Fotography Friday

…Nothing like getting this in at the last possible moment…

As you may have noticed, I’ve been trying to make time for photography in my life. This hobby has a hard time competing with my love of baking. BUT, luckily this blog brings both of those hobbies together into one. I like to think that my new *in April* Nikon D40 DSLR camera has helped my food photography this year. Or just the fact that I’ve made a conscience effort to learn to take better pictures. I’ve taken a couple classes and added quite a few photography blogs to my Google Reader.

Sometime last summer, I was talking with CB (of I heart Food 4 Thought) about cameras. If I remember correctly, she posted something on her blog about cameras or food pictures… So we talked about DSLRs and food photography. Now that she has a DSLR too (a Sony A200), we were talking about trying to learn how to use these dang things without just reading the manual from cover to cover. We decided to take it in small steps and learn together.

If you recall, Steph and Amy started Photo Week which just encourages anyone to get out there and use your camera more, the idea with Fotography Friday is to actually take an advanced topic (that may or may not be available in a P&S) and dig into when the details of these advanced machines that we have. Basically, we’ll pick a topic the first Friday of the month. Then we’ll both do our own research and play around with the topic. Then we’ll post about it before the next topic is revealed. Feel free to join us on our journey. You can post on any Friday throughout the month, or every Friday during the month. Participate as much or little as you’d like. Like I said, the topics may or may not be suited for your camera, but feel free to join and take any interpretation of the topic you want.

Now that you get the idea, here’s the first topic: 

FLASH
This topic was motivated by the fact that the days are just TOO SHORT to get any food photographs with natural light (Rule #1 for food photography). I have to admit that I do try to save my baking for the weekends so I can get some good pictures in natural lighting… Or sometimes I save a couple cookies until the weekend just to get a good picture of them. Now we all know it is possible to use the flash and not have everything washed out. It’s possible and in the next month I’m determined to understand how to do it with my camera.

One other thing. I’m double dipping on this. I plan to read through my D40 manual through this blogging event so that I can mark another thing off my list before my next birthday!

If you have a topic you’d like to see in Fotography Friday, please email me.
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    Joelen — September 19, 2008 at 12:50 am

    I have cam envy! And that death stare Roxy gives you is evil!!!

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    CB — September 19, 2008 at 2:06 am

    Love the action shots! I can’t believe that your KA was spinning when you took the picture. It totally looks stationary. Man, I have camera envy right now!
    /Clara

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    Steph — September 19, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Great set, lots of variety! The drinking fountain is beautiful. And Roxy is such a diva! Is your camera a Canon? That’s what I have. You might want to mess around in the “Tv” manual setting to play with shutter speeds…you’ll be able to get some action with your mixer that way. Nice work!

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    Jen — September 19, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    Steph – it’s a Nikon D40. I definitely need to read the manual to play with the setting more as far as shutter speed goes.

    CB – I know. I kept taking pictures hoping that one would show it in motion. I should have taken it out of child mode and used something else to show a little blur of action. Maybe I’ll try again this weekend.

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