Have you ever looked at the blogs with amazing food photos and wondered how can I take such photos? I have done that a lot!! Then I told myself that I don't have a fancy DSLR camera to take amazing photos!! But then I came across some blogs where photos were mouthwatering but they were taken using - hold your breath - a mobile phone camera!!
And that just opened my eyes!! I realized that though my ordinary, compact, point and shoot Sony Cybershot digital camera had its limitation, it can still take better pictures than what I was making!! So till I buy the fancy camera I decided to improve on my photography skills. And then started the journey to improve my food photos.
But over the time I've realized that sometimes it becomes difficult to look at your work objectively, you get biased towards your work and can't really tell what's wrong with your image. That's when you need honest friends to give you HONEST feedback.
And we at the Click Happy group are aiming to do just that!! We are a group of friends who have come together to improve our food photos. We are no professionals or experts but we all share passion to improve our photos. We believe that there are no bad photographers, just the photographers who are learning. We believe in sharing our knowledge, learning together and giving our honest feedback to our other Click Happy friends and we do it politely!!
On the 15th of every month, I would do a roundup of the images shared with photos, links and the feedback given by the group member on my blog.
If you too want to join us on this journey of learning please join our Facebook group
or drop me a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Non bloggers are welcome too.
In case you don't want to join the facebook group, you can just link to this page and insert the logo in your post. I'll upload the photo in the group and see what Click Happy group has to say about your photo and include the comments in the roundup along with the image and link.
Rules for the event:
1) Please share the light position, light type (natural, tungsten, fluorescent, daylight lamps) and type of camera used. That helps in giving the feedback.
2) Please use the logo and insert a link to this post when sending a photo to this event.
|The Click Happy group|
And before signing off, I want to share some tips about a very basic thing that helps in improving food photos immensely - Lighting!! You change your lighting and the same setup starts looking differently!! Here are my tips,
1) Always try to use natural light. If you are cooking something for dinner than save some of it and take the photo next day in daylight. But don't take your photos in direct sunlight. It gives very harsh photos. Try to diffuse the light using a shear white curtain, white saree, white dupatta, umbrella or white translucent paper. Or take pictures in a shaded but well lit by natural light, area. I generally take my photos in a room where I get ample light during day. I turn off all the artificial lights and take my pictures there.
2) Turn the on camera flash off. It ruins the photos.
3) If it's impossible for you to take photos during day then, keep in mind to never mix two type of lights, i.e. daylight and florescent light. Always use one type of light source. If you want more light than use the same type of lights.
That's it!! Happy Clicking!!