One of my goals for the next few months is to work on my photography skills. While food photography is obviously a priority, I am not limiting my subjects to only that. The first step is to buy a new camera, which I did last weekend.
After much debating, I opted for the Nikon L830, which is a ‘bridge’ camera that is somewhere in between regular entry-level cameras & DSLRs. I’ve been playing around and trying to get a feel for it. Although I am still exploring every spot in my home for the best lighting, jargon like ISO sensitivity & aperture no longer sound foreign to me. After reading 8 million food photography posts, I’ve picked up a few tricks of the trade. Two ‘tips’ used by professional photographers particularly stood out:
- In cereal shots, Elmer’s glue is commonly used instead of milk to avoid sogginess
- For steam shots (e.g. coffee or soup), heat a tampon or cotton wad & then hide it behind the food/drink.
I’ve also come to terms that certain foods just won’t photograph as nice such as curries, oatmeal, and soup…even more so if they’re green.
Thank the lawd for cute crockery! As ugly as this Pumpkin and Kale Soup looks, I promised it tastes souper..I mean super!
- 1 tablespoon Coconut oil
- 2 cups peeled & chunked Pumpkin
- 2 cups cleaned & chunked Carrot
- 2 cups cleaned & chopped Kale
- 1 Bay leaf
- ½ teaspoon dried Rosemary
- 2 cloves Garlic, finely chopped
- 1 medium Leek, trimmed & halved lengthwise
- 3 ½ cups Vegetable broth
- Salt to taste
- Coat medium pot with coconut oil & place over medium heat.
- Add leeks & garlic. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until transparent & just going brown around the edges.
- Add pumpkin and carrot & sautée for a further 2 minutes. Add vegetable broth, bay leaf and rosemary and bring to a boil, about 10-12 minutes. The pumpkin & carrot should have softened by now.
- Add kale, cover & simmer for 5 mins.
- Turn off heat. Once soup has cooled, remove bay leaf & transfer pumpkin/kale mixture to your blender. Purée until smooth.
- If the soup is too thick, add another ½ cup of vegetable broth when pureeing.
Any photography tips? Please share!
What’s your favorite soup?