There exists a huge learning curve for starting a blog. You really must be talented in quite a few areas such as communicating, organizing, planning, collaborating, creativity, and photography. Thank goodness my brainy brother Jeff is a techie so I haven’t had to become talented in that area too. I read quite a few blogs and many of them have been a beautiful work in progress for 5-10 years. In their own ways, each of the blog author’s talk about some of their lessons learned and I am a sponge, trying to soak it all up.
I am learning as I go and so far so good. Since I began running with the idea of this blog and absorbing all the information I could to start the process, one thing has eluded me. One thing has been a thorn in the side. One thing is just not cooperating the way I want it to. Photos. The bain of my existence thus far on the internet as you can tell from my yellowish pictures on previous posts and staging uhhh..issues.
I spent about 4 hours last night reading about aperture, shutter speed, lighting and ISO. All terms related to my handy dandy expensive camera and all things that will help improve my photo game- My seriously lacking photo game. Ugg. The topic is so dry I’d rather do almost anything than study it. I don’t think I’m any smarter after my 4 hours reading and judging from the other’s I’ve read who have also walked this path, it takes a long time to see improvement, years even. Really? Determined as I often am, I do realize that professional photographers work on their craft for many many years. I did read, happily mind you….very happily, that there are some very successful food bloggers out there that actually use the automatic mode on their high tech camera as well. And, much to my relieved over-read mind, there are even some wonderful bloggers who solely use their iphone. Fantastic! There is hope! (Big smile!)
Never having picked up a REAL camera before I moved to the country a few years ago, I have made some definite progress. After all, I’ve spent the past few years photographing cattle, especially during calving season and the photographs have improved immensely. Cattle rarely cooperate for photos if you tell them too though so I realized quickly that I had to take many many photos to get that great shot. And, lighting in the late afternoon glistening off the hair on their backs looked really fantastic in the camera lens. Well, this doesn’t translate as well to food and food isn’t even moving around like the bovine lovelies. Lighting is the key component and lighting and I are becoming friends, slowly. Luckily, I have learned a couple little tricks involving white roll paper and aluminum foil covered cardboard panels and so far those pointers have helped. I spent some time practicing today and the photos contained in this post are results of my efforts. Now, in order to get the best light like these photos, I just have to make dinner around 11:30 am. Perfect! (Smile)
I will continue to work on my photo game, but I am not going to stress anymore over it. As an enormously overly used statement in my former working life used to go, “It is what it is.” So, alas, my pictures are going to be what they are going to be until they aren’t any longer. Thank you for looking past that until I can get the hang of it.
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