blue cupcakes

Happy Monday! It’s been a while since I’ve posted here, but I’ve been baking up a storm lately – which hasn’t left much time for writing. Hopefully I can get back into the swing of things!

cupcakes on table editedLast week, I made no less than 148 cupcakes. Yikes.

I want to share what I’ve learned so far in taking better cake/dessert photos, and give some insight on a Craftsy class that I recently took: Building Your Business: Beautiful Cake Photography (w/ Carrie Sellman)

In the class, Carrie teaches you some photography basics – proper lighting, set up and staging – whether you are using an iphone camera or a DSLR. She also shows you how to post-process your photos using Adobe’s Lightroom. Carrie really breaks everything down and makes it easy to understand and follow along.

A friend of mine was kind enough to let me borrow his DSLR, and I have loved seeing the results from using it. My pictures look much more professional and appealing! I have looked at these pictures and thought – I took that picture? Really?

my photo set up!

Here is a picture of my photo setup – using posterboard and foam core board. I have found that the best spot in my house is by the window in my kitchen – that way lots of natural light comes in, which is necessary for appealing photos. I can never get a decent picture with artificial lighting – whether or not it’s post processed.

cupcake variety 5 edited small

You really want your pictures to draw all of the viewer’s attention to your cake, so using a backdrop (in my case, just a white foam core posterboard) is key. That way, you won’t see my messy kitchen in the background – or anything else that’s distracting :). Using natural light is your best bet, to minimize shadows and keeping your subject’s colors true to real life, so I aim to take all pictures during good daylight hours.

I also love using Lightroom to edit my photos – I usually will always brighten them up a bit and make sure the colors stay neutral.

There is still a ton to learn and improve on, in my food photography journey. I must admit, I haven’t been brave enough to leave the “auto” settings on the DSLR, but Carrie gives an overview on manual settings in the class – so it’s less intimidating.

I hope you’ll check out this class – you won’t regret it!

Here is the link for the class again: Building Your Business: Beautiful Cake Photography (w/ Carrie Sellman)

Craftsy Cake Decorating Class

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