Tsue ~ That's What She Said: Expert Editing for Food Photography with Sony

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Expert Editing for Food Photography with Sony

If you have been following my progress in my adventures in food photography, I promise you won't be disappointed with the results of my latest lessons.  Our most recent focus: expert editing of digital food photography.  Although I have edited some of my prior photos using simple online editors, through my Food Photography course with Sony as a student of Social Fabric University, I have been introduced to Pixlr.

The Lesson
Although initially a bit intimidating, Pixlr offers all manner of professional level editing options, a far cry from the simplistic editing system I had previously used through Picasa.  Far beyond simple push bars, Pixlr contains a plethora of sensitive, detailed controls to help even an amateur shutterbug like myself take my photos to the next level!  Although I still have much to learn and wouldn't classify myself as an expert, I am now quite comfortable in utilizing most features available through the Pixlr editor, including such handy controls as:
  • level adjustments: hue, output and input
  • brightness and contrast
  • dodging and burning images
  • unsharp mask: amount, radius and threshold
  • creating layers
  • modifying image size 
Before
As much as I dislike sharing my prior work, primarily due to the cramp I now have in my neck from hanging my head in embarrassment, I feel the new level of quality I have achieved through this course is best evaluated with a base line for comparison.

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Photos edited in Picasa prior to course.


After

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Photos from course, edited in Pixlr

Not only does this course provide a comprehensive exploration of all topics essential to improving my food photos, all students are encouraged to explore, evaluate and provide insight and constructive criticism of each others projects.  My fellow classmates represent a wide range of pre-existing skills levels and photographic viewpoints.  The interaction and exposure to other photographer's work is thoroughly inspiring, encouraging me to try new techniques.

Reflection
Although the commitment to this course is real and requires a good deal of time from my busy schedule, I find myself left in awe of my new photographic skills.  While far from expert, I cannot help but to be pleased with my progress and find myself looking forward to each new lesson and assignment!

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Are you a photography pro or a photographer in training, like me?
What challenges you in achieving great shots?
What do you think about my first step improvement?
Tell me in a comment below, I'd love to hear your thoughts!


I was giving an opportunity to participate in this free photography course through my association with Social Fabric, a community of Collective Bias.  The opinions above are both honest and of my own experience.  Some images and information sourced from course and various sites related to Social Fabric.   Although my enthusiasm for this course is sincere, posts and badges related to SoFabU on my site are placed as part of the requirements of participating in the course.  #CBias  #SocialFabric

3 comments:

Crystal said...

Your doing great. Soon I'll be asking you for lessons ;-)

Glenda said...

Your pictures are awesome! Can't wait for them to offer a second round of classes!

Pam said...

You know that I have to hate you now because of your photo skills! :) You are doing great. Thanks for sharing the tips!

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