My son takes all my cake portraits, and he's done the photography for an article in ACD - the Gingerbread Barn by Michele Foster. He has been nice enough to make a short tutorial on how to take good pictures of cakes. He's got step-by-step methods for setting, lighting, positioning, point-of-view, and a little bit on camera settings.
Please take a look and let me know what you think of it. This is his first lesson on photography (he's 17) and he'd be glad to hear what you think of it.
speaking as someone who taught HS photography for over 5 years......
V E R Y
W E L L
D O N E !!!!
You have many good reasons to be proud of your son's accomplishments in photography. Thanks for the great tips!
Oh.. so now my cakes will look like a million bucks...
I can't wait to try to take pictures using the method on the tutorial.
Too bad I have to wait until July 12th when i make my twins jungle cake!
I recently posted a plea for help so I could take better pictures of my cakes. I got some good advice and with this great tutorial there is no excuse if my next cake photo is bad. Thanks for posting, your 17 year old is very clever indeed.
Awsome information!!! Now I know what I am doing wrong. I need to hire your son =) ... or follow his wonderful tutorial. Tell him thanks, bunches.
Thank you, Deanna, and thank your son for me, also.
Thank you for posting this! I've been needing some tips on how to take better photos...
Wow! Amazing! Thanks for posting this.
This is sooo cool! Thanks for sharing!
wow thanks! my pics are awful...
I'm glad we could help. He's pleased you're pleased.
Thanks. Those are great tips.
.... just one quick question.... what kind of camera does your son use?
For the tutorial photos, he used my point-and-shoot Nikon CoolPix. He used that to show that you don't *have* to have a complex camera for good cake photos. For his other photography work, he uses a Nikon D1x, which is shown in the photo with the flash set-up.
This is great inforamtion for me. My pictures always come out so bad. Your son is awesome at 17, just imagine what he'll be like in 10 years.
Thank you for sharing.
Just what I needed! I just bought a new p&s camera. I managed to pick up some great tips from his tutorial. I've never been too sure of where the light should be coming from and what not.
Tell him thanks!
Thank you! This is great information I have such trouble taking pictures of my cakes.
Well Done!!!! Thank you so much for posting this info. It will be very helpful.
Thanks so much! Great tutorial!!!
We're glad we could help!
Boy do I need this tutorial! Thanks
Thanks for the tutorial Deanna! Your son did a great job! I do own your sculpting DVD but I haven't done a pet yet. Will your method work with IMBC?
Thank you very much for this Deanna! Please let your son know he has a fan in the UK!
Thanks, Jacqui! I haven't tried it with the IMBC since I like plain ol' buttercream. If you give it a try, can you let me know how it goes? You're the first person who's asked that and I don't know the answer!
Thanks Deanna for posting this. James did a great job on the tutorial and the photos for ACD. I really liked the various views for reference.
I wish I had this info when I first started.
Great pointers.. the only thing I can see is that the backdrop is a bit close to the back of the cake so you can see the wrinkles in the pictures with such a high aperture, but the general information in his tutorial is priceless for a novice photographer. WTG young man!!
I know it's almost impossible to get the same results with a point and shoot as you do with a DSLR/SLR, and his shots are wonderful with your coolpix.
saving this! thanks!!