone [It can happen] nor a camera. I bought my camera on Ebay for $120 - it's a Canon 300D w/ a defective battery and no SF Card. I bought a SF Card right away after purchasing but I worked on my defective battery that dies whenever it wants, around 5 months or maybe more. Then I managed to save-up and bought two extra ones, though I still keep the old one. I do own a tripod that I brought from home which is really helpful since my hands are in exaggeration, shaky.
And yes, I am totally happy with that set-up. I think I will be okay taking photos at home. Well now, I am in dire need of practising photographing movements and outdoor (cafes, bars, coffee etc.).
It's always important to know what result you want to get. I am also working on this as I tend to be fickle with things. I hope to be posting recipes soon as I am planning to make a cake this day off + bring home some cakes from school :)
On the photo above is an Almond Bar I bought today at the suupermarket. HAHA.