Tsue ~ That's What She Said: Mastering Food Photography with Sony ~ Social Fabric University

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Mastering Food Photography with Sony ~ Social Fabric University

As a blogger, as well as within my personal life, the ability to capture quality photographs is a skill most desirable, yet not currently included in my Mom arsenal of knowledge and abilities.  Although I can muddle may way about my simple digital camera to take modest quality photos, this Mom would love to kick my photography skills to the next level.  Despite some degree of progress on my own, as evident by the below and after photos, I've accepted the simple fact that the seemingly overwhelming options and features offered by my digital camera must be conquered.


Celebrating Family Time Together ~ 


Even my best work is a far cry from the food photographers, both amateur and professional who provide me with a guideline to rate my own lacking efforts.  

The Problem
I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that most of the improvement in my photos is due largely to the discovery of photo editing features on sites, such as Google+ and Photobucket.  Relatively simple and straightforward, these editing options are right on par with my photo taking abilities.  Modest quality at best.  Even with the assistance of online editing services, my lack of basic conceptual understanding of the finer points of photography keeps my work inconsistent and leaving much to be desired.

Although I will occasionally achieve close to the shot I am hoping for, more often than not, my efforts produce photographs than are far less than what I had envisioned.

The Solution
With recognition of the problem solidly in place, as well, desire and drive to improve and no small amount of blushing in sharing my mediocre work, I am happy to share that there is hope for consistent improvement.  As a member of Social Fabric and due to random luck, I have been accepted into an online photography skills course ~ Food Photography with Sony!  I am simply beyond thrilled to participate in this course that encourages interaction between students and all the tools I need to help me make sense of the world of digital photography.   Although I took an introductory course in photography nearly (ahem) three decades ago using a professional grade 35mm camera, this Mom will take all the assistance she can get to decipher my digital camera's many confusing features and options.

The Course
Beyond inspiring this Mom to craft her Christmas Wish List early, having been tempted by introduction to a professional grade digital wonder from Sony, the A33 Digital SLR Camera with DT 18-55mm lens, this course offers exploration of all the beginning and intermediate level techniques and will focus on the challenging genre of food photography.

Through six units, I'll have opportunity to learn about critical photographic topics, such as background and lighting, editing, use of props and styling, as well as camera technology and food photography industry standards.  With required discussions, blog posts, projects and quizzes, my efforts and understanding will be evaluated against a stringent scale of expectations.  At the end of the course, I'll have a portfolio to showcase my new skills through consistent, quality photographs.  It is my fervent hope to have a few stunning shots within the collection, as well!

Although my adventures in Food Photography have only begun, thus far I'm quite pleased with the experience.  My first online course, I'm finding Pearsons Open Class site easy to follow and navigate, with course information well organized and student discussion participation simple.  Further, after a cursory exploration of Pixlr.com, I can't wait to begin editing my photographs in this new (to me) online editor.  Well beyond the scope of the simple editors I've been using, I am looking forward to learning how to edit the finer points of photos, using level adjustments, filters and more.

I appreciate the opportunity to dive into the exciting world of digital photography and look forward to improving the quality and consistency of my photography.  From cherished family shots, to capturing my inspirations, to giving my site a professional quality boost, the long term benefits of this course will far outweigh the reasonable effort and commitment to participate!

Are you shutter bug?
What types of subjects do you love to capture on film?
Which photographers inspire you?
Are you happy with your photo taking skills or do you need more education?
Tell me in a comment below!

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


Closer to Lucy said...

Food is the hardest thing to capture..and if it looks bad, who wants to eat it? I need a photo overhaul as well.

Samantha said...

those are some great pictures! you made me hungry....

Rachel {BubblyNatureCreations.com} said...

Looking forward to taking this class with you!!! xoxo- Rachel @ BubblyNatureCreations.com

Emmi said...

Great post! Aren't you just loving the class! And like you the biggest help for me was the editing too!

Crystal said...

I love to take photos went and bought a big fancy camera and all. After three years and tons of money spend I still can't use it LOL

Guess one day I will learn. One of the hardest things for me to capture is food shots. I was taught to take the food outside to photograph it. Made a bit of a difference, but not much.

Pam said...

I stink at taking pics. I wish I were in this class as well. Teach me the tricks you are learning too!

Crazedmom said...

I do believe it is difficult that the color of certain foods may need a different filter to take the picture

Grace said...

food is hard to photograph but I have to tell you I love the shot of your dog with his tongue hanging out over his food. Artistically speaking you captured the mood and the taste of that plate of food he is loving.

Anonymous said...

I would like to join – I hear, read and see great things but the Join button on the website http://socialfabric.us says “under construction” Can anyone help?

Terri said...

@sharisent - Unfortunately, the Social Fabric community is not currently accepting new members. I would recommend checking the site in a month or two :)

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