I think my husband had a heart attack when I declined a $1,000 job. You know a $1,000 is a lot of money. It is what some people make in a month. It is a lot to me as well. The question is why did I decline that much money? How do I determine when to say “Yes” to a job and when to say “No”? What happened as a result of me declining the job? How did I decline the job to make sure my relationship with the brand was still in good standing?Continue reading
I want to level with you and give you some real advice. The difference between a promotion and your current job is your ability to communicate in writing. The difference between a good student and an exceptional student is how they convey meaning in writing. I have always struggled with my writing. I am dyslexic, and grammar rules confuse me and I can’t get a handle on it. I needed help, so I decided to do a Grammarly review. I was smart enough to find a FREE tool that checks my grammar. That is correct it is free, and it checks your grammar.Continue reading
This Real Advice Gal is heading to New York City this summer to attend Blogger Bash! I had such a great time last year. I can’t wait to see all the gals I met last year and I am always excited to meet new people and make new friends. I also love connecting with new brands and building relationships with companies. Since I will be meeting so many new people I am taking a moment to reflect on how I will be making an impression.
Top 5 tips for making an impression:Continue reading
I have become a food photographer. I never thought that would happen. I am learning more each and every day. I really enjoy photographing food. I believe that it is just like anything else you need knowledge, practice, patience, equipment, and did I mention a lot of practice! I am so into cooking and food photography I have a site called cooking in bliss so check that site out. I found the key to great food photography is great looking food. Then you need the right light, setting, and the right lens. I am learning each day and I believe I am close to the perfect picture.
Tutorials I have watched
All the ones on Lynda.com
Check out creative live for FREE Photography classes
Tutorials I have read
Edible Perspective – Great 101 definitions
Awesome free ebook Two Peas
food stylist Vivaldo
The strobist lighting information
Software to edit images I recommend
Okay, I am going to be honest one of the best tips I have received is how to load presets into lightroom. It is easier to use these created enhancements instead of spending hours making your own or doing each picture by hand. This is the best food photography tricks.
Adobe Lightroom presets (you have to tweet and like them on FB)
Lightroom presets I have paid for
Dujardin, Helene Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography and Styling,
Equipment I own
My Cheap Camera Bag
My Stylish Camera Bag
How to make a DIY studio
See my before and after shoot images to see how I set them up.
Places to submit your food photography images
These reduce the glare when you are shooting glass
PLR Optics 58MM High Resolution 3-piece Filter Set (UV, Fluorescent, Polarizer) For The Canon Digital EOS Rebel SL1 (100D), T5i (700D), T4i (650D), T3 (1100D), T3i (600D), T1i (500D), T2i (550D), XSI (450D), XS (1000D), XTI (400D), XT (350D), 1D C, 70D, 60D, 60Da, 50D, 40D, 30D, 20D, 10D, 5D, 1D X, 1D, 5D Mark 2, 5D Mark 3, 7D, 6D Digital SLR Cameras Which Has Any Of These (18-55mm, 75-300mm, 50mm 1.4 , 55-200) Canon Lenses
This is one of the best investments. I have shaky hands and this gives me the ability to take images with a huge range of motion. This is a must have. I can’t live without item. I would save up instead of buying junk!
This is what I started with and I still use it to take product pictures. It makes taking picture and controlling light easier.
I am so glad I saved up and bought this lens it has an amazing ability to capture food images. I can’t explain how in love with this lens I am.
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens for Canon SLR Cameras This is my favorite by far but a bit expensive!
This is my take everywhere lens it shots nicely but is a bit heavy. I find I can take great close ups and get nice detail far away as well.
This is the lens I bring with me when my kids are on stage. It isn’t useful for food photography and it came in a kit I bought at one time.
This is my favorite lens. It is heavy but incredible.
This is a no brainer if you do food. You should not touch your camera while playing with food. I also let my kids click the button so that keeps them out of my picture.
This is really helpful to make sure my computer is tethered to my camera. I shoot using lightroom so I can see what I am doing on a large screen. This item bridges the gap between the camera and the computer.
I use these to hold onto my swanky prints and to keep placemats tied down.
I lost all my pictures once and realized I needed a wifi card just in case. It works with your smart phone to upload the pictures to it.
This is a great lens for food photography. I also use it for portrait photography. It was my starter lens but I like the 100 macro and use that one all the time.
I keep the lens I am not using in this
I always have cards to spare…
I always have two batteries or more you never want to run out of battery.
These are great and they fold up easily. I uses the clips above to hold them.
This is what is in my cheap photography bag post.
This is to prevent my lens from being scratched
This is my baby and the single biggest investment I have made. I have been very happy but I have had to learn a lot to use this camera. I suggest staying with the Canon rebel if you aren’t ready to study!
You can also follow me on instagram if you want to see my before and after photography projects.. http://instagram.com/madamedeals
Advanced Blogging tips are those that really deal with how to make money at this whole blogging thing. Here are some of my favorite posts on doing that.
If you are having trouble with shared hosting. I would suggest Liquid web hosting. I had so many problems with 8 other hosting companies. This was the only one that worked. I consider your host the most important item you can buy. It doesn’t matter how wonderful your site is. How pretty the design is if your site is always down. You need a site that is reliable I mean don’t you have something better to do than talk to your hosting company? I have been asked on several occasions how is their customer service? The answer I have is I really do not know I speak with them so infrequently I do not worry about it. They handle my calls or chat quickly and have been very helpful in helping a site that in the past has been a huge problem stay operational. They were also cheaper than my last host and if you factor in the time I spent dealing with my site being down and the revenue I lost… oh my!
I learned how to add an image Gallery today ….
Go to add Media
Then Select CREATE Gallery……………..
Select the pictures you wish for your gallery. You can move them around in the order you select. They should be clickable to the post that they were placed in.
This is an example each of these image will direct you to the post they were used it.
1) You need a great laptop or desktop. You will be on your computer all the time. I use a Mac for everyday and my Chrome book when I travel.
2) You need a fast internet speed
3) You obviously need a domain name. My blogging tip is for you to buy it through Go Daddy.
4) You will need hosting iPage
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iPage is cheap and the service is awesome. You can also host multiple sites on the same host. is fine until your blog gets bigger than I would transfer your blog to Big Scoots. This statement was made prior to me trying iPage until you get several thousand posts you should be fine on iPage.