It’s always fun to take new photos of your old recipes. Here are my latest Food Photography Tips: Breakfast Egg Bake Casserole.
When I first started blogging, I didn’t really care what my photos looked like. Well, I did to a point but I didn’t do too much to make sure they were exceptional. I used my iPhone camera (not knocking the iPhone camera as it can take some great photos) and I didn’t try to take photos in natural light. In fact, I had no idea that I should try to take my photos in natural light. Many of my photos looked like the below pre DSLR shots of my Breakfast Egg Bake Casserole recipe.
What was I doing wrong? A lot of things. As my blogging life continued, I started researching food photography. I found out that I was doing a lot of things wrong. I wasn’t setting up good food displays – my composition was all wrong. I wasn’t shooting in natural light. I was getting too close to the food when I did my shots. I wasn’t editing my photos properly. I wasn’t taking time to plan out my photos and play around with different layouts. It’s amazing what a little research and a good camera can do.
You may be asking what I did to snap a photo that looks like this. I took this photo around 9am, inside my front living room next to a window. The light was not filtered. I shot in manual mode however, the white balance was set to auto.
I set my camera to:
- Shutter speed: 1/60
- F-stop: f/2.5
- ISO: 100
- No flash
I used Photoshop Elements and PicMonkey to edit this photo.
In Photoshop Elements:
- I auto adjusted the settings in the RAW Image editor. I then adjusted the exposure with the slider because I felt the auto adjust made the photo too bright.
- I then opened the photo in Elements and removed the color cast and adjusted the lighting levels using auto adjust.
- I saved the photo as a jpeg file.
- I resized and cropped the image to 600×750.
- I used the Unsharp Mask and set the radius to 3.2. I then played around with the strength and clarity until I got the look I wanted.
- I used the Curves Tool to slightly adjust the lighting a little more.
I know that I can do all of the things I did in PicMonkey while using Elements but I am pretty new to Elements so I haven’t figured out how to use everything yet. When I have more time, I plan on diving into Elements and learning more!
I used the same techniques as listed above to edit the below photo. Camera settings were the same. The only thing different I did was resize it to 600×900.
Would you like to make this delicious breakfast recipe? Sure you would! You can find the recipe here.
If you’d like to see some of my other photo redos, visit my Blogging Tips archive.