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Baking with Cameras, A Guide to Photography in the Kitchen!

Your camera’s just as badass as you are in the kitchen.

With your sleeves rolled up, you can both take on a little batter, and you can both definitely take on some cocoa dusted Belgian chocolate anything.

With this mid-holiday season insanity, there’s nothing that sounds better than taking a little break from it all with your camera in one hand and a spatula in the other (okay, maybe not at the same time).

Here’s a little roundup on tips for shooting in the kitchen, camera gadgets for better photos, and an extra-special section down ‘low on edible photographs and cameras. Yep, you heard us.

Photos and cameras you can eat. Go. read. now. ↓

1. Tips for Taking Better Food Photos:

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Your two main perpetrators are 1) not having enough light and 2) having the wrong white balance.

To combat the the low light issue:

  • Shoot with a wide aperture
  • Raise ISO to capture more light
  • If your shutter speed < 1/60, use a tripod or flash.
  • Direct flash is too harsh for food (makes too many shadows & makes food glisten in potentially unappetizing ways), so you might try a flash bounce or a diffuser.

To combat the white balance issue, try these white balance settings:

  • In natural light, go with a daylight setting.
  • If it’s especially cloudy or shady with a blue cast, use a cloudy or shady setting.
  • If you have lamps on inside, set your white balance to Tungsten to offset the orange shade.
  • Or set a custom white balance using a grey card or something like a white balance lens cap.

Onward! Here are a few guides full of really handy tips for shooting in the kitchen and hey, even at the table.

2. Gadgets for Better Food Photos:

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There might be a couple reasons why you have a camera in the kitchen. Y’know, besides proving to everyone that you look really good in an apron.

It might be to document the process (maybe you have a blog!) or you’re simply a foodie that appreciates what goes into making something that looks as good as it tastes.

These gadgets are not only the extra hand you’ll need if you’re playing with flour, kneading dough, or whisking eggs, but they’ll help you get better shots, too!

  • A camera holder. Something like this Camera Capture Clip lets you wear your DSLR on your belt, keeping your camera safely out of the way.
  • Shutter triggers. The iOShutter lets you set off your DSLR’s shutter via sound, motion triggers & more. Helpful for when your hands are full.
  • A tripod. To prevent motion blur, so your photos are nice and sharp.
  • A phone stand. When you’re not using as a tripod, you can use it as a stand for reading recipes on your phone. Also check out the Tiltpod.
  • A level. Saves you time from having to go back and edit.
  • A mini camera crew. The Swivl is a phone stand that follows your every move via a remote sensor. Shoot vids of yourself or set up a video-chat.
  • A flash bounce or diffuser. Direct flash is too harsh. With the right amount of diffusion, you can take flash photos that don’t even look like they were shot with flash.
  • A grey card or white balance lens cap. Set a custom white balance to measure the temperature of the light that you’re shooting in. It’ll make your shots look more like they were shot in natural lighting.

3. Blogs & Photographers That’ll Inspire You:

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You’ll love these guys if you don’t already.

4. Camera Geek Wares for Your Kitchen:

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Your kitchen’s the one room in your house that’s missing that photo geekery you’re so well-known for! There’s a chance you didn’t know some of this stuff even existed.

A kitchen timer that looks like a lens and camera bag that you can use as a lunch cooler? Totes.

The f/60 Lens Kitchen Timer — A timer that looks like a lens.

Camera Cookie Cutters — For true photo geeks. Rangefinder, TLR & SLR shapes!

Ceramic Lens Mugs — For the classy coffee drinker. Ceramic with fine lens detailing.

Lens Shot Glasses — That bread pudding could do with a little shot of a brandy, and so could you.

The Egg Carton Film Case — This thing is made to keep your 35mm rolls of film fresh in the fridge. Just make sure your roomie doesn’t try to make a scramble with ‘em.

Canon & Nikon Lens Mugs — These come in telephoto and zoom, and that’s all you need to know.

The Camera Cooler Bag — This is a camera bag that can double as a cooler bag!

5. Photos & Cameras You Can Actually Eat!:

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Yes, finally! Here are all the delicious photos and cameras that will happily digest in your tummy.

Gingerbread cameras — Our DIY tutorial for making TLRs and even a Mamiya from cookie dough!

Instagram chocolate — Cocoagraph will turn your phone photos into chocolate.

Photo cupcakes — Printable icing sheets means you can print a photo onto icing and eat your own face.

Camera cookies — Cookies that look like cameras. Glass free!

Photo lollipops — Same idea as the cupcakes. Lick.

Photo credits: 1. Joanna Karenina, 2. The iPhone SLR Mount, 3. Smitten Kitchen


   
   
How to Be Part of a Global Food Photo Exhibit (Help End Hunger, Too)

You’re ravenous. A most delectable grilled cheese sits before you, melty sides catching your eye.

It’s too beautiful to eat without photographing first!

On February 24th at 12pm EST, you’ll discover you’re not the only one. It’s a global day of photographing your food!

The Meal is calling all foodie photographers to participate in a global food photo exhibit. Your simultaneously shot photos will be collected and shown at The Brooklyn Art Library on March 31st.

It’s for a good cause, too! The Meal has partnered with Action Against Hunger, a non-profit who battles hunger around the world.

It all comes full-circle: your hunger-induced photo helps end hunger for others. Not even scarfing down a grilled cheese sandwich could beat that satisfaction.

The Meal: Documenting a Global Snack

Heads up! If you do submit, that means they can use your photo for promotional reasons. However, they’ll never sell your photo for profit. Read the deets on the Project Agreement!


   
   
How to Make Gingerbread Cameras


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Ansel Adams once said, “You don’t take a photograph, you make it”. Well this year, we’re making the cameras.

Forget about gingerbread men, women, and houses. Our pals Doug and Jenny got into the holiday spirit by making gingerbread cameras!

They showed us just how they did it, so you can make one at home, too.

Make a TLR, rangefinder or a Hasselblad. You can have any camera on your wish list!

Make Gingerbread Cameras

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Tired: Your Photo on a Box of Wheaties; Wired: Your Photo on a Bottle of Pop

Jones Soda Custom Photo BottlesWhether you call it pop or soda, it’s bubbly, cold, teeth-rotting, and awfully tasty.

And now, armed with your photos, you can make it truly yours.

If you already know about Jones Soda, you probably know that they’re a tiny soda company that’s made unique flavors (like Bubble Gum, Green Apple, and Strawberry) since 1995; and you probably know that their bottles feature beautiful photography.

What most people don’t know is that you can upload a photo of your choice to the Jones website and they’ll ship you a custom 12-pack with your pic on the bottle.

Customization doesn’t come cheap; a dozen bottles will set you back $35 + shipping. But it is easy: Upload a photo, choose your soda flavor, tap in your credit card, then sit back and wait for bubbly refreshment to arrive at your doorstep.

myJones, Custom Photo Soda Bottles
www.myjones.com


   
   
Photo Cupcakes: Have your face and eat it too!

cupcakes_1.jpgJust when you thought cakes and cupcakes couldn’t get any better, here come the happy and fun-loving folks over at Icing Images.

Simply send them your digital photograph and they send you back edible icing! Lickety split!

Your tasty photo icing arrives as sheets of sugar on paper backing, sealed in a plastic bag. You can slide it onto cakes, cookies, or cupcakes right away; or store it for up to 6 months. Instructions are included, and sizes range from 11×17 to 2.5” round so you have plenty of options.

Photo cupcakes are our new favorite thing. Read on to see how we made ours…

How to make your own photo cupcakes
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