Saturday, October 12, 2013

Food Photo Challenge

It's been a crazy week, and an even crazier day, but I don't want to miss out on this month's photo challenge for food photography, which I've been experimenting with for a while now. I thought it would be easy, seeing as how food sits still, and you can take your time setting everything up. Boy, did/do I have a lot to learn! You can read about my first experience here, where I learned that light is everything. As I kept trying, though, my photos improved, thank goodness! If you want to take a look at my progress, just click on the link for Recipes and Food in the Posts By Subject list on the right.

I've found that natural light works best for me. In my kitchen, it's in the afternoon that the sun streams through the windows over my sink. That means that the light is hitting my food subjects from the side, which makes for a nice photo. I've also learned to use the tripod to make sure that my photos aren't blurry. As for camera settings, I use "auto without flash" or aperture priority for pretty food shots.

Here are a few of my favorites.

This is my homemade pepper jelly over cream cheese. I snapped this one at my sister's house, without a tripod or natural light!

My friend Ginny retired from a 30-year career as a middle school teacher last June. We had a nice celebration on my screen porch. It was fun to use my mother's china and crystal. As for the food, I don't think there's anything much prettier than a bowl of peaches.

We love rhubarb pie! You can find the recipe here.

Christmas goodies, up close.

Thanks to Donna for hosting this challenge each month. You can join the fun by clicking here for the link to the Personal Photo Challenge website.


  1. I'm so glad that you decided to jump in on this one! Yes, it's not as easy as it looks. I can attest to that! I really like the perspectives of each one of these. I really like how you positioned the flatware on an angle for the photo with peaches. That gives visual interest! And posing the fork with a bite, in front of the rhubarb pie was a smart choice. I even noticed that handsome jar of syrup on your sidebar, with beautiful light shining through it. It all looks delicitous! Yes, it is truly all about the light and the quality of light. I almost always brighten up my images with editing and that really makes colors pop!

    Thanks for participating and I hope you can join in on the next one too!

  2. Your staging and angles have inspired me to rethink my photos, and as Donna suggested to me, to bring out the macro lens for food. I like the first photo, and red pepper jelly on pretty much anything.

  3. I'm ready to dig IN!!!Hahaa....These all look Yummy....Love the color...
    Well done!

  4. Wow, they are all so good!
    But the pepper jelly photo is my favorite.

  5. Visting from the food photo challenge and I have to say I think I want to eat that whole bowl of peaches!! YUM!

  6. Mmmm...rhubarb pie is a favorite of mine too :) Looking at all this food has made me hungry! Have a blessed week. Hugs!

  7. That first one is my all time favorite... The light is beautiful and the photography is crisp. I could reach out with my little knife and slather up one of those crackers so fast!

  8. Mmm. I'm with Vee on this one - that first photo is stunning. Crisp, clear and great composition. And I do love pepper jelly.


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