Fotography Friday

January 2, 2009 at 7:17 pm 16 comments

I don’t know about you but when I see a gorgeous picture on a fellow foodies’ blog, I literally start drooling all over my keyboard and it hypnotizes me to cook or bake whatever it is. Does that happen to anyone else?

Who knew that food blogging was so much more than just cooking or baking recipes? I think blogging provides me that medium to improve 3 of my hobbies – cooking/baking, writing and photography. If you think about it. Food bloggers are multi-talented that way. Maybe that’s why I love blogging so much. I love that I can get feedback via my comments too.

Speaking of photography.

(I promise I am getting to the point of this post soon. HAHA)

Santa was very good to me this year and brought me a Sony A200 DSLR for Christmas. It’s been on my wish list ever since I started blogging. Not to toot my own horn *toot toot* but I think I got the cooking and writing part down so I really want to work on my food porn-ography skills.

Recently, I was talking to Jen from BeanTown Baker about her DSLR camera and we started brainstorming how we’d love to really learn more about our cameras (She has a Nikon D40.) and thats how Fotography Friday was born.

Every month we’ll focus on one DSLR camera function, practice shooting in that mode and post our pictures/experience using that function. Anyone is welcome to join us! Its nothing strict. You can post any Friday within the month. Participate as often or as little as you can. Feel free to email me if you have any camera function suggestions you want to learn more about.

Assignment #1: Flash (auto, no flash, fill flash, rear flash etc)
Due by: February 1, 2009
Flickr group:

What you waiting for? Get out there and start clicking…

Entry filed under: Foto Friday.

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16 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Steph  |  January 2, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Nice gift!! Blogging has definitely improved my baking, photography and writing, although the last two stilll need work! I think it’s great you’re starting fotography friday, it will really help people who don’t know how to use their cameras. It feels such a waste to use ‘auto’ all the time when there are so many features. But whenever I pick up a dslr, i end up taking a million pictures because I can’t help but try out every setting to see which is the best. Now I just forget about ti all together and use my point and shoot to make life simpler..hahah

  • 2. Natalie  |  January 2, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Good luck — the only thing I know about flash is that its evil according to my photo friend! But I don’t know if she’s correct.

    And CB — ANOTHER foodie event? You’re awesome!

  • 3. Tanya  |  January 2, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    I am SO jealous of you and your new camera! I’ve been coveting a DSLR for years! You’re right – with food blogging comes learning about photography. I can’t wait to see your pics!

  • 4. Courtney  |  January 3, 2009 at 5:14 am

    How cool is that. I have had the a DSLR camera on my wish list for awhile too. Maybe next year Santa will be able to bring it. ;)

  • 5. Tania  |  January 3, 2009 at 5:15 am

    Oh my goodness…. nice gift. And you must have been reading my mind – this is one of the things I was hoping to pick your brain about. I don’t have a dslr but am up to the challenge of trying out new things with my camera.
    Count me in……

  • 6. joelen  |  January 3, 2009 at 7:10 am

    This is such a great idea… and for those who are considering purchasing a DSLR, this will prove to be very helpful too!

  • 7. CB  |  January 3, 2009 at 8:39 am

    STEPH, To be honest my DSLR is a little overwhelming right now with all its buttons and lens that I find myself reaching for my PnS camera first to take pictures but I really wanted to learn to use my DSLR so I figured a blog event would push me. LOL. Hope you’ll pick up your DSLR with me on Fridays…

    NATALIE, Yeah its kinda burned into your brain “no flash, only natural light” but since my new job isn’t allowing me to take pictures during the day I need to get better with low light so hopefully I can use my flash without it looking washed out. And yes another foodie event. At least this one is monthly so I should be able to keep up. Operative word “should” though. haha

    TANYA, Trust me. I was shocked when I got my DSLR but “Santa” said it was a great deal via Cyber MOnday on Amazon so he couldn’t pass it up. I heart Amazon!

    COURTNEY, Here’s my secret. Nag, nag, nag. HAHA

    TANIA, Sweet! Glad to have you! PS. Just checked out your new blog. Looks awesome :)

    JOELEN, Thanks! Hopefully it will help other DSLR newbies like me b/c I know that just looking at my camera makes me feel overwhelmed! haha

  • 8. Jen  |  January 3, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    How great! Santa gave me a RITZ camera flyer and told me to pick out a new lens for my DSLR Nikon D80. Happy clicking!

  • 9. Amy Ruth  |  January 3, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    What a genius! Accountability, it works every time. So excited that you got a new toy. My 15 year old son is doing my photos and helps me with the blog, actually he’s the webmaster. Anyway, I admire you-me, I have a lot to learn. We enjoy the work together though. For me thats what its all about.
    Happy 2009

  • 10. CB  |  January 3, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    JEN, Dang! Santa was good to you too ;) Hope to see you doing Fotography Friday with me then!

    AMYRUTH, I think thats so awesome that your son and you spend time taking pictures for your blog. I think your pictures and your blog are amazing. Maybe I’ll have to ask your son for webmaster help one of these days… ;)

  • 11. Kristen  |  January 4, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Santa brought me the same camera but I got it a few days early so I could use it for Christmas Eve and Christmas card pictures. I love it and am trying to figure everything out. I want to use it in other modes besides auto.

  • 12. CB  |  January 4, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    KRISTEN, You got the Sony too?? Awesome! We can both learn how to use it. I am still using “auto” too. HAHA

  • 13. Betsy  |  January 7, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    I have been searching for something like this and all along it could be found through my TWD baker. I recently bought the Nikon 60 and am dying to learn more and practice. I know what it is capable of and vowed to master it (to the best I can). This is the perfect way and to have others to turn too.

    The pictures on these food blogs inspire me almost as much as the recipes themselves!

    Add me to the group, please.

  • 14. CB  |  January 7, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    BETSY, Awesome! Its not really anything strict. Jen and I just post a topic and anyone is able to read their manual and practice with their camera and share their experience via their blog. You can also post pictures and discuss via our flickr group too! Looking forward to seeing your pictures!

  • 15. Elizabeth  |  January 8, 2009 at 6:02 am

    Congrats on the camera! I’ve had the same one for a little over a year now and my one Resolution this year is to learn to use more camera features. Maybe I’ll pony up and join in the new challenge. :)

  • 16. CB  |  January 8, 2009 at 6:49 am

    ELIZABETH, Great resolution! Definitely love to have you join us. You can “pony up” by joining our flickr group! Looking forward to your pictures. :)


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