You know it's 2015, when you get invited to a food photography class. I practically jumped with excitement! Currys teamed up with Nikon (#lightscameracurrys) to bring on a photography class for us food crazy bloggers. Hosted in the Nikon Photo School near Oxford Street, I was well excited to learn a thing or two. Having been active with cameras for half of my life (that does sound impressive, but, then again, borrowing your mum's point and shoot camera at the age of 11 is nothing out of the ordinary), I went to the class quite confident with my current skill set, however I was eager to fill in the blanks in my knowledge. For instance, when it comes to technical stuff I know how to get most things done, but I don't know the logic behind it. I will read a tutorial online and learn the how, while ignoring the why. Learning the "why" of it all will stimulate my independent learning and I will be able to actually understand why I am doing certain things on my camera.
The tutorials were based on Nikon camera settings, however the principles apply to any camera devices in general. For example, I had a moment of enlightenment when we were explained the different meanings of the manual modes on Nikon. Basically everything outside the "M A S P" on the control wheel is automatic, and works well, however it won't always give you the exact results you need. "P" stands for programmed and is basically automatic, but slightly better. If you want to progress, you can head over to "S", which stands for shutter speed. In this mode you can control the shutter speed depending on how much light you want to let into the lens (eg. 1/60). This mode is great for those water-flowing images you might have seen online! If you head over to "A", you will be able to control the aperture, which refers to the "background blur". I learned, however, that the correct term for this is bokeh, because blur just means that you have taken a picture while moving. Know the difference, duh *sassy emoji*. This mode automatically selects the shutter speed for you, so might not be ideal in all conditions. If you want to be one step closer to feeling like a pro, head over to "M" which means manual. In this mode you can control both the shutter speed (ie. light) and the aperture (amount of bokeh). I've been using this mode for a long time, but I didn't really know the logic behind it so I usually went through an eternity of trial and error until reaching the right settings, which was very frustrating.
Something, that I think is fair to say, we ALL learned about is the white balance. Guys, learn this term and remember it forever. Before this workshop, I just accepted the fact that my camera couldn't function in the evening light indoors. Everything would come out very yellow. Basically if you couldn't afford a fancy and expensive camera, you are doomed when it comes to evening photos, right? Wrong! By adjusting the white balance, you can "fix" any odd colours that appear in your evening photos. The setting for this is located in different areas for most cameras, however the principle is the same - before your session, you point the camera to a white area and shoot. It will save the correct colour and thus adjust your next photos. Above you can see the difference!
This workshop also made me start thinking more about the composition of my food photos. While getting the correct light should be the main focus, it's important to think about the way you will display the items in the photo. It is crazy to think how much preparation actually goes into a photo!
Here you can see us in action at the workshop! I think we were all so busy snapping away that we barely noticed we were being snapped too. Thank you so much to Currys, Nikon and Joe Blogs for the fantastic evening!