Tsue ~ That's What She Said: Food Photgraphy: Navigating The Maze Of Camera Tech

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Food Photgraphy: Navigating The Maze Of Camera Tech

Over the past several weeks, I have been busy at improving my photography skills through an online course, focusing on the challenging subject of food.  While my skills are yet not to the level I'd like them to be, I have seen notable improvement through each week's lesson.   Certainly a far cry from the my skill level at the onset of the course.

Although tackling such a lofty goal as mastering food photography was a bit daunting at first, I've found each lesson comprehensive, yet challenging and organized in such a way as to conquer the challenge step by step, with lessons in lighting and simple staging first.

The Challenge
Most recently, and with no small amount of trepidation, I completed the lesson in camera tech.  Although my camera is certainly not a professional model, an initial glance at the owner's manual after its purchase was enough to put tacking the tech of digital camera solidly at the bottom of my lengthy "To Do" list.  Shortcut efforts to navigate the dizzying array of options sans the manual, had previously left me lost, creating nothing short of a hot mess.  Acronyms, levels and options beyond my ken convinced me to simply point and shoot.  The result, of course, were photos whose quality made me cringe.

Olympus FE-46 Digital Camera

The Lesson 
As prior to this online photography course, my most recent adventure in the tech of cameras had been in the 1980's, I was appreciative that the lesson was so thoughtfully constructed and easy to follow.  A combination of the course material and reference by section to my camera's owners manual made navigating my camera's functions both clear and purposeful.

"Ahhh!  So that's what that button is for!"

This lesson covered such topics as:

  • The Rule of Thirds
  • Inviting Angles
  • White Balance
  • The Effects of Color Choices
  • Exposure
  • Shutter Speed
  • Aperture
  • Depth of Field
  • ISO 

The Results

Food Photography - lessons in camera tech

Food Photography - Bell Peppers
Up Close & Personal

Food Photography - Taste of Summer
With each passing week, I am simply astounded by the photographs I am now capable of taking.  A far cry from where I began.  These lessons are a joy, rather than a task, leaving me both enchanted by my new discoveries and inspired to spend more time honing my work.  As I complete each lesson, I cannot wait to begin on the next in the series!

Food Photography Online Course with Social Fabric University

Are you a photography pro or a photographer in training, like me?
What challenges you in achieving great shots?
Are you camera tech savvy?
Or can you be fequently heard muttering, "What the heck did I do?" after hitting a button by mistake?
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


Sharon Martin Beck Valley Books said...

They are impressive, I should really learn more about taking photographs. They actually look as if they sat on the computer screen, excellent.

Pam said...

Please continue to share your tips. I have no clue what I am doing and you are getting really good at this.

Closer to Lucy said...

Wow! those are great! Keep the shares coming, great info :)

Crystal said...

really let me know when your ready to give e lessons lol

Samantha said...

i would love to take the next class

Grace said...

You are really coming along wonderfully.

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