I’m the proud owner of a new camera!

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I am super excited about this! I no longer have to post crappy phone photos of my food on this blog. It was about time that I bought a new camera. Thankfully an old friend from high school who I was in the photography department with happens to own his own camera store and he gave me a super great deal on a display model. I got a Canon Rebel XSi with a 50mm 1.8 lens and he threw in a camera bag too. 

After the designer worked out Blissful Bites, there were a few spaces that needed more photos to get rid of some white space I didn't like. Since I'm in Dallas and my photographers (Melissa and Melanie) are in Los Angeles, I took it upon myself to do the photos. I will say that yes I used to be a photographer and it was my first major in college. No, I have never done food photography before this. Not my speciality then, but I'm dedicated to learning more and making it my speciality now 🙂

Here are two shots that I liked, that turned out pretty well. I need to practice more for sure! These were taken indoors right by the back door, on a very overcast day. I still haven't figured out how to make those conditions work best but here's what I got.

I will have to invest in more backgrounds, tablecloths, and other pretty serving ware for this new hobby of mine because I have nothing after the move to Texas. Where is the best place for that? Maybe thrift stores?

Do you have any tricks to share with me about food photography and dealing with low light?


Comment List

  • Nicole 21 / 04 / 2011 Reply

    Your photos look fantastic! It is difficult to have to be at the mercy of the weather gods in order to get the proper natural light, which is why I invested in a photo lightbox with 3 daylight lamps (about $200 total).

    I'm always on the lookout for backgrounds, cloth napkins and pretty serving ware. I get mine from thrift stores, Ikea and little markets in Chinatown.

    • Christy Morgan 21 / 04 / 2011 Reply

      I will have to wait a few months before I have it in the budget for the light box, but thanks for the recommendation!

  • sarah-mai 21 / 04 / 2011 Reply

    Great shots!  A 5D is on my wishlist 🙂  For low light, a tripod works best for me.  I use my Leica Delux 4 for all of my shots and a miniature tripod I can set up on any table.

    • Christy Morgan 21 / 04 / 2011 Reply

      Thanks! I need to get a better tripod for sure. Mine is so dinky it wouldn't hold up the camera lol!

  • Allyson 21 / 04 / 2011 Reply

    Christy, your photos look awesome! Yay for the new camera… the 50mm 1.8 is a fantastic lens too. You wanna know something funny? I actually prefer overcast to sunny days since the light tends to be more evenly distributed over the food. 😀

    If this is your first time with the camera, your pics will be stunning in a very short time; your photography background shows! 🙂 Definitely time to hit up those thrift stores! Lucky lady <3

    • Christy Morgan 21 / 04 / 2011 Reply

      Thanks Allyson! Yeah, I guess overcast is good. I remember from school that dusk and dawn are the best times to shoot. I just need to get a reflector thingy to deal with shadows. 

  • JL goes Vegan 21 / 04 / 2011 Reply

    First, your pics look awesome! Second, you don't need to spend $200 on a light box and lamps. My husband made me a light box.  He used parchment paper on top and sides and bought $3 utility lamps (2).  Tutorial here:  http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2010/11/how-to-build-light-box-photography.html &nbsp; Works great!

    • Christy 24 / 04 / 2011 Reply

      Thanks JL! And thank you for the info on how to build my own light box. I'm all for it 🙂

  • tiffany 24 / 04 / 2011 Reply

    love the photos! i have that EXACT same casserole dish!

    not sure where you are in dallas, but there is a great salvation army thrift store on inwood just north of I-35. it's huge.

    hope your dad gets better soon, i know it's a tough battle, but he's lucky to have you to help him show those doctors how to handle this!

    • Christy Morgan 25 / 04 / 2011 Reply

      The dish is my dad’s actually, so vintage 🙂 Thanks for the tip on Salv Army! I’m in Bedford actually but I’m in Dallas all the time. I will stop by.

      Dad goes back to the doctor next month to get a check up. Can’t wait to see the results!

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