Social Fabric University: Food Photography Class Midterm Update

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I am currently in my fourth week of my Social Fabric University:  Food Photography class.  I can’t believe how fast it is slipping by!  After this week, I’ll only have two more weeks left.  As you can probably see from the picture above, I am learning a lot.

The first two weeks were dedicated to simple functions such as learning how to use the online program and introducing ourselves to our fellow classmates, but the last two weeks have focused on photography, not surprisingly:)  Last weeks topic was on the use of lighting.  I have become more focused on my use of light in the last few months of blogging, but last week made me scrutinize every little shadow.  Luckily, I have an abundance of light these days, but I know I will struggle when winter hits and daylight is minimal in Minnesota.  I can already see that this class is inspiring me to strive for that perfect shot.  Sometimes, because of various other commitments, my shots were rushed, being patient and using the best lighting available is my new oath.

This week I have definitely seen an increase in material and a need to truly study.  Last weeks lighting topic was something I was already aware of and the class just made me focus more intently.  This weeks material with aperature, ISO, and shutter speed has certainly stepped up the notch of learning involved.   I took a photography class in college, but unfortunately I retained almost nothing from the experience.   For the last number of years my husband and I have been a team.  I have an eye for good composition and he has the technical skills.  Whenever I wanted to capture a particularly difficult shot I would merely hand the camera to him  for the proper adjustments.  I am proud to report this partnership is changing.  In the future I hope to only use him as a reference, an improvement I’m sure he will encourage.

After studying my course materials and Amanda’s great post regarding the use of camera’s, I took some still shots this morning.  I am excited to see how perfect I can make some of them look using a little editing via Pixl.

Have you ever taken a photography class?  What was one important lesson you learned?

 

Comments

  1. Oh really need to take a class!!

  2. That’s a great shot!

    I really need to take some type of photography class. We got a DSLR several months ago, and I pretty much have it on “auto” and just snap pictures and hope for the best. I have no clue how to use it properly. Most of my outdoor pictures look pretty good, but I hate taking pictures inside. 🙁

  3. Glad to hear you are learning lots. I was just thinking recently how much I’d love to take a photography class, especially a food photography class someday!

  4. Wow! That looks like a stock photo! I need to look into taking classes because I don’t know what I’m doing with my DSLR!

  5. I struggle with lighting so much. My kitchen is in a very dark spot of the house. But I want to learn how to improve that!

  6. I am, in fact, taking a photography class! The most important lessons I’ve learned thus far is to stop using my camera’s flash and rely instead on natural lighting and reflection!

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