We have finally made it to the last unit in our Sears Grilling photography course! It’s bittersweet, as I feel that I have accomplished so much with my photography yet I’m sad to see the class come to an end! This post acts as my recap of the course as well some of my favorite photographs that I took while participating.
Thoughout the past 6 weeks, I have learned so much about the different aspects of photography as well as my camera. I learned how to create a better “path to purchase,” telling a story with my photographs so well that my viewers feel as if they were there in the store with me. This will help me get more animated and realistic with my future blog posts.
We also discussed product photography, and how to use different settings on the camera to get a variety of effects. The subject should always be front and center so that your viewers know what they are looking at. It can be difficult to photograph a shiny new grill out in the light of the sun, but it can be done with a few tricks! Overexposure of the photo when taking a picture of metal is one way to better the quality.
We eventually ventured into the art of food photography. This was no doubt my favorite part of the course. I wanted to learn how to take photographs of my meals that made my readers drool! I wanted them to visualize the food as if there were right there at the table with my family, enjoying the dinner with us!
I learned how to take better photos during the cooking process, using different angles and while avoiding direct sunlight. The sun can create harsh shadows and lights on your photos, so it’s best to take outdoor pictures in the shade or when the sun is behind clouds.
We were also instructed on how to stage foods on the plate once they were done to create aesthetically pleasing photographs. We learned more about lighting and how it is one of the most important aspects of a quality photo. Background is also important. Things like bounce cards and paper can help you achieve the right lighting and background for your food photography.
Finally, we put our skills to the test and were given the assignment of photographing an entire get together from start to finish. We were to capture the preparation of the food as well as the cooking. The presentation on the plate was important as well!
I want to thank Sears Grilling for being the sponsor of this fantastic photography course, and for providing my family with a grill to use for the meals! Thanks to Social Fabric as well for offering this course as part of #SoFabU!
Finally, thanks to everyone who has given support via comments, Twitter shares, and more. I feel that my photography has really improved and I was happy to get to share my progress with the world on my blog!
I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Sears. All photos and opinions are my own. #CBias #GrillingisHappiness