Eat with Your Eyes First

Me and my shadow

Me and my shadow

I love my new camera! I’ve been playing with it all weekend like a little kid with a new toy, experimenting with the manual settings I haven’t used since the pre-digital era. The ins-and-outs of aperture, shutter speed, lighting and composition that I studied in college are very slowly coming back to me.
Donut peaches

Donut peaches

The good part is that these skills are forcing me to slow down a bit and focus on food styling. Although I freelance as a food stylist, when it comes to this blog I’m often in such a hurry to eat the food (after all, it’s usually my dinner) that I rush through the styling, forgetting one of the very first lessons I learned in culinary school: you eat with your eyes first.

Donut Peach

Donut Peach

Luckily, Helen from the scrumptiously gorgeous blog Tartelette came to my rescue and directed me to two posts she’s written about food photography: Tips of Food Photography and Snapshot Spotlight with Helen. She also told me about Culinary Snapshot, a fantastic interactive blog from Kristen (Dine & Dish) where food bloggers can share food photography knowledge. Helen, thank you so much for sharing these links with me, they were incredibly helpful and I encourage everyone to take a look themselves.

Donut Peach, same peach different angle

Donut Peach, same peach different angle

As for me, I think it’s time to focus and practice. Ha, get it? Focus. Puns aside, I’m excited to enhance this aspect of the blog, learn new skills and put existing food styling tricks to action. Please feel free to share any tips or tricks you think I should try.

Inside a donut peach

Inside a donut peach

View from my window

View from my window, just 'cause it's fun.

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  • Dan posted: 04 Aug at 10:14 am

    You should get Photoshop. Culinary School Dropout gave me a hard time about using it but it’s no different than using darkroom techniques to manipulate film. Aperture (Mac’s Photoshop) is nice but has an organizational aspect that I found annoying.

    I’ve also been told that upgrading the lens from the stock one is a must too.

  • orangy posted: 13 Aug at 1:22 pm

    Hi, Great blog, I love cooking and reading recipes…I would like to be back here soon.
    gaurvi
    orangy food


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