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Photography Questions Answered

June 5, 2012

I often get emails and comments asking “What kind of camera do you use?” or “What lens should I buy?”

I’ve hesitated when it comes to offering blanket advice for these types of questions because one answer does not fit all. Also, I do not consider myself a food photography expert by any means. I’m much more comfortable taking pictures of landscapes and cute baby wildlife. But I get asked often enough that I find myself typing the same answers in email over and over again, which is just silly. So I’ve compiled it all onto one page.

Now the answer to “What kind of camera do you use?” and all of my best photography advice is available on my new Photography page!

If you have any other burning questions about my photography drop me a line in the comments, on the photography page, or via email and I’ll do my best to answer them.

  1. June 6, 2012 11:20 am

    Thanks for sharing – Have a Great Day!

  2. June 6, 2012 3:21 pm

    I understand the whole use of natural light as backlighting ( at least I think!) but what about those front shadows… are you using a c-stand or poster board and where are you putting that if you do? Thanks!

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      June 6, 2012 3:40 pm

      You can actually see the white poster board (it actually came with my Ego lights) that I use to diffuse shadows in the photo above! That’s usually how I position it too. That particular spot in my house actually has windows on 3 sides – the one the camera is facing (you can see it in the background) and then a large one to the right that faces West and a smaller one to the right that faces East. Mid-day shadows aren’t much of a problem, but they can get harsher when the sun gets is lower in the sky (morning or evening). The bounce board does come in handy for filling in the shadows in that case.

      If you’re unsure where to position your bounce board, take a practice photo without one. You should be able to see on the camera screen which side the harsh shadows are on. Position your bounce board close to the food, facing the shadows to help open them up.

      I find this tutorial by Taylor Takes A Taste demonstrates how to use a bounce board and transparent fabric for light diffusion better than I can explain it in words :)

  3. June 6, 2012 3:47 pm

    Thank you so much. It is so kind of you to help. I really appreciate you pointing me to more info on how to “set up shop” too. Will go check it out right now.
    Best, jodi

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