It was many years ago, probably 15 years or so, that I was talking to my husband about food photography. I was looking at a Mexican food take-out menu and I thought the photos of the dishes looked unappetizing.
I told him that this was the reason why I would NEVER take food photos. I told him that food was hard to photograph and I would never want someone to think my food was gross, just by the horrible photo I took.
Of course, this didn’t stop my fascination with food photography. I marveled at photos of beautiful food in cookbooks. And when blogs began to soar onto the internet, I found dozens with amazing food bloggers with photos that were perfect enough to make me drool on my keyboard.
But I knew I would never be one of those bloggers with beautiful food photos. I believe this so much that I didn’t even try to take photos. When I started my family blog in 2004, but if I shared a recipe, it was without photos.
But, in the middle of 2009, I found myself posting more often about food. I also read in several article that people would be more likely to read a blog post if it included a photo.
Well, darn. I started to realize that if I wanted to share recipes and talk about food, I needed to let go of my “never take food photos” thinking.
So, I did.
As I got started taking food photos, the one tip I had known for the longest time was DON’T USE A FLASH. Oh, what do food photographers know?? The photos I took with a flash weren’t that bad, were they?? Plus, many of my photos were taken at night, so what was I to do? (yes, they were that bad)
Home Cooking Memories officially started 2010. Working on my blog, trying new recipes, and taking photos of my food, truly made me happy. And it was around this time that I decided I should start learning. I wanted to learn about food blogging, recipe writing, and food photography. I wanted to improve. I was determined to do my best and learn everything thing I could.
Slowly over the last 2 years, I have improved. I can see a difference in my photos, but I also know that I still have lots to learn.
This week, I’m excited to share that I started an online photography course with the Social Fabric University — Campaign Photography with Sears Grilling.
Each week, I’ll be learning how to improve my photography and I will be sharing all of my assignments right here on my blog. I’m hoping that I can learn more about the technical side of photography, while also learning how to capture the best shots from the beginning, but how to edit photos effectively that do need some help.
Cool, huh? I can’t wait to share my progress with you all!
Disclaimer: I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Sears #CBias #GrillingIsHappiness. All photos and opinions are my own.