Photographing Cakes

Business By SugarSweetCakes Updated 16 Jul 2012 , 2:03pm by SugarSweetCakes

SugarSweetCakes Posted 11 Jul 2012 , 3:01pm
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What kind of camera does everyone use to photograph their cakes? Also, do you use any special lighting? I am in need of a new camera. The one I have now I find doesn't really capture the true color of the cake... especially purple (the cakes I make with purple always look blue).

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shannycakers Posted 11 Jul 2012 , 3:09pm
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hi, i use a regular camera, then adjust image in edit..see the pm I just sent you for exact instructions..

theresaf Posted 11 Jul 2012 , 6:24pm
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I use my Iphone camera! Zoom in, out adjust the lighting. I have a Leica Mini too that I sometimes use, but I am very happy using my Iphone camera. Most of the current pictures in my gallery are Iphone shots only. Plus I prefer using outside light coming in rather than deal with the shadow of a nearby light. That's a whole different set of problems I like to avoid!

FromScratchSF Posted 11 Jul 2012 , 6:48pm
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Almost everything I learned about photographing my cakes started here:

I have a regular digital camera but I made sure it had a manual macro setting when I bought it. I think it was under $400.

I use Picasa to do basic edits like simple color/exposure adjustments and Photoshop for stuff I need to clean up and to add my logo. I also have Lightroom but am still learning how to use it.

If you have the room for the set up, you can also buy all-in-one studio set-ups like this:

I have a bigger one but it was about $100 on Amazon - I can't find the link.

There are also tutorials online for DIY lightboxes out of cardboard boxes and tissue paper.

Good luck!

FromScratchSF Posted 11 Jul 2012 , 6:50pm
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Oh, I also prefer to photograph against a gray background instead of white. That's a stylistic decision for me.

bitabread Posted 11 Jul 2012 , 8:30pm
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I think the most important factor when getting a new camera to take picture of the cakes is to have the Macro option. Macro will enhace the colors and details of the cakes.

SugaredSaffron Posted 11 Jul 2012 , 10:39pm
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Here's a good link about food photography, the blog has other interesting posts on the subject as well:

I used to use my iPhone but the quality just isn't as great as a proper camera imo. It did work quite well if I could get the lighting right though. I just bought a DSLR, its a canon 450D that was recommended to me by some photographers with a 50mm 1.8f lens. The quality is crazy so if you want to get a bit into food photography or you are willing to do some research on the basics of SLR's then I would recommend getting one. Otherwise get a nice clean background, some good natural lighting and free editing software to fix up any white balance and contrast issues. I'm certainly no [insert famous photographer here] and I took this photo after playing with apertures for a couple of days Obv that couldn't be done with a normal point and shoot but then again you wouldn't need to photograph a lare cake in the same style.

ellavanilla Posted 12 Jul 2012 , 1:29am
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another vote for the macro setting. my colors were all wrong until i learned about that little button.

mydearbakes Posted 12 Jul 2012 , 11:10am
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My vote goes to macro mode too. It does enhance the quality of your photo. Using a DSLR cam helps too =)

CyberKat Posted 12 Jul 2012 , 1:29pm
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thanks for posting this!! I found it very helpful icon_smile.gif

FullHouse Posted 12 Jul 2012 , 7:47pm
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Funny this thread is up today. I just brought 2 of these Groupon deals this morning. They have quite a few different classes. I would love to take about 4 of them (101, 102, Portrait, Lighting), but figured I'd buy 2 to start.

$29 for a Four-Week Online Photography Class from flying photo school ($97 Value)

lorieleann Posted 13 Jul 2012 , 1:26am
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I have a Nikon D40 and i shoot with a 35mm 1.8/f lens.(I LOVE this camera and lens. i got it when i was shooting the kids when they were babies. it is a fixed length lens, but takes great photos in natural and low light. It also works pretty well on food) I also have a SB-400 speedlight that is good for bouncing light off the ceiling instead of a straight-on flash when natural light isn't available. To 'studio' shoot I have taken to black foam core because i was getting to many issues with white board.

SugarSweetCakes Posted 16 Jul 2012 , 1:59pm
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Thank you all for your help!! I know very little about cameras lol. How do I know if the camera has the macro setting?

Do you think this is a nice camera? I can't spend too much & I def can't afford an SLR camera.

SugarSweetCakes Posted 16 Jul 2012 , 2:03pm
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Originally Posted by FromScratchSF

If you have the room for the set up, you can also buy all-in-one studio set-ups like this:

I have a bigger one but it was about $100 on Amazon - I can't find the link.

I saw those before on Amazon & I thought about buying one, but I'm worried the 3+ tiered cakes won't fit inside the box? It looks like it has a roof on it, can you take just the roof off & leave just the walls/floor?

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