Photo Help For Business Website?

Business By CocoaBlondie Updated 23 Nov 2010 , 1:49pm by jillmakescakes

CocoaBlondie Posted 22 Nov 2010 , 3:06am
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Hey there, I've seen so many beautiful photos one here. My question is how can I improve my photos. I've seen some backdrops & great lighting. Also do I need a certain kind of camera. I'm so bad at picture taking. I'm concerned that the photos on my website do not look professional. I want my customers to see my gallery in good taste. Also If there are pictures from the past is there a way to fix them up? Thanks for listening. I'll take any advice you can give me.

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homebasedbaking Posted 22 Nov 2010 , 3:26am
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CocoaBlondie,

I don't know if this will help, but I bookmarked this site some time ago and it provided some pretty good information about photographing wedding cakes. Take a peak, if I find more I will definitely post it.
http://www.weddingcakesacrossamerica.com/WCAATips_CakePhotography.cfm

You may also want to join LinkIn.com and post a questions to one of the professional photography forums, either Photography Industry Professionals or Women in Photography, someone should be able to give you some tips. Hope this helps.

CocoaBlondie Posted 22 Nov 2010 , 3:35am
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Thank you for the post.Wow, So some of these cakes are done in an studio type setting. I don't have the camera specified in the link. I might want to look in to that.

homebasedbaking Posted 22 Nov 2010 , 2:08pm
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CocoaBlondie,

Something else you might want to look into is seeing if there is a photography school in your area and if the instructor or Director of the School, i.e. high school Principal, might allow students to practice on your cakes, in turn you get the digital copy to use as you please, thereby helping the students and building your portfolio. You may also offer this opportunity to a novice photographer, at least until you can start photographing yourself. Just a thought...

jason_kraft Posted 22 Nov 2010 , 3:52pm
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I recommend purchasing a Canon digital camera and reading the manual to understand the camera's features. I use macro mode (for focusing on close-up subjects) for all my pictures and they turn out pretty well.

More info on macro photography:
http://www.digital-photography-school.com/macro-photography-tips-for-compact-digital-camera-users

jillmakescakes Posted 22 Nov 2010 , 11:58pm
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this is the backdrop I use. its a tri-fold posterboard that I got at michaels and then I used some velcro to attach fabric. The nice thing is that it folds away for easy storage and it only weighs about 1 pound.

CocoaBlondie Posted 23 Nov 2010 , 3:50am
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Originally Posted by jasonkraft

I recommend purchasing a Canon digital camera and reading the manual to understand the camera's features. I use macro mode (for focusing on close-up subjects) for all my pictures and they turn out pretty well.

More info on macro photography:
http://www.digital-photography-school.com/macro-photography-tips-for-compact-digital-camera-users





Do you remember how much you paid for it? Thanks

CocoaBlondie Posted 23 Nov 2010 , 3:52am
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Originally Posted by jillmakescakes

this is the backdrop I use. its a tri-fold posterboard that I got at michaels and then I used some velcro to attach fabric. The nice thing is that it folds away for easy storage and it only weighs about 1 pound.




I did think of this at one point. Glad to here it worked for someone. Can you get a trifold tall & wide enough for 4- tiered cakes?

jason_kraft Posted 23 Nov 2010 , 3:55am
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I bought a Canon Powershot SD780IS a while ago for ~$150, that's the going rate for midrange Powershot models. Don't worry too much about megapixels, anything more than 7 megapixels is a waste unless you intend to blow up your pictures to be poster size.

CocoaBlondie Posted 23 Nov 2010 , 4:10am
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Thanks for the input. That doesn't seem like a bad price.

jillmakescakes Posted 23 Nov 2010 , 1:49pm
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yes, you can get the tri fold big enough for 4 tier cakes. mine is just about 3 feet tall. sorry that the pics didn't attach-- whats going on with that by the way?--

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