I get a lot of questions about photography techniques and my equipment. On this page, I’ve tried to answer the questions I receive most frequently. Please note, the process below is not the right way, it’s simply my way.
I currently shoot with a Canon Rebel T2i, using a Canon 60mm Macro Lens for most of my food shots. Secretly, I’m in LOVE with my macro lens and want to use it to shoot everything.
I use a tripod. I know this is something most people hate to do, but I have shaky hands and I can’t take a crisp hand-held shot to save my life. Also, most of the time when I’m shooting, I’m all alone. The tripod (and a little remote) make it possible for me to pour, stir, and sprinkle while shooting.
I almost always take my final shots outside, mid morning or early afternoon. On occasion, I pull out a couple photography lamps, but they just can’t offer the same light quality as the sun.
I use a reflector screen to bounce light. Any photographer will tell you that lighting is their arch nemesis. It always seems to be too harsh, too murky, too late in the day, or too something!
I use a reflective screen to manipulate the light and try to gain the upper hand.
I edit in Adobe Lightroom. Lightroom is an easy, affordable program that anyone can get a feel for in a couple hours. It offers the best features of Photoshop, for a lot less money.
Editing is an important part of photography. What used to be done in the darkroom, is now done on your laptop. There are often variables that make it tricky to capture the perfect shot: lightening issues, movement, time, concrete objects you can’t move, etc. My personal goal in editing, is to make a photo match the image my eyes saw, while shooting. Nothing more.
Young photographers tend to over-edit. I did this a lot when I first started… you can look through older posts to see the tweaked-out pictures. With editing, “less is more” is always a good rule of thumb.
Finally, all this equipment isn’t something I just ran out and picked up one day.
I started shooting A Spicy Perspective with a 7 year old Sony Cyber-Shot, a $20 plastic tripod, and a white foam board to bounce light. When purchasing equipment, do your research, shop around, and buy the best items you can afford–don’t break the bank on a camera or lens that are out of your price range (and frankly might be out of your league.) A $5000 camera doesn’t take $5000 photos, unless you know what to do with it.
While you’re learning, you can do a LOT with moderately priced equipment from good brands.
That’s my two cents; hope it helps!