I’m doing a December Daily Album this year as I have for the past several years. HOWEVER, I’ve renamed this project to meet my activities. I’m now calling it my HOLIDAY ALBUM….and this year it’s Holiday Album 2015.
You see, I want to include my November holiday celebrations and activities with Christmas activities…..making just one album for all of it. So, I thought I’d share with you this Styling my Cookie Shot post.
My holidays began this year with a Cookie Exchange that I attended for the first time with my daughter. Each guest was to bake 4 dozen cookies to take and then we ALL share our various cookies and bring home AT LEAST 4 dozen cookies! What a wonderful way to start the Holidays!
I wanted to share my pullback shot with you and explain a little about it.
Location – In my Kitchen – What you’re looking at is the lefthand side of my kitchen countertop. Yes, I had the Hallmark channel on playing Christmas movies while I was baking my cookies and Yes, my sink is filled with dirty dishes I’d been using during baking. But nevermind that (please). I wanted to show you that you don’t have to have THE perfect spot to set up a shoot.
You can also see that I have my tripod…….HIGHLY recommend a tripod. It’s one of the first defenses against blurry images.
The other thing I want to bring to your attention is the white foam core board behind my cookies. This tool is CHEAP, not to mention a great background. You can see that the sunlight was coming in my window (notice the shadows on the white foam board). If I hadn’t used the white board, the image you see below would never have been so “clean”. You’d have seen HALF my counter’s backsplash, and possibly just a part of the bottom of my cupboard, wires from the TV hookup and who knows what else was behind this foam core board. Again, no need for THE perfect spot to shoot!
Now I DID manage to capture the gold specks in my vintage countertop (translated O-L-D). However, I don’t mind that at all.
The point is, with my tripod, a small bit of counter space, SOME decent outside light coming in, and the white foam board, I was able to capture a fairly decent image of my cookies I’d baked for the Cookie Exchange.
My Nikon d90 settings were:
- f/9 aperture
- 0.8 seconds (another great reason to use a tripod)
- 320 ISO
- spot metering
- AND my kit lens
Here’s one more shot that I took prior to beginning to bake……the ingredients. The pullback shot of this would’ve been the same as above, except it was on the opposite side of my counter which resulted in the darker, uneven exposure on the right side of the image…..not as much light comes in on that particular side of the counter.
I hope this post encourages you to shoot your way through December!!
Let me know if you have any questions by leaving a comment. OR you are MOST welcome to leave a comment even if you don’t have any questions. (big grin)
Until next time,