I’d like to introduce you to Marie. She’s a grandmother to two very lively toddlers (I should know as I’ve photographed them!), happily married to Brian and enjoying her retirement. She’s well known in the family for her baking and started a private blog for family and friends some time ago. Marie came to me around a year ago and enrolled on the “From Snapshots to Great Shots” programme, with a clear goal of mastering her camera and learning how to photograph fast moving children and food (not both at the same time!). I’ve written about Marie’s lessons before but I’m so proud of her progress that I wanted to just finish off the tale by showing you some of her recent images.
Over a period of around 6 months Marie had 4 one to one photography lessons with me, each about two hours long and a mix of classroom and practical sessions. By the third lesson she had mastered using the manual exposure mode and could see what a huge difference it made to controlling the look of the final image.
In the final lesson we concentrated on food photography – I was very happy as I got to sample Marie’s biscuits. Although we had come to the end of the programme I had a feeling I hadn’t heard the last from Marie. We have become good friends, follow each other on Facebook and she’s a very active member of the Love Your Lens Facebook group.
So I wasn’t all that surprised when she asked for some advice on a new lens specifically for photographing food. I recommended a macro lens to let her get closer and also get lovely soft focus backgrounds. I’m a huge advocate for lens manufacturers like Tamron and Sigma as they are significantly cheaper than their Canon and Nikon counterparts and perform almost if not as well. Marie decided to buy the same lens I use – the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM – which costs between £350 and £400. On her cropped sensor camera it has a longer focal length (in practical terms this means she has to stand further back than I do with my full frame camera).
As soon as she had the lens in her hands she booked an extra one to one food photography session with me and we had a great time photographing her homemade chocolate brownies and sourdough bread, along with my shop bought meringues and hot cross buns!
But what I really want to share with you are Marie’s recent food photography images from her blog. Lovely fresh, at times steaming, bright, crisp and appetising plates of food, beautifully shot and edited. I’m trying to get her to make a her blog public so that we can all follow her recipes and enjoy her images!
I run courses and offer one to one tuition to beginners and improvers, including food photography courses, so if you’d like help getting to grips with your camera then click on the links and take a look.
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