As mentioned yesterday, I participated in a food blogging workshop this past Saturday. It was a lot of fun and inspiring learning from Christina Peters and Amy Paliwoda. We learned about lighting, lensing, composition, and food styling/propping tricks. Not to mention, Christina gave us some helpful PhotoShop tricks on color correction, optimizing images for the web and my new favorite filter - the unsharpen tool. I sort of forgot about this tool but it really helps to add some crispness to your images.
Christina and Amy provided us with a selection of food items and props to choose from which was great - I think it helped me focus a lot more on the photography aspect instead of worrying about where to find my next recipe! So many cookbooks, so little time. :-) The products ranged from lovely French macaroons, rustic breads, jams, vegetables, cheese, etc.
My love for peanut butter and honey sandwiches rivals that of Elvis (I like it with bananas too but didn't include them in the shot) and thought it would be a fun challenge - especially since I wanted to capture the honey pouring onto the bread.
Thanks again to Christina and Amy for making this such a wonderful class. I'm hoping to sign up for another one and highly recommend it for anyone looking to gain more experience shooting food.
Here's another link to the class information: http://www.mdrphotographyclasses.com/