Hey, friends! It’s nice to see you again. Thanks for sticking with me. I’ve been busy taking photos!
In photography class we are working on using natural light to illuminate our photos — to “see the light” is the hallmark of a good photographer. As bloggers, we know that a striking photo is important to our work. It’s also easy to use simple items to boost the light in your photos — try using a piece of white posterboard as a reflector. In this photo of a crystal punchbowl, I had a white foam core board over on the right, and the mirror also gave more reflected light. You may remember this mirror from a previous post about creating vignettes. I also posted another photo the last time I took a photography class. I’m very consistent. 🙂
This photo of wedding cake was shot against a wall of windows — tricky lighting for anyone, much less an amateur. By getting in close, my camera was able to read the light from the cake rather than from the windows. This is a common shot I see from food photographers as well as tablescapers. A reflector would have worked here, too, and I certainly need one in my kitchen at home.
How many of you are using the “save” option on Facebook? For a hoarder like me, it’s pretty much the best thing ever. I save recipes, interesting articles, and inspirational photos. It’s a lot better than printing stuff out or cluttering up my friends’ Facebook feeds with my singular interests, and it’s a lot easier to use on-the-go than Pinterest. Once I’ve read something thoroughly, I can decide if I want to keep it or not. One of the people I follow is Sandra Kaminski, who creates beautiful flower arrangements and has them photographed by Geoff Hedley. You can see her work on her website and I encourage you to follow her on Facebook. Click here to feast your eyes!
Life is too short to waste on bad photography, and I welcome your comments and advice about what you do to make your photo magic!