The Photography Post

Like I mentioned in the blogging post, I'm not an expert in blogging or photography, but I may or may not have some advice that will help you. I really would like to take a photography class sometime soon so I can lean more. I have a photography book that I've read through a few times, but honestly, it didn't really help me much.

I think the best way you can learn is by playing around with your camera and taking a lot of pictures. I think my pictures have gotten better over the years just because I've taken so many and practiced.

I take pictures using my Nikon D40. I purchased it maybe... 2 1/2 years ago. I love my camera! I've gotten so much use out of it and I definitely think it was worth the $$$ I paid. I believe any of the Nikon or Canon SLR cameras would be good investments. Eric and my sister both use Canon Rebels, and my dad uses a Nikon D3000.


I will probably upgrade eventually, but for now, my Nikon is treating me well. I even bought a new sling bag for it! (I was sick of lugging it around in my purse.)

I use a 60 mm macro lens or a 18-55 mm lens when I shoot pictures of the desserts I've made. The 18-55 mm came with the camera body, and the macro was an investment I made last year.

There are plenty of point and shoot cameras out there that would work just fine... don't feel that you need to run out and buy an expensive DSLR. I've had my Canon Powershot for years and it still takes really good pictures.

Photography vocabulary!

The Nikon D40 is an SLR camera - single lens reflex camera. An SLR camera allows you to manually adjust the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO.

Shutter speed is how long the camera shutter is open (exposure time).

Aperture is the size of the opening in the lens when a picture is taken. Aperture is measured in “F Stops.” The size of the stop affects depth of field. Smaller stops (larger f numbers) produce a longer depth of field, allowing objects at a wide range of distances to all be in focus at the same time.

The ISO number refers to the sensitivity of the image sensor. The lower the ISO number, the less sensitive the camera is to light. Higher ISOs are better in darker situations, but the pictures will be grainier.



- Don't use the flash unless necessary!

- Use natural light, if possible. I know this is difficult for food bloggers in the winter. I'm lucky I can take pictures of my desserts in the daytime.

- Have a steady hand when you take pictures or use a tripod.

- Invest in a light diffuser/reflector. I use my diffuser when there's too much light coming through my window. (Especially during the summer months.)


- Use two white boards as your background. I set them on a little table by my window, place the food on top, and then take pictures. I think I'm going to start experimenting with wooden backgrounds now, though.

- Use interesting props, backgrounds, dishes, placemats, to make your photos pop.

- Use a photo editing program such as Photoshop, Picnik, Picasa, etc. to edit your pictures.

That's really all the advice I have for you. I have a lot to learn and this post has inspired me to do so. I've read the blog posts about photography from these blogging experts and I've already learned so much! I would recommend reading these links if you're looking to improve your photography.

*Edible Perspective

*Vegan Yum Yum

*The Pioneer Woman

*Simply Recipes

*La Tartine Gourmande

Feel free to leave any advice/tips in the comments section... I know I would love to read them and I'm sure others would as well.

Cupcake post coming soon. I know more about cupcakes than photography.




  1. Thanks for the tips,
    Your images are incredible and clear

  2. Thanks for the tips! I am really hoping that my husband and I can upgrade my little point and shoot camera to a Nikon DSLR soon! I need all the help I can get, your food always looks so delicious, and I hope one day I can make my food look as good as I think it tastes!

  3. You ARE an expert and an inspiration in photography to me! :)

  4. Great tips! And your photos are stunning!

  5. Loved it! I'm going to try that white board trick. I really think I need a different lens, though. Not in the budget now, unfortunately.

  6. I know my food photos are crap, but I'm just so lazy. Back in the days of film *gets out rocking chair* I had a totally manual SLR and was perfectly happy with it. When I went digital I rejected any form of adjustment. I have yet to learn what all of the gizmos and doohickeys on my camera are. I just want to point and shoot. I have my light box now, but I'm often too lazy to set it up and don't really know the best way to place the lights anyway. Then I wonder my my blog doesn't get much traffic. One of the biggest critiques of food blogs is that bad food blogs have bad photos.

  7. Your photos are always so beautiful! I'm thinking about getting a DSLR camera soon. Probably Nikon!

  8. Can I just say, I love you! I love your honesty and your willingness to help others! I feel like I read and read but just don't get it. I know practice the missing component for me but with 2 little ones, it's just not something I have a lot of. Thank you for your post but also for the links you provided. I really enjoyed reading them and maybe if I reread them daily, it will eventually sink in and Oprah will call to have me on her show (PW, I'm talking about you!). Thanks again.

  9. Gorgeous pictures, I just got a canon rebel. Before I had an old point and click. I wish I had more time to learn the features.

  10. Fabulous tips!! Thanks so much :-) Your photos are definitely AMAZING!

  11. My photography skills seriously need an overhaul. I don't even use that white board trick, but now I'm going to. It just seems that I get too impatient to take pictures when I see a delicious treat in front of me needing to be eaten!

  12. I use two white boards too sometimes, It definitely helps and I totally agree with natural lighting and no flash...I've learned that along the way too!

  13. Thanks for sharing those tips. I have the same camera and i am still learning how to use it too. Who knew it would be this confusing :S

  14. What a great post, Emily! Really useful.

    Hey, you and I use the same type of camera! I wish I had a macro lens, though.

    Gorgeous work, sweetie!

  15. Awesome tips!

    I am just learning more and more every day about what's working and whats not.

    Love your blog!! :D

  16. Nice post! I've become addicted to learning how to use my camera and edit in PSE. It's a good addiction but has led to a slow down in reading my fave blogs. For me reading my manual and then trying out the setting was the way to go. I also found it took reading the same info time & time again to make it stick.

  17. Valuable info. Lucky me I found your site by accident, I bookmarked it.

  18. I really like wooden backdrops. I got a hold of some wood floor samples from when my parents redid their house and I love them!

  19. I was just catching up on some of my favorite blogs (you included) and came across this post. Thanks so much for the tips! One of my New Year's resolutions is to get better with my camera, especially for food shots.
    I can't believe you don't consider yourself a pro, you had me fooled!