PHOTOGRAPHY BASICS

I discovered photography in big way as a result of starting this foood blog. Until then I really didn't have much of an idea about photography beyond knowing that you looked through the view finder, decided what you wanted within your frame, and then pressed the "click" button, letting the camera do whatever it thought was the right thing!

Writing a food blog meant I wanted pictures of what I wrote about and that lead to the purchase of a Canon Point & Shoot camera. I was quite happy with it, until I realised that even though I used the "flower" mode for my food photography, I realised that my camera would never quite focus where I wanted it to and there was very little I could do about that!

That meant that I finally made the jump to getting dSLR. Then I discovered that there was whole world of things about photography that I knew very little about. There were times when simple things like figuring out what the various "buttons" on my camera was too much work. It would have been a lot easier if I had someone explain to me a lot of what I know today.

Over the past year or two, I have learnt quite a bit from a couple of weekend photography courses, workshops on the net, some excellent books on photography from experts in the field and countless resources on the web. So I thought if I wrote a series of posts on the basics of photography as they apply to food photography perhaps I would be making the some of the concepts easier to understand for beginners to dSLRs and food photography.

Please understand that I am by no means an expert and these posts have roots in my search for information on photography, concepts, and need to improve my photographic techniques. If I have made a mistake in these posts, please do not hesitate to leave a comment at the respective posts and I will look into it and make the necessary changes. If you do have any questions, please leave a comment at the concerned post or feel free to e-mail me.