It’s a totally icky day here—pouring rain, wind and 50 degrees. My butt has been glued to the couch all morning and exercise is the furthest thing on my mind. However, any day is a beautiful day when your boyfriend goes to a baseball game and before he goes, hands you his credit card, kisses your forehead and says “go birthday shopping”. (my birthday is a week from today)
I think I’ll keep him around awhile.
But before I gather Ashley and her daughter and head to the mall (seriously, what else is a girl supposed to do?), I wanted to write a post about my photography “studio” since I’ve had a lot of requests!
For this little DIY project, you’ll need:
- a card table from Wal-Mart (I got mine for $20)
- three pieces of large white foam board
- 4 large painting clips from Home Depot*
- a window in your house
- “props” (think old bottles, glasses, bags of flour, textured fabrics like burlap)
Not to kill the dream, but NONE of the food photos I take for the blog are actually shot in the kitchen. Crazy, right? For each and every photo, I transport items to my “studio” in my bedroom. That’s where the magic happens!
To build your own studio, set up your card table next to a window and place clips at the bottom of your foam boards so they can stand up and bounce the light like this:
I went out and got these clips from Home Depot after my food photography lesson from the highly talented (and amazing!) White on Rice Couple. The clips each cost about two dollars and work wonders, creating background for photos such as this:
Set up your foam boards with one as the background and one directly across from the light source (window). Then, set your props where you want them in your background and shoot away! I get most of my props from thrift stores, such as that amazing retro mixer I featured yesterday.
As for the chalkboard shots, I bought a large chalkboard from a teacher’s supply store for only $15! When I do my ingredient shots on it, I lay the chalkboard down on my bedroom floor and assemble everything perfectly before standing up on a chair and shooting straight down.
The hardest part is keeping Dexter off the chalkboard while I’m shooting!! I guess it doesn’t help that I teased him by placing his mouse on there….
I have to say, chalkboard shots are my very favorite. I love how all the ingredients look on it!
I take all my food photos between the hours of noon and 2:00 because that’s when the sun is the best coming through my bedroom window. The most key thing I’ve ever learned about photography is that IT’S ALL ABOUT THE LIGHT!
Good cupcake light:
Crappy cupcake light:
While I do have Photoshop on my laptop, I usually just edit all photos in iphoto because it’s easiest. I’ve heard Lightroom is great but for me, iphoto does the trick!
Since starting this blog in 2007, my passion for photography has grown exponentially. I usually spend at least three hours every single day taking shots and editing them and love every minute of it. As far as lenses go, my go-to lens is a Canon 50 1.4 but I also use my Tamron 60 mm macro lens to take up close and personal shots like this:
So now y’all know all my secrets and I better get to the mall before Adam changes his mind. If you have a request for a post, do send it my way and I’ll work my way through them.
Hope your Saturday is less rainy than mine!