Today I want to talk about the trials and tribulations of food photography. Back in June, I wrote a post about wanting to boost my involvement with Shock Munch. Although I was proud of my amateur blog, I longed to improve. Here is an update on what’s been going with the Munch.
First I need to address a typo from the June post. I said Shock Munch was averaging 2K page views per month. I reran the numbers and discovered I was incorrect. Shock Munch was averaging 5K page views per month. 5K page views are still minuscule compared to other bloggers, but I was over the moon about it.
I’ve been tinkering with Shock Munch for 3 years, but July 2017 feels like the first month I took this gig seriously. I’m not seeing ginormous gains in numbers but I am seeing improvements. The month of July Shock Munch reached over 7K page views. The month of August Shock Munch reached close to 9K!! The moment I reach 10K I can hire a company to manage Shock Munch’s adds for me which will hopefully result in revenue.
So, in order to achieve a larger readership I’ve been focusing on Shock Munch’s content, primarily food photography. Next to writing a post, food photography is the most difficult aspect for me. I shoot with a Nikon D5100 and a 50mm lens in manual mode. I’m teaching myself about composition, lighting, aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. I find it challenging to master all aspects of food photography, hence, the trials and tribulations.
But that’s not to say I don’t welcome the challenges. There are moments I pat myself on the back because the shot I captured looks amazing. Other days I feel defeated because the photos looked like shit. I’m certainly proud of my accomplishments but I’m impatient AF. I want to know everything about photography yesterday, so I’m needlessly hard on myself when shoots don’t go according to plan.
I focus on where I need to improve so much I don’t take time to celebrate my milestones. But the fact of the matter is I’ve improved my craft! I thought it would be fun to show you how far I’ve come. Here are some before and after shots of my updated food photography.
Proper exposure is the biggest obstacle I currently face regarding food photography. It’s frustrating because the images look great on my camera’s LCD screen but when I upload them to Lightroom, they look dark or too light. I’m struggling to find the perfect balance. However, since I’m doubling the number of posts each week, I’m getting a ton of practice. I’m confident my photography will continue to improve.
Photo editing is another area of photography I’m having fun learning about. I shoot in RAW then edit my photos in both Lightroom and Photoshop. Photo editing will help me enhance my images so I’ve been binge watching tutorials to learn how.
Here’s a before and after photo of a picture I retouched.
The first cookie image looks flat but the second cookie image looks more vibrant.
No matter how frustrated I get with photography, I have to be proud of how far I’ve come. Sure, some bloggers are running circles around me in terms of photography skills, but I need to focus on improving myself. I won’t get better by sitting here complaining about it. I’ll only get better by practicing. And that dear readers, is what I intend to do.
So tell me, what camera are you shooting with? What are some of your trials and tribulations with food photography? I would love to hear what methods you’re using to improve your craft.
Thanks for stopping by,