Taking Photos Of Your Cakes, Cookies & Cupcakes

Decorating By cakes22 Updated 11 Feb 2009 , 2:59pm by mlharvell

cakes22 Posted 11 Feb 2009 , 1:15pm
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I was just wondering if you had any tips for taking pictures? I have a really dark kitchen & even with a flash I still get shadows on my cakes. Do you tilt your cakes to get a better angle? Do you "stage" before taking the picture? I'm just curious as I have seen some really amzing photos of cakes/cookies/cupcakes that look like they have been professionally taken, then there are ones like mine where you can see the messy counter top icon_lol.gif
Next question: Do you keep an album of all your work? And if you do, are you printing on glossy paper or just regular paper? (I'm trying to build a portfolio).

Thanks

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TooMuchCake Posted 11 Feb 2009 , 2:31pm
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I have a tutorial website which has a cake photography tutorial on it. You can see it here:
http://www.cakedalaska.com/Caked_Alaska/Photo_tutorial.html

HTH,
Deanna

Dizzymaiden Posted 11 Feb 2009 , 2:38pm
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TooMuchCake - thank you for that tutorial. Sometimes I will copy a cake picture from CC and fix it for fun.

miss_sweetstory Posted 11 Feb 2009 , 2:45pm
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I think Deanna's tutorial is really good.

You might also find some useful information in this posting at Bakerella's blog:
http://bakerella.blogspot.com/2008/09/cupcakes-and-cameras.html
Don't get nervous about all her cool equipment...she gives lots of good tips that that will work no matter what camera you are using. (Scan the comments too, a lot of her readers provided additional tips.)

cas17 Posted 11 Feb 2009 , 2:51pm
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Originally Posted by cakes22

I was just wondering if you had any tips for taking pictures? I have a really dark kitchen & even with a flash I still get shadows on my cakes. Do you tilt your cakes to get a better angle? Do you "stage" before taking the picture? I'm just curious as I have seen some really amzing photos of cakes/cookies/cupcakes that look like they have been professionally taken, then there are ones like mine where you can see the messy counter top icon_lol.gif
Next question: Do you keep an album of all your work? And if you do, are you printing on glossy paper or just regular paper? (I'm trying to build a portfolio).

Thanks




since you've already rec'd great advice on taking pictures i will just emphasize that it is very important to have a portfolio of your work!! mine begins with my class cakes from last spring and everytime i do a cake i add it to my album. i just print them here at home on glossy photo paper and slip them into a photo album so people can flip through my work to get ideas for what they may want and they can see my skill level.

mlharvell Posted 11 Feb 2009 , 2:59pm
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FYI: The flash is what's causing the shadows, not the dark kitchen. You need to shine light near it and then use a manual setting without flash, keep the shutter open longer, and you'll get a picture without harsh shadows.

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