For all the key points made during each of the seven classes, check out the Nuffnang Blogopolis 2011 schedule, complete with links to each classes notes.
Class 2: Blog Photography
Tips and points made by myself will be indicated with [Bree].
[UPDATE: For a full list of tools & resources mentioned – with URLs – see here]
- Danni is going to wing her tips :)
- For Danni, her blog is a reflection of herself.
- Why Minh loves photography: Chefs put a lot of work into their presentation, so they love to document their meals on their blog.
- Danni classes herself as a photo journalist. Capturing the daily moments is what it’s about.
- If you want to focus on a product shot, make sure the background is clean, and use natural light – not flash.
- Photos don’t have to be all smiling. They can be all about capturing the moment.
- It’s not about the gear you’re using, it’s how you take the photo.
- Five points… LIGHTING
- “Romantic lighting” is Minh’s pet peeve. Don’t use flash in restaurants. [A good tip for food bloggers – people go there for the atmosphere.]
- Use a piece of tissue as a cheap diffuser. You can use this with your iPhone.
- Back lighting is a really useful tool.
- You don’t need to light from the front – it can come from the side.
- COMPOSITION. There are a lot of rules eg: Rule of thirds. The thing is every photo, it changes depending on what you are taking the photo of.
- Danni hates taking photos straight on.
- POINT OF VIEW: Top down shots can be overused in food photography. But it’s a great way to highlight certain aspects.
- SUBJECT: You’ll see high apertures used a lot in food photography.
- Don’t be afraid to use a fair bit of cropping.
- [The photos being shown are beautiful… I will have to link to them somehow!]
- Before you think about pressing the shutter button, think about the environment you’re in.
- What to use to take blog photos…
- You don’t need a DSLR to take great photos for your blog. Use your iPhone, check out the Instagram app.
- What Minh loves about Instagram is that you can make bad photos look good with a filter.
- If you have an iPhone use the regular iPhone camera THEN add a filter. Don’t take pics with the apps.
- Minh loves checking the data of photos on Flickr. Instagram strips that data.
- Cannon G10 range is good and you can get some good lenses [Need to confirm this point – BREE]
- Nikon D700 is what’s used by Minh. It’s very heavy though! Upgraded to this for food photography – it gives great low light photos.
- Danni has a lot of equipment and has to be ready for a lot of situations.
- [Danni and Minh have a list of all of their equipment… Will try to get hold of this… I can type fast, but not quick enough for techie Camera names ;) ]
- At events Danni uses five cards and switches them out – she knows those images are then safe. Don’t get too into big cards.
- Batteries – Danni carries three. One in camera, one in bag, one in hotel room.
- Breath out when taking photo without flash – it helps to be less shaky. The brace position (tuck arms in tight) is like creating your own tripod if you don’t have one.
- Danni takes iPhone4 everywhere. Lots of lenses you can get for these for about $20. Learn to use the focus point on your iPhone. Have a play!
- Workflow… Shoot raw. It gives you the raw image and you can use Lightroom to tweak it.
- LightRoom is expensive software, but it can take photos from crap to awesome. Danni was bowled over by it.
- When you export photos with LightRoom you can choose to include watermarks.
- SEO tip for images: People don’t realise you get SEO on photos. Consider the name of the image for Google Image Search. Especially good for event photos. Also add pics to Flickr – it can be a good traffic driver.
- Food photo tips… hold your camera still! Use 2-second timer on point and shoot cameras.
- Don’t be afraid to experiment.
- If you’re interested in a picture, someone else could be as well.
- DPReview.com is a good website for comparing camera models and prices.
- The higher the ISO the better for low light pictures.
- Participate in photography workshops.
- Embrace your own unique style.
- If all else fails, Google your photography question. [ENDS]