Sunday, April 19, 2009

No light box, so how'd I get these shots?

Do you want to know how I took this lovely photo?


How about this one?


I bet you think I have a fancy schmancy DLR Camera (or is it SLR?)...


how-to-food-blog-photosNope.




I bet you think I have a fancy schmancy light box?


Nope.




Wanna know how I did it?




Are you ready?




Are you sure?




Okay, here you go...






A chair, a white plate, a spray bottle filled with water, and a couple of pieces of wax paper taped to the window to diffuse the direct sunlight. That's it. I set my camera up on a tri-pod, turn the dial thingy to "auto", zoom in, and click.
:)

35 comments:

  1. You take amazing pictures. Thanks for showing us how it's done.

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  2. Thank you for showing us! I was just having a nervous breakdown this morning about how to take professional looking photos. You just turned it all on its head for me.

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  3. I never knew wax paper will do the trick to diffuse the sunlight! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. you are brilliant...i can cook like nobody's business, but my photography needs help! thanks for the tip!

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  5. Thanks for the great tip! Gorgeous shots!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  6. You're getting better all the time! Awesome pics!

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  7. Gosh you guys, you make me blush. Thanks so much!

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  8. Patrincia, thanks so much for sharing, especially the wax paper trick!! I hope someday my photos look as great as yours.
    -Julie

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  10. Thanks Susan and Julie - you guys are so sweet!

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  11. really great tip- thanks - I currently run around my house looking for the best light...not very convenient right before dinner.

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  12. Very nice pictures...

    ...and I love your tips!

    I can't wait to put them to use - thanks a ton for the inside photography info :)

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  13. well isn't that just the neatest trick, thanks for sharing with us.
    Molly

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  14. Mornin' Girlfriend...

    Ohhh my...I love this post!!! Thank you so much for sharing it with us for Sunday Favorites this week!!! I have really become fascinated with photography since I've started blogging...I'm certainly an amateur and don't know much about it at all but find the challenge of it...sooo much fun! So this post, really intriqued me!!! OMG...never knew that you could put wax paper on the window to diffuse the light...that's an awesome tip!!! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!!! Your photos of the tomatoes are simply gorgeous...all magazine worthy...that's for sure!!!

    So happy to have you join in with the fun of Sunday Favorites again this week, my friend!!!

    Have a marvelous Monday!
    Chari

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  15. Hi Girlfriend...

    So sorry for the problems with hooking up for Sunday Favorites! If I had known which post you were going to use I sure would have changed your link with Mr.Linky! Shoot! Well, maybe you should rerun this next week...it's such a great post! I remember it very well...I'm so interested in photography...I'm just an amateur but have lots of fun with it anyway! I love how you got these great shots of the tomatoes...I didn't know that you could do this! Thanks for the great tips!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari

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  16. Wow, what great tips!!! They are awesome pictures and look extremely professional...never would have guessed how you did it! I'll have to try this! Miss Bloomers

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  17. Ingenious!! I am always wanting to learn more about taking better pictures!! thanks for the great tip and I hope you will be sharing more great ideas like this with us!

    blessings
    mary

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  18. Wow that worked great. I didn't even know what a light box was before this week. Now they are becoming an everyday accessory in the blog world. Your idea seems more practical to me.

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  19. What a wonderful tip! thank you for sharing!

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  20. They sure are awesome pics - - - you must be pretty clever!!! (Not to be mistaken with cleaver)

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  21. Mornin' Girlfriend...

    So sorry that I'm so late in getting by...this weekend was just crazy busy at my place! I'm so glad that you rerun this fabulous post again this week...it's such a great one! I hated that your link didn't work out last week and that people missed it! This is a great tip for getting really good "still shots"! So glad that you shared it with us for Sunday Favorites!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari

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  22. PS...the photos of the tomatoes are sooo good...just makes me want to grab one and take a big ol' bite out of it!!! Hehe!

    Chari

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  23. Your photography is gorgeous! Thanks for always sharing it, and the tips are super. I have been relegated to using my iphone, but one day soon will graduate to a grown up camera and tripod. Yay.

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  24. What a good idea to use wax paper and a spray bottle. You are so clever!

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  25. Awesome! I love it. Now I just have to start cooking in the daytime :|

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  26. See that tape you used? You can tape medical x-rays to a window - preferably one without panes - mid-day - take a photo, and be able to eMail them. OH! Make sure you don't have a hedge in the yard, or trees, makes a lousy background. Sky or snow would be great.
    Just sharing.
    Where do you live ?

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