This tutorial shows some steps and tips to take pictures of your sugar art. I have seen a lot of DONTS around, lots of cookies and cupcakes that look to shinny because the photographer used FLASH, or bad light, or no light, or heavy filters, or they show messy backgrounds !!!! I’m a big advocate of DO NOT USE FLASH! at least not with certain things. This tutorial shows how to take pictures of small things , maybe closeups and to show details. To take pictures of things that you can not place in a specific background you need other tutorial (coming soon) .
Ok so lets start.
1. Natural light! or appropriate illumination, do not use yellow light or fluorescent it will distort the picture real colors. Place your table by the window, or go outside and place your table in a well lighted area but not exposed directly to the sun. I love to use my ironing table and drawer liners, the white color reflects a very soft light and makes my cookies and little objects more sharp and people can see their real colors.
2. Support I use my ironing table but any portable table will do the trick.
3. Backgrounds. I use scrapbook paper, and Canson watercolor paper for my backgrounds, i love the textures. If you are fan of more intricate background is fine but this should not be shinny or super busy, otherwise your cookies or object will get lost in the image.
4. Be Clean! NO clutter, clean your surfaces, and unless you are using some sort of vintage oldy background it should be spotless. (remember we are trying to sell food to our customers)
5. Clean your phone lens! We know that our cellphones go everywhere with us, the kids and the dogs play with it, and we are not aware of all the dust ,dirt and weird things that get stick to the lens, so use a cloth (those to cleans glasses, even your t-shirt but be careful and don’t scratch it) and clean it before you take the pictures.
6. Choose your models Pick the things you are going to photograph, you can take many pictures in one session and keep them in your phone to continually post them in your IG account. For example take pictures of 12 things and post them one a day or two a day. With 30 minutes of photography you can create content for more than a week.
7. Lets take the pictures! go to you phone a choose the camera (iPhone) if you have android do the same. Choose options and turn on HDR , this option takes multiple picture in one take that way you can choose the best picture depending on watch you are trying to show. My iPhone takes 2 picture and other phones take 3.
8. Turn OFF that FLASH! If you have good light don’t use it, pictures with bad use of flash show the object like they are scared of you. these to pictures were take one after the other, right by my window; the first with no flash and the second with flash. What you think about it? O.o
9. Camera position. Place your camera right on top your object, close enough to show nice space around and enough light.
10. FOCUS! Use the grid and center the focus before you take the picture. Just tap the screen and the camera will four automatically. center the object in the center square even if you are trying to take a sideways picture, or a very close one.
11. Multiple Objects If you are working with multiple objects use the camera on top or sideways, (i use it sideways a lot to show lots of detail and it makes it look like you have lots of things to show ) .
12. Lets post these things! Open your instagram and go to the camera option, Select the library, Select the picture with better light, add the filter.
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OK we need a talk about filters, do not go too dark, or too hot, or too cool. keep it cute! and related to the picture. A dark cookie or cake will look moldy or not too tasty. If you are showing people you can play a little more. Remember we are selling things to eat here, if the picture is just for fun it’s ok to use waterer you like.
After the filter click on next , add a description , hashtags , choose to share just in Instagram or In Facebook twitter, etc as well and Done!
13. the Final result! this is the final picture with a wacky filter just to show the effect of a weird filter. you can see more of my pictures my Instagram account @ellapattocci.