Food & Photography Are Fun! #GrillingisHappiness #SoFabU

Photos can make or break a blog.

Sometimes I think mine is broken…

I’ve never been good at photography.  I don’t have a good eye for it, and I have no clue how to properly edit photos.

And, until I became a blogger, I didn’t really care.

My primary focus was on documenting special moments, not documenting them well.

Food Photography

If taking pictures of people and trees is difficult, taking pictures of food is darn near impossible for me.

You have a double whammy there:  styling the food well and photographing it well…

I think part of getting better at the whole process is just practicing.

I think another part is getting help from somebody who actually knows what they’re talking about and can convey it in an easy-to-understand manner.

Photography classes can get quite pricey, which is why I was so excited to get into the Social Fabric University:  Campaign Photography with Sears Grilling course!

The Course

I don’t know much about it at this point, but I do know that I’ve already learned a couple of things in the first week that have been extremely helpful.

I think my favorite part so far has been learning how to adjust levels {black, whites, and midtones} to make a picture “pop”!

I’ve also learned about “dodging” {lightening} and “burning” {darkening}.  Those are a bit more difficult for me, but I’m slowly picking up on using it effectively.

Image sharpening has thrown me for a loop, but you know, I’m gonna stick with it!

I didn’t have anything terribly exciting to eat today, so I took a picture of my yeast dough.  Check out the changes I made!

Yeah, yeah, I know it’s not a stellar photo and I’m sure a pro could edit it much better, but I’m happy with the results.  This is just after a week in the course!

What I’m Hoping to Learn

I hope to learn a bit more about the technical aspects of editing my photos, as well as how to take a better looking photo to begin with.

I hope that after this course the photographs on the blog will be much more appealing.  Not just for me, or for you, but for the brands I work with as well.

A nice picture of something I’m reviewing or featuring will help you, my readers, see it in all its glory and it will do the company justice in showcasing their product well.

Special Thanks to Sears Grilling

Sears Grilling is sponsoring this course, and without them, it wouldn’t be possible.  I am so grateful to have this opportunity and am glad they’ve made it possible!

True Confessions:  I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Sears #CBias #GrillingIsHappiness. All photos and opinions are my own.