We were thrilled when we found out that Wiley publishers wanted to give us another copy of Plate to Pixel to give away!
I absolutely adore this book and have already seen huge changes in my skills from it!
Today I would like to talk a little bit about some lighting tips I have picked up from this book and my decision to add a few items to my equipment list.
But first I really recommend you take a moment and visit the book itself here and go through the First Look on Amazon. I’d love to be able to capture with words how beautifully and cleanly this book is styled and vast table of contents but it’s much easier to just see it yourself.
It’s really more like a photography course in a book, its full of examples so that you can actually learn to train your eye versus just reading text.
I really love the section she has on light. Light is everything and the light in my house with my camera, just isn’t cutting it.
My pictures were blurry and dark even during the day in this house and my flash was ALWAYS firing.
Two tips she offers:
1) Put a small white index card over your pop up flash to help diffuse the flash.
- This made a great improvement to my night shots! I still needed to adjust the exposure a bit in my photo editing software but it was actually manageable!
(*I use Paint.net by the way for photo editing, it is is free and works really great!)
2) A simple white bedsheet can be used as a basic light diffuser over a window and even thickened simply by folding in half.
- Bing! Gotta love an author that is blunt with you and tells you NOT to run out and buy tons of equipment.
That being said there were two things that I took away from the book as items that I really wanted/needed to be added to my camera setup. They are a simple light diffuser/reflector combo and a basic tripod.
There are lots of great options out there and Helene said as small as a 22″ is great. But I found this:
on Amazon for under $15 bucks with a bag and Free Shipping and I was quite pleased. They are great because they fold down nice and small, and offer 5 different lighting options-translucent, white, black, gold and silver!
I couldn’t find any info on what kind of tripod she uses in the book (I probably missed it) but a quick search online revealed that she uses this Slik tripod with an add on ball head. But at almost $250 it was just a wee bit out of my price range. So I kept looking and settled on the lower end model:
on Amazon for under $50. I picked up a cheaper $20 model at our local Walmart (where I paid $30 for it!) and I am not impressed with the action on the head. I will post a comparison review when the Slik arrives and I have had time to test them.
I really have been so encouraged by this book! I have had a very rough time learning my Nikon and with all the new skills I am learning from Plate to Pixel I have been able to produce better shots and pinpoint areas of investment that will give me the best return. I highly recommend this book to any aspiring photographer who wants to capture food in its finest and also as a general book on how to begin using your camera outside the auto setting.
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