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A couple weeks ago, while my sister was visiting, we took a little detour from our tour of horse country to go to the Incredible Food Show at Rupp Arena in downtown Lexington.

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IMG_3175In addition to tons of booths with Kentucky foods and free samples, the guest speaker was “The Chew’s” Carla Hall.

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She was really funny and cooked some food that looked really yummy (I didn’t get to sample).

IMG_3159I had to take a picture of this booth, because I have a “thing” for old campers. This one had been converted to a gelato wagon. Hmmm, maybe I can convince my hubby that I need a camper for this purpose (since we don’t camp).

IMG_2580Photographing food is very popular these days. Every recipe that is posted on the web is illustrated with beautiful shots of the food before, during and after preparation. Food photography is more simple than some other types of photography, because you control the light and the subject is not moving, therefore you can set up the shot, mount your camera on a tripod, and attach a remote shutter release.

IMG_2576The trick is to set your ISO at 100 for the best quality photo possible; and your F-stop at around 5.6, so that all the food is in focus. From there, the amount of shutter speed is variable. If you set your camera on aperture priority, the shutter will stay open as long as needed for the amount of light. For the shots above, the shutter was opening around 1/5 sec, way too long to hand hold the camera.

IMG_2578No fancy set up was used for this shot. The strawberries were washed and some put into a bowl. The rest were placed beside the bowl on a dishtowel. I left the stems on some of them because they add leading lines to the photo. The shot was done on the kitchen counter lit by the under counter fluorescent lights. During the 1/5 second time the shutter was open, I quickly spot lit a couple of areas to reduce shadows. The white balance was set on the fluorescent setting.

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Sometimes you can find the neatest photos when you aren’t looking.

On a visit to a seafood market this week, I realized that colorful, beautifully-arranged stills, positioned under nearly ideal lighting were right in front of me. I pulled out my smartphone, a Motorola Atrix HD, and snapped a few pictures.

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My phone is programmed to upload my photos to Dropbox automatically. All I have to do to access them is to open Dropbox on my computer and download the photos. I can then manipulate them in Photoshop.

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I love all the colors and textures on the seafood.

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I am just starting to enjoy food photography. Next stop, produce aisle.

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Once again, Photoshop saves the day. This shot of some beans was not what I wanted. However, after a few manipulations on the computer, the photo became more vibrant.
I used the watercolor filter in the filter gallery to get this look. I can now use the picture for a background or a lettering filter. Actually, I may just print it out and hang it in my kitchen 🙂

Canon Rebel, tripod mounted, AV, 100 ISO, F5.6

Canon Rebel, tripod mounted, AV, 100 ISO, F5.6

Another attempt at food photography. I think it would look better if the bowl had been a complementary color instead of white.

Canon Rebel, mounted on tri-pod, 100 ISO, AV setting, F4.5

Canon Rebel, mounted on tri-pod, 100 ISO, AV setting, F4.5

I have recently gotten interested in food photography. Using my range hood as a light source, I placed the fruit on a cutting board and mounted my camera on a tri-pod because I knew the shutter speed would be slow on AV setting. I had to manually focus because my auto focus wasn’t focusing where I wanted it to. More examples in coming posts.

Keep trying new things 🙂

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