Monday, October 20, 2008


Steph said I should have more pictures on my blog. I think its a great idea. I just don't know how to take pictures while cooking at the same time. Help?


BlueFrogJ said...

Hi Alex:

I have a few step-by-step photo-recipes on my blog. Pioneer Woman's blog has awesome step-by-step recipes.

I'd say the most important thing is to be sure to have all your ingredients prepped and ready to go before you start. Read the recipe 2-3 times and think about how the recipe is cooked and what parts of the process you might want to document for the person recreating the recipe.

As far as the camera itself goes, check to see if your camera has a close-up/macro setting. This will help take clearer shots if you get up-close and personal with your food (which I do).

Lighting - Hopefully, your kitchen is well-light. The flash on your camera may make things look a wee bit flat, but if it helps illuminate your pics so be it.

Hopefully, that is a few good pointers. If you have further questions, feel free to e-mail me. You can find my contact info at Not Exactly Bento.

:) Jenn

Rob Timko said...

I get the opposite from my blog, some readers email me requesting more recipe text/verbiage over pictures!

I recently picked up a fancy digital SLR but before that, I used my point and shoot...and just kept it on the counter, picked it up and took a snapshot as I was cooking....I got fancy and got a tri-pod, but that was more of a hassle than anything.

To start out, don't worry TOO much about how the pictures look, just snap 100 and 10 good ones will come out.

the close-up macro setting on your camera is quite handy for "finished plate" pictures.

Stephanie said...

Words from the wife: I just think that he needs at least one picture of each finished product. Alex writes about these amazing recipes and meals he makes, don't you want to see what it looks like? So much of the eating experience is visual; on a blog, it's the only way you can share in our experience.

Plus, everyone loves food porn.