Pictures Of Your Cakes

Decorating By emi Updated 19 Mar 2005 , 4:10am by emi

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emi Posted 18 Mar 2005 , 7:48pm
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Just wanted some ideas on how to take good picture of the cakes I've made. So far, none of my pictures are good enough to be posted; too bright, too dark, doesn't show enough detail, etc. Is it better to use a digital camera, or a regular one? I've been using the regular one, it's easier and faster to use than our digital one. Thanks

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blessBeckysbaking Posted 18 Mar 2005 , 7:52pm
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I am wondering the same thing my cakes are pretty good in person can't tell it onthe photos though.

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GHOST_USER_NAME Posted 18 Mar 2005 , 8:03pm
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I think digital cameras are the best thing since...iced cake!
You can see your results immediatley, and reshoot if need be. The editing software that comes with the camera allows you to crop the photo, fix color, contrast, etc.
You really need to read through the booklet that comes with the camera. Learn about when and when not to use the flash, what setting is best for a still life (which is what a picture of a cake is), and distance.
Also, create scenarios for your cake. If it's a cake for a baby shower, put some little toy blocks, a bib, baby bottle, etc. around the cake, but somewhere in the background. If it's a birthday cake, how about some champagne flutes or a litle vase of flowers to perk things up? Use a cloth backdrop (no one wants to see what the top of your oven or you messy counter looks like--I know from experience!).

Hope some of these suggestions help.

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m0use Posted 18 Mar 2005 , 8:07pm
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I personally prefer a digital camera, they can catch so much detail.
For instance, I have a pic of my son on my desk that I took with my digital. He is on the beach walking around in a wading pool. When you look at the picture you can see the pale reflection of my son in the water. Not to mention, I don't feel like I am ever limited with my picture taking since I have a large memory stick for my camera. Not to mention I have saved so much money in film developing that my camera has paid for itself at least twice!
A couple of months ago our camera was having power issues, and I thought oh no I am gonna need a new camera- how am I going to pay for it icon_surprised.gif All I had to do was clean the battery contacts with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol, and voila! all better.
Also with my digital camera (Sony) I can buy different kinds of lenses for it plus I can also buy a case for it to take underwater if I would ever go diving or snorkeling.......sorry for talking too much but I LOVE my camera!
Oh, one more thing, my camera also has it where I can take pictures of things in sepia tones, black and white, polarized and one more effect I can't remember. If you want to do that with a regular camera you have to spend money on special kinds of film.

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Lisa Posted 18 Mar 2005 , 8:09pm
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I agree with m0use & cookieman...I don't know what I'd do w/o my digital camera. I've also found my pics come out better when I've taken them in natural light w/o the flash (like a sun-filled room). I haven't set up a cloth backdrop yet. I do keep my counter clean though icon_smile.gif .

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m0use Posted 18 Mar 2005 , 8:17pm
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I found the easiest backdrop to use was a crib sheet. Since my son hasn't slept in a crib since he was 10/11 months old (when he could climb out of it), now they won't get wasted. Now I probably wouldn't use it for all my cakes, but it would be fine for the going away cakes and practice cakes that I make.
I took a tall item, like a box or a bulk package of paper towel, and place it on any flat surface. Take one end and tuck it over the top of the tall item and let the other end lay nice on the flat surface. Place your cake either flat or have a book propping up one end of the cake. Add any props and take your picture. icon_biggrin.gif

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tcturtleshell Posted 18 Mar 2005 , 8:27pm
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When I first started decorating I was using a disposable camera. Because I don't know how to load the film in our 35 mm! thumbsdown.gif My hubby got me a fuji digital for Christmas! I will never use a disposable camera again. You can't get a good pic w/ them! There always too dark, too light or blurry! Now if I could only figure out why my puter & printer won't reconize the digital camera! It keeps saying communication era on the camera screen. If anyone has a fuji digital camera & could help me please let me know! I have been running to Walmart (everytime I take pics of my latest cakes) to get my pic develped so I can post them on here! That's getting old & the GAS prices keep going up!! thumbsdown.gif
So my opinion....... GET A DIGITAL CAMERA!!! There wonderful!!!

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m0use Posted 18 Mar 2005 , 8:40pm
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emi Posted 18 Mar 2005 , 8:45pm
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thanks everyone.
I guess I'll have to learn how to use our digital camera.

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tcturtleshell Posted 18 Mar 2005 , 8:50pm
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m0use you are too good to be true! Thanks! I went on the trouble shooting that came w/ my camera & I couldn't find anything to help me out. That's a little different then what you posted. I will try it later tonight. Thanks again!

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m0use Posted 18 Mar 2005 , 9:01pm
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Your welcome tcturtleshell- let me know what happens
Emi- don't know where you are located but check with your local library or technical college- they may have some classes that you can take that will help you learn your camera and how to use it to the best of it's ablilities.

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emi Posted 19 Mar 2005 , 4:10am
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Thanks for the advice. Don't know about the library, but I'm sure the college near me might offer the classes. I'm in Illinois.
Mentioned it to my husband, and he promised to show me how tomorrow. I'm sure it's not that difficult, but I just never had an interest to learn. But I'll have to now. I want to post a picture of the cake I just finished. We're entertaining tomorrow night, and I made a beautiful basketweave cake with tons of flowers.

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