March 25th, 2011

Photo Lesson

When writing this blog, I try very hard to accompany my posts with pictures that not only illustrate my point, but are also nice to look at. Some of my attempts are better than others, but I know I still have a lot to learn. Luckily, I just so happen to work a few doors down from our wonderful photo director, Christa Neu. Her blog, Christa Snaps, is full of beautiful garden and nature pictures. So I went to Christa begging asking for help with my point-and-shoot, and she was more than willing to help.

We reserved a space in the photo studio, and Christa set to work teaching my how to photograph food (if you’re interested in learning the details of what Christa taught me, she’s blogging about that here). I chose a sandwich for our lesson, made by the wonderful staff at the Rodale cafeteria. Christa had me set up my shot as I would if she wasn’t there. So I put the sandwich in the direct sunlight, since I know food isn’t supposed to be photographed with a flash, and took a picture from what I thought was an interesting angle.

sandwich1

Boy, was I wrong. Christa took the sandwich out of the direct sunlight, taught me how to use a sheet of white paper as a reflector card to eliminate shadows, added a prop, and showed me how various, extreme angles can really make a picture pop. She took my photograph from above, and and after her lesson, I was able to take this:

Sandwich 2

To learn from Christa, just like I did, be sure to check out her blog.

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