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This past Sunday I needed to bake some bread as we were out. I started baking bread about a year ago when the cost of bread started to get so high. It saves us about $$30-$40 a month, after so long of baking my own bread, my family has become spoilled, and we no longer even like the taste of store bought bread. I was also really aware that of the past 3 posts I have used a photo of my son. While I certainly think he’s one of the best subjects around to take photos of, it can get boring to see photos of the same subject over and over again. So I figured it was a perfect oportunity to photograph the bread making process.

I decided I would take photos of the entire process, much the same way I would if this were a food or baking blog. However what I learned from the process was very interesting. One thing I realized is that people who take great food shoots for their food blogs probably don’t have a very demanding four year old “helping” the entire process, and if they do they must have less clutter in their kitchen than I do. It is hard to get a four year old to wait while you wash your hands between each step and then take photos, they just want to get on with the fun of playing with the sticky dough.

Nikon D300 24-70mm @ 32mm f/4 1/80, ISO 800

I only got this one shot of the dough after the first rise before my son started rolling it in the flour, so of course I didn’t get a chance to either recompose the shot, or move the empty beer bottles. I even tried to use the blur function in Aperture 3, but it made for a strange line along the counter edge so I couldn’t fix it that way. If anyone knows how to do a decent blur without leaving a funny looking line along the counter edge please let me know.

Nikon D300 24-70mm @ 42 mm f/4 1/100, ISO 800

While I knew this before, I thought it best to share this tip. Take the time to also take the photo that your child wants you to take. It makes a world of difference in how well they cooperate with what you want to do. He thought the two loaves looked like dinosaur feet, and his arms were the legs.

Nikon D300 24-70mm @ 28mm f/2.8 1/100, ISO 800

Never trust the back of your camera to check for white balance. I took this with the white balance set to incandescent, when I looked at the back of my camera it looked horrible, but in reviewing the photo on my computer this image is not that far off correct. The bulb looks pure white and after all the bulb was the only light source.

Nikon D300 24-70mm @ 31mm f2.8 1/80, ISO 1250

The last thing that I of course should have realized but simply didn’t consider is that while making bread takes all afternoon, the sun does not stay in the same place, same intensity, or same colour temerture all afternoon. This photo was taken 2 1/2 hours after the first photo. The first 2 photos worked with the sunny setting, as they were light by window light on a bright sunny day. However by the time this photo was taken the sun had moved, and I didn’t take that into consideration when I took the photo, this was the best white balance I could achieve in post processing.

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Nikon D300 24-70mm @ 70mm f2.8 1/160, ISO 800

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Tonight my husband was looking through the photos I have taken over the past couple of months, and he said I should post the above photo. I found this interesting because I took this photo simply because the light from the window was so beautiful and I was just surprised how little light was produced by the window. I had considered blogging about window light. However this was not the reason my husband said I should post this photo, his reason surprised me.

My husband wanted me to post the photo because he loves how only the one eye is in focus. I can’t remember where or when I learned that when you take a portrait you want the eyes to be in focus. When they eyes are in focus the viewer is tricked into thinking more of the photo is in focus than really is. My husband, also a hobbyist photographer didn’t know this, turns out that he would have chosen to focus on the nose (a big no-no by the way.) Sometimes in trying to improve your skills, you forget how much you already know.

So in the spirit of sharing, here is my first photo tip:

  • When taking photos of people, focus on the eyes.

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