Originally Posted by Rosie2
This thread is awesome, thank you
---but, can someone explain what ISO is?? I have a Canon G9 which I thought is a pretty good camera but I still take crappy pictures of my cakes
ISO is a measure of how sensitive your camera sensor is to light, the darker the subject the more sensitive (Higher ISO) you need as the sensor needs to be able to 'see' more light- but the more sensitive it is the more grainy the picture will look.
Your Cannon G9 camera is good in that, like an SLR camera, you can adjust everything to get exactly the picture you want, but this can be a real nuisance if you're not sure what all the settings mean
You should have an ISO dial on the top of your G9 camera I think, try setting your ISO to 200-400 for indoor pics, lower if you're using really strong light or sunlight through a window.
4 more tips for you:
1- Google how to change shutter speed; a longer shutter speed will lighten your picture as you give the camera more time to collect light, if you use dim lights on your cake youll get a lovely soft effect. Use a short shutter speed with bright light to get really stark shadows.
2- Google how to change aperture settings, this will let you control how much of your cake is in focus which can give you a lovely effect,
3- Use a tripod or a beanbag on a chair anything to make sure the camera is totally still otherwise you get a blury shaky look- I find it helps to set a 2 second timer and stand back, it really helps get a good crisp picture
4- Take lots of pictures with lots of settings changes - I take about 40 pics per cake and chose just one for my website!