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post #16 of 30

Like everyone said above.  Few other things I do...

 

1) Taking your photos from afar with a long lens to get the whole cake in focus better.  I use my other half's SLR which is fairly basic and if I take photographs close up with his fixed lens, it can't keep the whole cake in focus.  Sometimes I like that effect but for a full cake shot, I find taking it from a long way away and zooming in is easier.

 

2) If you have a Mac, check out the iPhoto editing software as well.  Photoshop is awesome but a photographer friend recently told me how he uses the iPhoto software more for general colour editing.  I was reluctant at first but it is much easier I think :-)

 

3) Lightboxes can be really cheap!  There are loads of 'how to make a lightbox' online as well but my lightbox only cost about £40.  It's a home lightbox and folds away flat with little pockets on it for the lights to keep everything together.  Again, took some time to get the camera lighting right with it but it now comes out for every cake :-)

 

4) If you aren't already, use a tripod!!  Especially if you are using slow shutter speeds, I think it's the only way to keep it from blurring (even with the super stable hands we decorators usually have).  I put the camera on a tripod with a 5 second capture delay so there is absolutely no movement when the picture is taken.

 

5) I've also found it useful to buy rolls of cheap wallpaper to complement your cakes and give them a nice background.  In the past, I used to use a contrasting background and then delete it but it was fiddly and I'm not sure I liked the effect as much. I figured you would usually align a cake to the venue it was going to be displayed, so why not do that with photographs...

 

Good luck

post #17 of 30

photo editing has a learning curve but I like the results

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post #18 of 30

We did a post a while back of an article we published in the very first issue of Cake Central Magazine. We have some great tips on how to photograph your cakes well without breaking the bank on equipment.

 

http://cakecentral.com/b/tutorial/cake-photography-tips

post #19 of 30
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We did a post a while back of an article we published in the very first issue of Cake Central Magazine. We have some great tips on how to photograph your cakes well without breaking the bank on equipment.

 

http://cakecentral.com/b/tutorial/cake-photography-tips

 

 

For that tutorial we used an 8 Megapixel $70 Olympus Point-and-shoot Digital Camera to create our good photo next to the “Do” list

We left the camera in Auto mode and turned off the flash. As you can see from the diagram, we used 3 desk lamps we purchased at a second hand store for a few bucks (you can also get really inexpensive new desk lamps at places like IKEA and Target) and a cheap neutral bed sheet. In total, including the camera, we spent under $100. If you already have a camera, bed sheets, and some lamps you can recreate what we did for FREE, or purchase some new items and the supplies should last for quite a while.

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post #20 of 30

I am curious to know how much people do edit their photographs digitally?  And what do you feel is acceptable?

 

For example, if it just playing around with the colour/backgrounds to make it a more accurate representation of the actual colour of the cake or do you also use it to remove imperfections?  I know both are common in the photography industry in general (i'm sure we've all seen how celeb bums are made smaller ;-) but I'm curious to know how people feel about this in a food/cake context...  I've personally only ever changed the colour (I still find it so difficult to make a white cake actually look white on a photograph!!) but yesterday I managed to dig my smoother into the side of a finished and otherwise flawlessly covered cake (grr).   The temptation to zap it was huge but I personally don't feel comfortable doing that.  General thoughts?  x

post #21 of 30
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I am curious to know how much people do edit their photographs digitally?  And what do you feel is acceptable?

For example, if it just playing around with the colour/backgrounds to make it a more accurate representation of the actual colour of the cake or do you also use it to remove imperfections?  I know both are common in the photography industry in general (i'm sure we've all seen how celeb bums are made smaller icon_wink.gif but I'm curious to know how people feel about this in a food/cake context...  I've personally only ever changed the colour (I still find it so difficult to make a white cake actually look white on a photograph!!) but yesterday I managed to dig my smoother into the side of a finished and otherwise flawlessly covered cake (grr).   The temptation to zap it was huge but I personally don't feel comfortable doing that.  General thoughts?  x

That's a very good question...i don't like to use it to adjust anything other than the light. If you do more than that you're misrepresenting yourself, IMO. It can go both ways, though, which is something that I didn't think about until I had a psycho bride with a complaint that kept changing when the first complaint was shown to be false. She inspired the post on the way people can potentially use photoshop to rip bakers off. But if you're using it to make your cakes look smoother and more perfect then you're ripping customers off. http://acaketorememberva.blogspot.com/2010/08/photoshop-part-1-brides-friend-or-foe.html
http://acaketorememberva.blogspot.com/2010/08/photoshop-part-2-enemy-of-baker.html

Also, here's one that I found about adjusting levels in photo editing software, which is a really easy fix for a lot of light/dark issues. http://acaketorememberva.blogspot.com/2012/10/photoshop-and-cakes.html
post #22 of 30
I happily fix lighting and compoition particularly if I couldn't get the picture I wanted-I forgot the battery for my good camera in this pic and had to use the backup...
I wont fix imperfections though unless perhaps if it was something I later spotted and fixed.

