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First Blogger Meet-up and Food Photographer Gary Tardiff!

February 7, 2010

Hi everyone! Sorry for the missing post yesterday. It was so busy and eventful that when I got home I just had to sit back and let everything sink in.

Kerstin had organized a blogger meet-up with food photographer Gary Tardiff, who works right in South Boston. Food bloggers are constantly taking pictures of food, whether it is our newest gourmet creation or documenting every meal and snack we eat during the day. As most of us consider ourselves more cooks and writers than photographers, meeting with Gary really opened my eyes to the intricacies of photographing food in particular, and he had some wonderful tips and suggestions on how to make our pictures pop!

Gary’s studio is a dream — a full kitchen, tons of lighting, an amazing camera and 3 terabyte Mac computer, and all the props and dishes you could ever want to make your food look amazing.

Gary then went though camera basics, and what to pay attention to when photographing food (depth of field, aperture, shutter speed, all that good stuff!) Kerstin gives a great technical wrap up of everything he went though here, but these are the most important tips I got out of the 3 hour workshop:

~White balance! Adjusting your camera setting to the correct white balance to the type of light you are working with makes all the difference. My pictures have been so yellow, and it was because I had it on the “auto” setting!

~Back lighting. You want to “rake” the lighting across the food from the back, and then can bounce lighting off of a mirror or white board in the front. It gets rid of the harshness in the photos.

~Light diffusion. This was my favorite trick that I learned. Just by using a simple, translucent piece of vellum, you can transform a picture:

Adrienne’s bread just with back-light

The bread now with a simple, home-made diffuser

Such a big difference! If possible, the bread looks even more delectable now! (And if you were there, you could smell its amazing-ness!)

Quickly rigged “light box” makes all the difference!

Gary put everything into such simple terms from us, and was able to answer ALL of our questions! He also had great suggestions for what small things we can change at home to make our pictures 100x better! Gary was really a superstar, and so amazingly generous to spend his Saturday with us.

Thanks, Gary!!!!

My favorite part of the day, though (besides all the great tips!) was getting to meet so many Boston bloggers for the first time! I have been following many Boston food blogs since I moved up here, and it was wonderful to meet so many of the girls in person.

Shannon, Jen, Me, Kerstin, Chels

Lauren, Adrienne, Elina, Mary Kate, Sues

Nicole, Cara, Kelly, Jen

I made some meringues to bring to the meet-up, so I’ll leave you with some delicious sugar-filled pictures, using the same recipe as my Banoffee Pavlova base. Off for Pancake Day and to try to build myself a light box. =)

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 7, 2010 2:26 pm

    It was so nice to meet you in person, Sophie. Let’s plan another blogger meetup soon 🙂

  2. February 7, 2010 3:39 pm

    I goofed and commented on the wrong post, not that it really matters I guess! This is a great write-up, and since I didn’t take notes, I will rely on yours!

  3. February 7, 2010 11:44 pm

    Your meringues were so light and perfect – yum! Great recap and hopefully we’ll have another blogger event soon 🙂

  4. lavienouveau permalink
    February 10, 2010 9:44 am

    ooo! those pancakes sound kick butt – I will have to give them a try!

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