Food Photography Tips + Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom GIVEAWAY!


Looking back to when I first began blogging in 2007, it’s clear that I knew virtually nothing about taking pictures of food. My process back then went something like this:

Make something, put it on a plate or in a bowl, put it on the counter or table, snapped a picture and eat. At some point in the future, upload it and post it online. No fancy camera, no editing… it was all bare bones.

It wasn’t until months later, when I was still blogging and photographing food on a very regular basis that I realized I had quite a bit to learn about how to make the food that I knew tasted fantastic look just as good on the screen. It’s been an extremely large learning curve over the last 7-plus years, but I’ve picked up some tips and tricks along the way. I receive a lot of questions about the photography on this site, so I thought a little overview might be useful. Be sure to read the whole way to the end; the folks at Adobe are sponsoring an awesome giveaway!

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DIY: Homemade Peppermint Patties

Homemade York Peppermint Patties - So easy to make and tastes EXACTLY like the original! |

Halloween is just a couple of days away, but you won’t find any spooky decorations at my house. I’m pretty much the scrooge of Halloween… I think I stopped trick or treating before I was out of grade school, and only dressed up once (in college, and it was a tie-dye t-shirt – I made myself a hippie) since then… I hate scary movies… spiders, skulls and eye balls gross me out.

However, I do find that Halloween has one redeeming quality – the candy, of course! Now that I can get behind. I haven’t done too much in the way of homemade candy lately, and I thought the upcoming holiday would be a good excuse.

I went through a serious York Peppermint Pattie phase about 10 years ago. I loved how refreshing the combination of peppermint and dark chocolate was, plus I loved that those little patties had a smidgen of the calories of a legit candy bar. Making them at home has been on my to-do list for a long time, and I’m glad I finally got around to making them. These homemade peppermint patties are so easy to make, and I couldn’t get over the fact that they taste EXACTLY like their namesake.

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Cranberry Orange Bread

Last fall, my sister moved into an apartment close to the city in Pittsburgh, and it didn’t take long for her to locate the neighborhood bakery. The day that I...

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Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

I first made pumpkin cupcakes...

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Friday Things

1. These two boys have been extra snuggly lately and I just want to eat them up. Granted, it’s more of Duke snuggling next to Einstein and Einstein tolerating...

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10 of the Most Popular Cookbooks and Kitchen Gadgets Among BEB Readers |

BEB Readers: Most Popular Cookbooks and Kitchen Equipment

Over the last couple of days, I’ve been in multiple stores that already have their Christmas items on display, while Halloween items are sitting on clearance racks. Retail marketing...

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

When I was a kid and my mom would bake cookies, there was an unwritten rule that my sister and I would get to lick the beaters when my...

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