I survived last week. No, no storm in San Diego. Just three sick kids spanning one week: 2 stomach flus and a bad cold. I was totally unmotivated to cook. My camera sat still on the desk untouched. I read food blogs, but had no desire to get up and cook and clean. Instead I found myself tinkering with pictures on Photoshop.
I love photography, but gave it up in college. I had a brief stint as an engineer major and found myself graduating with a BSBA in Marketing. Before kids, I was in advertising. I worked as an account executive, but I also did a lot of design work and taught myself Photoshop, Illustrator and other graphic design software. It was my inner geek having fun. Or the inner artist trying to express herself. You choose.
So here I am with this blog and my website, toying around again with more graphic design software. But there are still limitations to what I know.
The great thing about the internet is that you can learn to do so many things, and for free. Tutorials are everywhere.
I especially like The Coffee Shop Blog. Rita has amazing tips and tricks for photography buffs. So, last week, while one baby or another was napping, I found myself toying around with pictures, reading cool effects I could use on my food pictures.
Every food blogger has their own technique on how they photograph their work. Newbies tend to upload their SOOC shot (straight out of the camera) with no adjustments. Other foodies have elaborate scenes set up with picture perfect lighting, requiring very little photoshop work needed.
Me? Most of the time my lighting sucks. It’s night time. I have the family waiting for dinner or dinner guests hovering and watching. I’m sweating, not in the mood to prep the meal or style it as quickly as possible. Who has time to drag out lights or backdrops or props?
Over time I invested in a new camera (Nikon D60 – costco special) and a new flash. My list of wants is long and will take time to get. So until then, I have Photoshop.
Whole Wheat Raspberry Scones
Dominican Chimichurri Sliders
I really liked how these turned out. So much more life than the boring SOOC shot. Maybe I’ll start art-sing up my files.
When I have time.
Or the next time my kiddos get sick!
So what do YOU think?
To Photoshop, or not to Photoshop?