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For this image I altered
Contrast
Levels
Colour balance
Saturation
Cropped to better frame
Added gaussian blur

It would have been faster just to take it right in the first place!

Ps not my cake design and not as well finished as the original icon_sad.gif
post #23 of 30

I happily fix lighting and compoition particularly if I couldn't get the picture I wanted-I forgot the battery for my good camera in this pic and had to use the backup...
I wont fix imperfections though unless perhaps if it was something I later spotted and fixed.



For this image I altered
Contrast
Levels
Colour balance
Saturation
Cropped to better frame
Added gaussian blur

It would have been faster just to take it right in the first place!

Ps not my cake design and not as well finished as the original icon_sad.gif

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I like the change in the picture and how the back is blur. I don't crop or fix cakes with any program, I agree such will be misrepresenting my name and my brand. The one thing I am going to start doing is water marking photos since I notice my photos are showing up on other sites, which will be fine if we got the credit, but we are not. 

post #24 of 30
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Originally Posted by sweettales View Post
 

I happily fix lighting and compoition particularly if I couldn't get the picture I wanted-I forgot the battery for my good camera in this pic and had to use the backup...
I wont fix imperfections though unless perhaps if it was something I later spotted and fixed.



For this image I altered
Contrast
Levels
Colour balance
Saturation
Cropped to better frame
Added gaussian blur

It would have been faster just to take it right in the first place!

Ps not my cake design and not as well finished as the original icon_sad.gif

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I like the change in the picture and how the back is blur. I don't crop or fix cakes with any program, I agree such will be misrepresenting my name and my brand. The one thing I am going to start doing is water marking photos since I notice my photos are showing up on other sites, which will be fine if we got the credit, but we are not.

Oh yes, watermark those puppies! Chances are that if people are too lazy to take their own pictures they're too lazy to take the time to remove a watermark, so they'll just move on to the next unmarked photo and steal that one instead of yours.

post #25 of 30

After reading all of the links and info that you folks posted, I tried it on the MMF covered cake. Even without the exact lights, or a light box & such.  The photo came out so well that it actually made the fondant look better than it was.  ( That would really be false for me to post and pretend that it was done perfectly my eyeballs saw every tiny flaw.) however it's nice to learn the ways to improve photography.  As my decorating improves, now so will my photography improve.

 

♦ and my little point-n-shoot did have a 'white' thing you could click on.  So much to learn in the field of photography, I'm glad I don't have a business, I'd never keep up.♦

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post #26 of 30
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She inspired the post on the way people can potentially use photoshop to rip bakers off. But if you're using it to make your cakes look smoother and more perfect then you're ripping customers off. http://acaketorememberva.blogspot.com/2010/08/photoshop-part-1-brides-friend-or-foe.html
http://acaketorememberva.blogspot.com/2010/08/photoshop-part-2-enemy-of-baker.html

Also, here's one that I found about adjusting levels in photo editing software, which is a really easy fix for a lot of light/dark issues. http://acaketorememberva.blogspot.com/2012/10/photoshop-and-cakes.html

Interesting comments, thanks everyone :-)  I'd never thought about someone using photoshop to rip off a baker but guess it makes perfect sense (in a dishonest and messed up sort of way).  Definitely something to watch out for.

 

Now to go and get out the camera for 4 more cake shots.  Too bad it't miserable, grey and chucking it down with rain here in the UK… Have a great day everyone!

post #27 of 30

Agree with all the fabulous advice mentioned above. I have a Canon EOS 1100D but haven't figured out how to use it to it's full advantage so stuck in Auto mode at the moment. I take full advantage of natural light, use a neutral background and tweak lighting issues in the free software Picmonkey (you can also add a watermark in PicMonkey). I've never re-touched any blemishes, but will happily play around with lighting issues to make the background whiter/brighter etc and contrast a little to bring out features. Somestimes I might take 20+ photos but only 1 will be the 'money shot' :)

post #28 of 30

P.S Forgot to say that there's some good tips on the Debbie Doo's blog; how to photo your creation and edit it a little in PicMonkey - http://debbie-debbiedoos.com/2013/05/how-to-edit-your-craft-projects-and-make-them-pinnable-on-pinterest.html

post #29 of 30

Just wondering if any of you have seen these?

Not sure if they are any good as I know nothing about photography, but thought I would post for you to have a look at and decide for yourselves.

Nice and affordable :)

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_sacat=0&_from=R40&_nkw=photo+light+box+tent&_sop=15

post #30 of 30

Seamless paper works really nice for a clean, smooth background.  I always use a soft natural light (not harsh afternoon sun). Also, a 50mm f1.4 or f1.8 fixed lens is nice for taking shots indoors when you might not have as much of a light source, because it can allow in more light on the sensor when taking the shot.  Just be cautious that the larger the aperture (smaller the f-stop), the more light falls on the sensor, which makes for a faster shutter speed; however it makes for a smaller depth of field, so you'll have more bokeh to your photos (blurred background). Maybe get a couple different lenses for your different needs.  Good luck to you!

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