11 January 2014

Photo challenge

If you read my last blog post you would have seen that one of my goals for 2014 is to improve my photography skills - especially when it comes to food photography!

I'm not going to lie and pretend that I'm a good photographer - I'm terrible. Honestly, I am. I'm not trying to be a great photographer either… definitely not going to be changing career paths!

I just want to be able to take photos of my cakes that make them look just as nice as they do in real life! Far too often I share photos of my cakes with disappointment that the average photo makes the cake itself look a bit average too.

So how am I planning on improving?

Step 1: Practise

Practise is always the key to improving at a skill, right? I've jumped on the bandwagon of popular blog Fat Mum Slim's photo a day challenge! Chantelle posts a monthly list of prompts to take a photo each day.

I tried to do this once before and only lasted a week, so here's hoping I'm a little bit more committed this time! I'm playing along with the challenge over on instagram so take a look if you're interested!

My first photo of the Fat Mum Slim photo a day challenge - prompt: lunch.

If you would like to join in the fun of the challenge, jump over to this page on Fat Mum Slim and start taking photos! Just remember to tag #FMSphotoaday!

Step 2: Research

Practise is great, but research helps too! Last year a picked up a copy of 'Nikon D3100 for Dummies' (that's my camera!) since I really am a dummy when it comes to cameras and photography. I haven't even picked it up yet, but once I'm on holidays I plan to give it a read!

I also received the most wonderful gift from my big sister for Christmas! A copy of the A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman!

A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman available for purchase here.
Again, I've been so busy I haven't had a chance to give it a full read yet but I have skimmed through and there are lots of great ideas and advice inside! I can't wait to sit down and give it a thorough look and try out some of their tips!

3. Classes

Luckily for me, part of the Diploma Programme at the Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts is an introduction to photographing cakes using natural and artificial light! Hooray!

This is one part of the programme that I'm looking forward to the most. From what I've heard, the class is taught by Michael Kohn who is a food photographer for major corporations such as Nestle and Bacardi. I can hardly wait to see what skills I can learn from him.

Hopefully by the end of the year the photographs of my cakes will be as beautiful as the cakes themselves.

Hopefully by December my photos for the FMS photo a day challenge and photos on this blog will have improved dramatically from where they are now!

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