Two of my favorite blogs, Redesigned By M and Red Lovin Pixie, have issued a monthly Photography Styling Challenge starting in July. The first month’s theme is Food.
The objective is to get to know our cameras, whether a point or shoot or DSLR and other equipment, better. And also to develop a keen eye for better photo styling and color theory. The rules are simple. The main rule is that the photos must not be edited in any way, other than edge cropping. Click on the link above for the full set of rules.
Now, it is no secret that I could use some major help in this department. I love looking at pretty photographs on blogs and magazines. I always wonder how they take simple items and make it look so appealing. And I honestly have no idea what other equipment are needed other than a camera! So I intend to take this up as a learning opportunity, and maybe get to see amazing photos on other blogs, by people who know what they are doing!
Anyway, here are my shots for the challenge. A slice of simple vanilla cake along with my evening chai. The crockery, cake and tea are sort of neutral and monochromatic. So I introduced a magazine for a pop of color.
A simple tilt of the camera to the side produces a different result.
Both shots taken at F/8, 1/30 sec and ISO-1250.
And of course, I had to eat my cake too!
F/8, 1/15 sec and ISO-3200.
The above photos were taken in natural evening light.
And later, while I was chopping veggies for a quick meal, I couldn’t help but notice the bright play of colors. This was taken in the kitchen with the stove light on. It is not a brilliant photo as such, but the colors of the veggies make the eyes travel all over the photo.
F/4, 1/30 sec, ISO 6400
My greatest challenge will be to curb my natural inclination to increase the ISO setting. Time to invest in a tripod, I say!