Never in my Professional life have I experienced the excitement, focus, and complete enjoyment that I experience while taking pictures. From the moment my feet hit the ground in the morning I’m thinking about Photography, doing Photography or learning about Photography; everything from how to take sharper, more vibrant pictures, to the “perfect edit”. I must admit I’m often completely consumed with all things Photography (in a positive way;-)
What’s even more amazing than my enjoyment of my new Profession is the support and encouragement I receive from my family and friends. Case in point, this picture, a still-life food-photo inspired by my Dad. Perhaps I should elaborate a bit on that statement…
A few months ago my Dad sent me the most delicious, vibrant, hunger-inducing photographs of food I think I’ve ever seen. The pictures were from a website focused on creating balanced, healthy, vibrant, and delicious food to feed your family (with a special focus on cooking for food-allergies), but in addition to recipes and nutritional information were killer pics (http://heatherchristo.com/) of the amazing food creations.
At that point, Dad and I really began talking more about Food Photography, we discussed the photos from the website and presentation options, we even discussed what I could photograph (I don’t cook, neither does my hubby), but I must admit I really felt clueless as where to start. Enter my Dad, who offered to create a surface where I could snap my pics. Food Photography requires props and he designed and built the perfect presentation platter on which to stage my photos. To top it off, the very same day I brought my brand-new custom-made board home with me, a Food Photography book chock-full of vibrant and glossy pics arrived on my front porch…You rock Dad!
Today’s photos are my first attempts using my new board and the food-specific staging, lighting, and editing techniques outlined in my book.
Taken with my Canon 6D, Canon 100mm Macro lens with settings on 1/30s, f/2.8, ISO 200 (tripod, remote clicker, diffusers, and reflectors used)
“Skill in photography is acquired by practice, and not by purchase.” Percy W. Harris