I'm in Love with.....Great Photography

November 20, 2013

I thought I'd share with you today some of the resources I've found for creating and inspiring great photography.  I'm learning more and more how important great pictures are to a blog.  I realized that on Pinterest I was drawn more to photographs with natural lighting, interesting staging, and clear, sharp subjects (as I'm sure most of you are, whether you realize it or not).  I also tend to pin more pictures that have titles printed on them with interesting fonts. 

I've been learning by experience about taking better pictures and feel like I have improved.

I've learned the importance of using natural lighting (and not using a flash).
I've learned the importance of using a tripod and remote control.
I've seen the improvement in my photos after switching from a point-and-shoot camera to a DSLR camera.
I've learned that staging makes a picture more interesting and inviting.
I've learned that Photoshop and the right actions can improve your photos even more.

But, I think I've now come across the greatest find of all to help me in learning about photography.......

Tasty Food Photography E-Book

I recently came across a pin for useful household items to use for food photography from Pinch of Yum.....

 via Pinch of Yum
via Pinch of Yum

That led to a post about 5 Time Saving Tricks for Food Photography.....

via Pinch of Yum

And then I saw that the blogger, Lindsay, is selling a Food Photography e-book.  Without a second thought, I had to have this book and I have not regretted it.  Even though I am not a food blog, I do put recipes on here and would love to have my pictures be more appealing.  But what I found after I purchased this book is that the tips can be applied to shooting pictures of products or shooting pictures of your home, too.  Plus, there is a section about using photo editing software to improve your photos even more.  So, after one reading (well, more skimming) of this book, I feel so much more confident in my skills.

This was my first food post months ago for macaroni salad.  The picture isn't horrible (after I had edited the white balance) but the coloring is slightly off because I took it in the dark kitchen with the overhead light on.  It is cropped very close.  The picture is also a little weird because I put the salad in a clear bowl which makes it look like the salad is just sitting on the cutting board rather in a bowl.

This picture is from last week after I read the book for my Pumpkin French Toast....The only editing that I did was to enhance the white balance of the picture.  The picture is staged and I love how your eye focuses on the plate of French Toast, but then continues through the picture back to the other plate.  It makes you feel like you could be at my table eating French Toast.  Better, right?

If you'd like more information about the book, please click on the picture below.  You'll love it!

Tasty Food Photography eBook.

Collection of Amazing Photos
I also found a tumblr page that has an AMAZING collection of photography on it ..... lots of food and home pictures all organized by color (love that!).  She also has a Pinterest page (There's a link at the top of the page) where things are a bit more organized by what the photograph is of.  If you need any sort of inspiration for something to do with your home, what to make for supper, what to do a blog post about, this site will inspire you.  Most of the pictures are linked to the blog post.

And if you weren't already aware, Craft Gawker, Dwelling Gawker, and Food Gawker have amazing collections of great projects, recipes, and, well, photos.  They are extremely picky when it comes to the pictures they publish (much to the dismay of all of us bloggers who keep trying to get accepted on the site....I've been lucky enough to see my Kitchen Clipboard Chalkboard and Chicken and Stuffing Bake accepted, but it is not easy!)

My Favorite Blogs with Great Photography
There are some blogs that inspire me constantly with how they shoot their photos.  Even if I don't necessarily like the food they are preparing or the project they're creating, I'm inspired by their skills with a camera.  (Clicking on the pictures below with take you to each individual blog.)

Love Grows Wild

Jenny Steffens Hobick

Lia Griffith

City Farmhouse

Oliver and Rust

Ella Claire Inspired

Yellow Bliss Road

Don't those pictures make you want to try whatever it is that they're making?!?!!?

Well, is that enough talk of photography for you today???  I apologize for kind of being all over the place with this post today, but I hope you are as inspired as I am!

In case you missed my previous posts, these are the other I'm in Love with.....posts!

I'm in Love with....a new Kindle Book

I'm in Love with....Leaf Lettuce
I'm In Love With....Leaf Lettuce

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