Simone's Kitchen

How to: Shoot a cake

I am not sure when the whole photographing a cake-thing started, but I believe it was after I had done a course in decorating cakes at Oldenhof in Hilversum. I got so enthusiastic that I started searching the internet for more information on decorating cakes and ended up at the forum De leukste taarten where I then posted this photo

of one of the cupcakes I had made. I got so many comments on my photo, rather then on the cupcake itself, that I started thinking that there might be people interested in doing a workshop on how to photograph their own cupcakes in a better way. With just simple tools and daylight, nothing too fancy.

taartje11And the rest is more or less history; I started giving the workshops about a year ago and have been doing them with regular intervals ever since. It’s fun and I think most people get home with a better sense of how to improve their photos in a simple way.

So what I will be doing here is to give some tips on how to improve your (food) photos in a very simple way. It’s for pure beginners, so don’t expect anything to complicated or fancy.

Most people will be shooting with a regular digital compact and that is also what this is aimed at, although I will be explaining a bit about aperture, shutterspeed and all that stuff, so if you own a SLR and are also a beginner, it might be an interesting read!

It’s going to be a string of articles, which I will all put together on a page which you can find on the top. It will be sorted by topic for easy navigation. If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment or send me a mail!

I will be writing the articles over the next couple of days/weeks, so stay tuned for more to come! Have fun!

7 comments

  1. I’m looking forward to any tips you have. I post a lot of pictures on my blog and would like them to look a little bit better, but have no idea how to do it.

  2. What a wonderful site!! I’m looking forward to reading more! May I add you to my blogroll?

  3. Be sure to visit my blog then for more tips… 🙂 I will be posting some of the tips this week. You can find it in the page-area on top under “Photography Howto”. If you have any questions just let me know! (PS. I added you to my blogrol!)

  4. Hello fellow Daring Baker! My Rebel and I could use a few tips, I am looking forward to this series!

  5. Hello from Texas! I love, love, love your site and all the tips on photography you offer beginners like myself. I’m looking forward in reading your latest articles on photographing cupcakes and the lighting elements. Although I have been using my Canon 10D for almost a year now, I know I still need some guidance. I’m still not sure what to set the white balance to…or the shutter speed…or maybe that’s the same thing…see I need help. My photos are getting a little better but I still need the extra help. Come by my site when you have a chance and let me know what you think of my work. Thanks so much for all the wonderful information.

  6. Hello from Texas! I love, love, love your site and all the tips on photography you offer beginners like myself. I’m looking forward in reading your latest articles on photographing cupcakes and the lighting elements. Although I have been using my Canon 10D for almost a year now, I know I still need some guidance. I’m still not sure what to set the white balance to…or the shutter speed…or maybe that’s the same thing…see I need help. My photos are getting a little better but I still need the extra help. Come by my site when you have a chance and let me know what you think of my work. Thanks so much for all the wonderful information.

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