Monday, March 25, 2013


I truly admire beautiful photographs. When I created Kitchen and Cake I was excited to take pictures for the blog. I had a new kitchen with large windows and plenty of light. I thought it would be cake (pun intended) to get good shots. After all, the food just lays there. It is not a moving target. If it is, you probably want to double check your recipe. How hard could it be? Turns out, it is a lot harder than I thought.

As I have learned, photographing food has plenty of challenges, especially in my kitchen. If I photograph in the morning there can be way too much light. More often than not, it is late in the day by the time I am ready to shoot. Then the light is too dim. What is a girl to do?

I have a whole new appreciation and admiration for all the beautiful food blogs out there and all the amazing photographs all over the Internet. It is a lot harder than it looks to get those incredible pictures. Especially when you have to prepare food before you can photograph it.

When I don't have any food prepared I practice on anything available. I take lots and lots of photos.

Too much sunlight


For lack of a better option, when we were remodeling the kitchen I used my phone to take pictures. Photographing food with a phone is not the best idea. The results usually are not all that appealing. At least mine are not. Then I borrowed Maddie's small point and shot camera until she got tired of wiping food off of it. Finally I bought a Nikon Coolpix camera.

Filtering light

Focus mode for close up

When it comes to reading manuals, I am not the best at reading all the directions. I am reading Food Photography for Bloggers by Matt Armendariz, too. David Lebovitz has an interesting interview with him on his blog. Mr. Armendariz takes beautiful photographs. His book is full of useful information and is a very entertaining read.

Vegetable still life

Between the Nikon manual and the Food Photography for Bloggers book I am learning all kinds of tricks. I have a long way to go, but I am trying.

The stars waiting in the wings

I feel like the paparazzi using the zoom on this unsuspecting goose.

Extreme close up of a Christmas cactus flower.

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