When I first started my baking and desserts blog Sprinkle Bakes in 2009, I had no idea what to do with my crappy little Canon point-and-shoot. I casually snapped photos on my kitchen counter and boy were they ever ugly! All of my pictures in those early days were awful and no matter how grand an effort I made in the kitchen, those pictures weren't doing me or my food any favors.
I became inspired by the food photography I saw online, and began reading all kinds of photography books and tutorials. The best instruction came from other food bloggers' websites. They spoke with words a novice could understand, unlike most of the highly technical books that I slogged through nightly.
The entire year of 2010 was committed to studying photography and experimenting with food styling. Soon I graduated from my little camera to a SLR Canon Rebel and learned all kinds of new things just from reading the instruction manual. The more I learned the better my photography looked, and soon my work was being published in magazines and books.
In 2011 I started blogging for the now defunct photography website called Pixiq. The site was owned by my first publisher and they felt I'd be a perfect fit. After browsing their website for the first time, I wasn't so sure about that. There were all kinds of photography pros that blogged there; high profile types that worked with celebrities, a controversial paparazzi, a lady who took pictures of active volcanoes in Iceland and wild horses stampeding. I had just one question for my editor: What. The. Heck. Am. I. Doing. Here.
I wrote a few articles for the site, but never really found the confidence required to instruct others in their works. I was still learning and processing information, and implementing that in my own photography. That takes a lot of time, especially if you're the pensive sort - guilty!
It's taken years of self-education and studying, but now I finally feel ready to share some of the things I've learned - things that are tried-and-true. I want to add my voice to the chorus of friendly food bloggers that helped me so much in the beginning. I want you to know what I know, and I hope we can learn a few things from each other.