Because I’m currently sitting in the cell phone waiting lot of the San Francisco Airport and the time is 12:56 am and because I’ve gotten many requests for a post on this subject, here is the very first ELR photography post!
Please be warned that I really know absolutely nothing on photography whatsoever. I’ve never taken a class or read a manual….everything I know (or, pretend I know), I’ve just learned by trial and error. I got my first dslr camera last October and have had a blast playing with it so far. I love photography as an art form and food photography makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. You definitely do not need a super expensive fancy camera though to take good photos. I shot with a tiny red Canon Powershot for years and loved it. As Almanzo would say, it’s not the camera (or the lens!), it’s the photographer.
A bunch of you all seemed interested though in how I’ve been getting the shots I’ve getting (like the above photo) and I’ve been getting quite a few emails asking what lens I’m using and what setting I have my camera on. To get these kinds of close-up photos with a blurry background, you really need a macro lens. I just bought a Tamron 60mm macro a week ago and LOVE it. It was definitely an investment, but for what I do it makes sense.
With a macro lens, you can get photos like this:
All these photos were shot with my 60mm macro, in manual mode with a very low aperture and a fast shutter speed. If what I just said makes absolutely no sense and you would rather just go eat a cookie, go ahead.
Now when I say I’m using a “low aperture” that simply just means I’m letting more light into camera. If I’m shooting in a low light area (like my kitchen), I usually keep my aperture set really low so I can get a really good close-up shot of the food I want to photograph as well as a good depth of field (blurry background). If I’m outside and it’s bright sunny daylight out, I’ll raise my aperture because I don’t need as much light to come into the camera (because it’s already light outside). Get it?
It’s okay if you don’t. It took me about six months for that idea to really stick in my brain. I promise, if this is confusing to you, one day it will just stick and you will have that photography “ah-hah!” moment and love everything and everyone. But until then….it can be a difficult concept to grasp.
You want to know another one of my secrets? I edit all my photos. I have no idea how to work Photoshop, but I do my fair share of photo editing on iphoto and mess around with the contrast, saturation and sharpness of all my food photos before I post them. Using a photo editing program, you can really turn good photos in AMAZING photos.
It is now 1:13 and Almanzo just texted me to tell me he has FINALLY landed (after being delayed four times coming out of Chicago), so I must retreat….but we shall discuss this later. Hopefully something I said just made some sense and I’m not just writing this mindless post while half asleep in the airport parking lot.
I’ll be back.