Friday, March 19, 2010

Digital Photography: Food Photos

The Digital Photography class continues to be a tiny bit overwhelming. After all, whole books have been written on just single facets of this art/science, and we are cramming an awful lot of information into three classes and a field trip.

I can tell you that one thing I have learned from the class that is already making my photos clearer is that there is a diopter/dioptric adjustment knob on the camera that will adjust the viewfinder image to suit my eyes, even without glasses. Now I have a much better chance at shooting sharp, focused photos. Who knew? Actually, it was right there in the owner's manual all along, of course!

For the "taking photos of food" assignment, I visited the Farmer's Market and shot all morning. Then just this morning when I was slicing bananas and strawberries into my bowl of Cheerios, I was struck by the wonderful colors and ended up carrying my bowl from room to room and even outside, and shooting it in a variety of settings, with a flash and with natural light. Those Cheerios photos turned out to be my favorites.

Here are the five photos I used for the assignment. All have had some slight corrections made with iPhoto (cropping, straightening, exposure and highlight adjustments), which we worked with in class.


If you click on this photo of honey jars (above), you can see the market (and the photographer!) reflected. The other colors are the reflection of the tablecloth


The class pointed out, quite rightly, that I could have shot this from another angle to make it more interesting. I was pleased with the sun shining through the honey though. Some of this very honey is poured over my breakfast bowl, below


These last two shots are much more impressive when viewed full screen in iPhoto

9 comments:

The Fabulous Penguin said...

Love the colors! You're pix are getting better and better.

Beth said...

I like your photos very much, Clair, especially the honey with the sun shining through it. I had to laugh at your mentioning learning something in class that was already in your owner's manual. I am just terrible about that. When I bought my camera three years ago, I read the first four pages of the thick manual---just enough to start taking pictures, and that was it. Never looked at the thing again. My kids keep telling me about all the things I could do with my camera if I'd read the manual, but I still haven't read it. I'm a bit ashamed to admit that.

JC said...

I need to take a class or read my info. I got a new camera last August and haven't really gone through all that the 'thing' can do.

I also got photoshop for the Holidays and still can't figure out what it does other then crop and fixing the colors.

Your photos looks great. I love the honey jars.

Kate said...

How wonderful to have both instructions and critiques. Guess I'll have to recheck my manual also. If you have any other tips, please pass them on!!

Linda said...

Interesting to hear about the complexities of the photography class. Your honey shots are gorgeous. And don't we do weird things in the interests of our photography? I laughed when I read about you carrying your breakfast all over the place!

Al said...

Very nice photographs. This post is making me hungry. One of these days I need to take a photography class, it would certainly improve my picture-taking abilities.

clairz said...

I'm almost embarrassed that you all are looking at my photos, as the quality of YOUR photos is one of the big reasons why I am taking the class.

Judy said...

I love your photos and that cereal made me hungry. So now, I am going to eat breakfast before I do any more comments. I, too, am bad about not reading the manual. Good luck with your class. I hope you are feeling much better. My antibiotics are finally kicking in today! Thanks for coming by my place, too.

Quiet Paths said...

All I can say is YUM! Love the way you captured the light with the honey jars...