Resources

A little behind the scenes look because creating a blog involves many resources.  When I first started in 2011 I had no idea what I was doing and learned a lot on the way from other bloggers, articles, and mainly trial and error!  This resource page will be devoted to what I have found helpful or what products and equipment I might be using.

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PHOTOGRAPHY 

When I first starting blogging, I used a Canon Powershot SD1300IS.  It was (and still is) a fun camera to own.  The pictures were ok but I didn't know much back then about white balance or how to compose pictures.

Current camera - Since December 2015 I have been using a Canon 6D and feel this camera will stay with me a long time!  It's a full frame and I really love it.  My current go to lens for food  photography is the Canon 100mm 2.8 macro.  I also own a Canon 50mm 1.4 that I use for overhead shots and portrait photography.  My newest lens is a Canon 24-105mm - this is a good all around lens that I take on vacations and just bumming around. and sometimes I use it for food.

Prior in 2012 I started using a Canon Rebel T3i  that came with a 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens.  I bought the Dummies book for this camera and have read it many times! I mainly shoot in manual mode and manual focus which is why I always use a tripod when I'm home.

Photography books  - to help with styling and camera settings.  The three I currently have on the shelf are:
  1. Food Photography for Bloggers by Matt Armendariz
  2. Food Photography From Snapshots to Great Shots by Nicole Young
  3. Plate to Pixel by Helene Dujardin (probably my favorite)

I also purchased an e-book from Pinch of Yum called Tasty Food Photography.  (note I receive a small affiliate fee if you do purchase but not on the other links).  This one and Plate to Pixel are the two I refer to the most.

Editing -  I'm currently using Lightroom 5 and would highly recommend it.   Prior I used Photo Elements 11 and when I want to make a collage or special overlay I use PicMonkey which is free (or $35/yr for the upgraded version). 

Lens - I mainly use a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens and occasionally a 50mm 1.8 prime lens

Props - this is where I need an intervention!  I find many of my items (plates, silverware, napkins) from Pier 1, Home Goods Store, World Market and Crate & Barrel (and yep, I probably have too much stuff!)

Lighting - I really try to shoot in natural light - it is the best!  But in the winter I've had to rely on artificial.  I own 2 softboxes similar to these.

Creativity - are any of you on Pinterest?  Did you know you can create a secret board?  Well, true confession, I have a board where I pin photos that I like.  I don't copy other photos exactly but it just helps me with inspiration, composition ideas, colors, etc. when I get stuck (though stacking cookies is done by everyone!)  It was suppose to be my secret but now you know!  Though I doubt I'm the only one who does this :)

If you are interested, here's a post on Behind the Scenes




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