my photography tips

Over the course of the last two and a half years, my photography skills have truly grown. I am by no means a Jamie Beck behind the camera, but through some trial-and-error and an internship with a photographer, I have come up with my own style, tips and tricks. As many of you who have been with c&é since day one have experienced the evolution of my own style and the refining of my own technique. As so here I share with you some of my tips on capturing with any camera, a DSLR or a regular point-and-shoot.

{natural light}

Photos under a florescent light often leave shadows and yellow lights manipulate the temperature of a photograph. Take photos in the morning or at dusk so your photos are not at risk of being overexposed this tips goes for when you are shooting indoors too.
{photography tips} via chevrons & éclairs

{manual vs. automatic}

When I first started photographing with my Canon Rebel T3i, I had the hardest time shooting on manual. I didn’t get it and I couldn’t be fussed to try to and understand ISO, aperture and the works. But since I sat down and read through Pioneer Women’s tutorials and Ashley’s tips on c&é I learned that manual was not that difficult after all and it makes post-processing time that much easier. Plus, you really can develop your personality and style when shooting on manual.

{framing shots}

Before actually clicking the button. Frame your shot. I like to shoot with a 50mm macro lens and when you are trying to capture details like in a recipe, it is better to get details. Use your screen to look at the shot. Make sure you are incorporating at least two complimenting colors and three textures. A busy photo always turn out the most interesting.


{work different angles}

For each recipe you will see two or three photos of the final product on the post, but behind-the-scenes I have taken nearly 100 shots. Different angles, capturing at different heights, sometimes different lighting and places in the kitchen. It’s important to experiment with every angle.

{practice makes perfect}

And I will reiterate what every photographer has told me. Practice makes perfect. You don’t have to carry your camera with you everywhere, use your phone to learn to frame a shot. Or if you just cleaned your room, I’m guilty of this, take a few photos of your room and of some details just to practice with different sources of lighting. You will be amazed by how much you will progress once you have control of your camera.

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{photos by chevrons & éclairs by iPhone4S, Canon T3i with 50mm lens, and Canon AE-1 with 18-55mm lens}

  • thanks for the tip! still struggling with my manual tho xx

    • I’m working on a post with a few photographers to give their best tips on how to shoot manual! In the meantime, I would suggest googling The Pioneer Woman’s photography tips. They helped me a lot 🙂 x

  • GiovannaPacini

    Fun post! Always love to get more photography advice!

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  • Oh my gosh Supal! I love this post! Very helpful! I was thinking of buying a Canon Rebel actually, how are you finding it?

    • Glad it was helpful! I’m planning on posting more. I love Canon and the rebel series is great for beginners! It makes learning manual easier and it’s not too big compared to other DSLRs.

  • Nicole Layne

    Very helpful tips! I just bookmarked this post!

    Nicole to the Nines

  • YES! I couldn’t agree more. Awesome tips Supal!

  • Great tips Supal! Your photography skills are really exceptional. I love how blogging encourages the development of so many skill sets. I look back to my first recipe post pictures and cringe a little bit…I could’ve used all these tips back then:)

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    • You are so sweet, Lesleigh 🙂 I can’t believe you think I’m such a good photographer! I hope to share some more tips actually… focusing on manual mode and set ups.

  • Great tips, but you have a wonderful talent too my dear 🙂 X

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