Saturday, May 5, 2012

I'm Taking a Photography Class!




I remember when I first decided to take on this gig as a SAHM (stay at home mom for those who don't know) I knew I had to find a hobby. I'm a workaholic and I had no idea what I was going to do at home all day long with an infant and a toddler. The first thing that came to mind was photography. I had been wanting to take a photography class for ages but just never did it. And I don't know what made me think that I would be able to do it with two little ones clinging to me. So those dreams went down the drain.

Instead I decided to start a blog. This was something that was more up my alley. I love to write and I"m actually okay at it. So why not do something I love? The only problem was I wanted my blog to be personal. I started off blogging about products, doing reviews and giveaways. I felt the only way to really do reviews was by showing personal pictures that I would take. Well, this had a positive and a negative. It was great to have an actual picture of the items but it wasn't always easy to get a nice clear picture on my blog.

Well, I did some research, talked to other mommy bloggers and learned that I could edit my pictures using a program called picnik. This program was great! I could clear up my pictures and make them look better and clearer. I could even do collages. I loved using picnik so much that I decided to start doing blog posts about what I would cook, especially new recipes I liked to try.

This didn't last long. First, I had no ideas what to take pictures of. Second, I can multitask but it just never works when I'm cooking. I have to fully concentrate on cooking so then I forget to take pictures! Third, I'm awful at staging food. The meals would taste great but when I took pictures of the actual plates they just weren't that great looking. Who is going to cook a meal that doesn't look appetizing? I've already started to learn a few basics. I went from this:

 to this:


So what's my answer. Well, lucky me, I'm in this awesome online social community called Collective Bias. You may have seen some of the work I've done for them. They are all about helping their community members improve their blogs and their skills so they just started this awesome online school called SoFabU (Social Fabric University). The first course is Food Photography by Sony, an online food photography course and I have the  pleasure of being a student. The course is completely online and it's all about teaching into and intermediate (I'm scared) photography techniques to help showcase photos for cooking posts. I'm hoping that this course will teach me how to take better photos of food (including staging and lighting) and some of the basic tricks of digital editing. I want to be able to proudly write my cooking posts and display fabulous pictures of the dishes I create. So stay tuned and wish me luck.

11 comments:

  1. Looking forward to seeing the fruits of your labor in future posts! I'm horrible at photography too.

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  2. I completely understand! Especially while blogging, food must be visually appealing or people won't pin or click again.

    Can't wait to get to know you better in class and see your pics.

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  3. Picnik is one of my favorite programs! I agree though, hard to remember to take the cooking photos while you're doing it. I'm your newest follower, would love of follow back at http://sassyshopperreviews.blogspot.com/

    Enter the giveaways while you're there! :)

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  4. I'm jealous. I so wanted to take that class. I need help! Awesome up close shot. :)

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  5. looking forward to seeing your tips!

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  6. I love your blog! Great photos here too!

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  7. i really need to do that as well

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  8. I love learning photography tips. I used to really enjoy taking photos, I wish I had more time to learn

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  9. That;s so awesome!! I hope you enjoy it.

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  10. I adore photography and I'm finally getting my camera upgrade! Beyond excited! I loved using Picnik as well and hated when it went away (I haven't been able to find a new program I like yet). I can't wait to read more of your posts and see more of your pictures, will also have to look more into SoFabU :)and lots of luck to you!!

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