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Any useful tips to assist in photographing your cakes?

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Yes! Lots!! Where to begin?!

First thing I recommend I either designating a small place just for photographing cakes or purchase a project board from staples, Office Depot, etc. Also invest in pieces of white & black felt long enough I drape over the board & table. It gives a nice clean background.

If you are using a dslr, set the white balance. Lots of YouTube videos. Easy & makes huge difference. Be sure to reset it each time (like at each venue location). It trains your camera to get the right colors.

If you need a flash, use a diffuser. Straight flash will make shadows. Hold an index card at a 45 degree angel in front I the flash. You'll get nice light without shadow. You'll have to play with it to get the hang of holding it & shooting & getting the sweet spot, but it's worth it!!

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www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
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Natural indirect light when you can get it! If you can't get natural light, bounce your flash off something, like the ceiling or a white board next to the cake just out of view.

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Not sure what kind of camera setup you have, but this is kind of like mine. That big scary looking thing is the flash (a must have for me), and you can swivel it to any direction you want. 

 

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Thanks ladies - I have a canon G11 and typically use the auto function or marco for smaller detailed items.  Will definitely try the poster board idea..I wanted to get a dslr when I bought my camera a few years ago but I was scared to use it...in retrospect I wish I did.  I got my camera at Henry's and they have a course with helpful tips on how to use the camera...you think it's worth taking?  I can also buy a flash for my camera but natural light does seem to be the best for photographing my cakes  Again thanks or the tips and I would love to hear any other useful strategies on getting some good shots with a decent background that's consistent.

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I always photograph in natural light, by the same window. I also use a photo app called Lightroom (by adobe), so that if its rainy on a particular day...I can enhance the photo to make it look like it was taken on a normal day. I try to standardize all the lighting in my photos.
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