photography

Photo by Karen Tedesco Photo by Karen Tedesco Photo by Karen Tedesco Photo by Karen Tedesco

 

 

 

When I decided to publish my blog as a hobby more than five years ago, I had almost zero time to spend on making photos with my point-and-shoot camera, a Canon Powershot. I was a busy mom, and it was enough trouble to take a quick snap of a finished recipe at dinner time without my young kids wailing they were HUNGRY, mere seconds before we sat down to eat the food.

I relied on a few simple strategies: using a mini Ultrapod tabletop tripod and setting the timer on the camera so it wouldn’t shake in my hands during the long exposure in my too-dark kitchen.

I shied away from exploring the manual mode on my camera, let alone stopping to consider the singular, magical element of photography: light.

There was a point somewhere along the line when I stopped using the flash, but that was the extent of it. And I was someone who had at one point during college majored in photography – !!

I’m still a busy working mom, but my kids have grown into pre-teen and teenagers. I’m grateful to have more time to dedicate to making better images. It’s an evolution of learning, a full-blown passion and part-time job, right up there next to the one for food.

I’ve found so much useful information on blogs, online tutorials like Creative Live and workshops dedicated to photography and food styling.

I use natural daylight in my home studio and a simple white bounce card.

CAMERA AND EQUIPMENT

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8

Apple iPhone 4s

Light reflectors and diffuser

Adobe Lightroom 4

Adobe Photoshop Elements 9

BOOKS

Plate to Pixel Helen Dujardin

Food Styling: The Art of Preparing Food for the Camera

Understanding Photography Bryan Peterson