Tips For Taking Good Pictures Of Cookies?

Baking By giland Updated 6 Aug 2009 , 1:46pm by ZlatkaT

giland Posted 4 Aug 2009 , 4:32pm
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I take awful pictures of my cookies. I am not a great photographer and I don't expect anyone to be able to fix that completely but I do have to believe that those of you who take beautiful pictures of your cookies have a few tips that could help improve my pictures. I don't need pictures of my cookies to grow a business as I never plan to sell my cookies, but I would like to not be embarrassed by the pictures I post for fellow cc'ers and it would be nice to have some pictures to email to friends and family to show off my latest works, or to save for posterity to show my son years from now the fish cookies he had at his 4th b-day party.

I did a search but could not find a previous thread on this topic, but I may have missed something so please direct me and forgive me if this is a repeat post.

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KitchenConvert Posted 4 Aug 2009 , 10:34pm
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Hi giland! First, I don't think your pictures are awful! But to answer your question, I definitely don't claim to be a good photographer of my cookies--I could use some help as well! But, here are a few links that may be helpful from CC:
http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-618313-photography.html
http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-626513-photography.html

Here's another link that's on general good photography (found it here on CC in a different thread that I can't find right now):
http://veganyumyum.com/2008/09/food-photography-for-bloggers/
(that one has some amazing tips, not all of which I've tried out b/c I don't have those settings on my camera)

The one thing that really helped me to improve the quality of my pics was taking pictures during the day. In the past, I would be finishing cookies the night before a delivery and wouldn't have time to photograph the next day, so my pictures were always indoor at night, using flash, and the lighting was terrible.

Now, I try to plan ahead if I can so that I have daylight hours to photograph the cookies. Most of them are taken outside, indirect sunlight, no flash, with the "macro" setting on my camera. I've also bought a few scrapbook papers and cloths to help cover up my patio table icon_smile.gif

Hope that helps!

-Tubbs Posted 6 Aug 2009 , 1:30pm
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http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopicp-6405897-.html#6405897
More tips in this thread, including a link for how to make a light box - not difficult and makes a huge difference to the quality of your pics. HTH

ZlatkaT Posted 6 Aug 2009 , 1:46pm
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Your pictures are good(??) I typically make picture of one cookie and safe it to my computer, this way I could remember the details. Or if I am making batch of a theme I put the cookies close to each other and snap pics. There is nothing wrong with your pics.

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