A simple photography trick

I enjoy taking photos immensely - so much so that I can no longer bake a cake and just eat it like a normal person. No...I have to style it, dress it and then photograph it. However, I'll be the first to admit that I am by no means a professional photographer and that in fact, all my photos are taken on the iphone and edited with Snapseed.

A few of you have very kindly complimented me on my photos and have even asked that I share my technique. I've always been reluctant to do so because I'm embarrassed by my "technique" - if you can even call it that. And frankly I'm just plain worried that you'll laugh at me when I reveal my "technique".  Today, however I've decided to take that risk and share with you a little trick I often use when taking photos - just don't laugh!

1. In a spot full of natural light, place object (in this case, flowers from my mum-in-law's garden) on a white cutting board.
 2. Straighten the image.
3. Crop the image. I follow the rule of thirds. In this particular image, the flowers take up 2/3 of the length and height of the image.
 4. Adjust brightness, contrast and saturation, as needed.
And that's it! Do you have a photography trick to share too?

31 Responses to A simple photography trick

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Nice tip. That's beautiful.

Jessica said...

This was a great tip! I have been trying to take more photos too, but I am definitely not that great at it yet!

Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

Midnight Cowgirl said...

What a great idea!

Sonia De Macedo said...

Hehehe I do the same, but use Afterlight!

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My Garden Diaries said...

You are too cute! Seriously!!! Your pictures are stunning and that is a fantastic technique! You had me laughing when you were talking about dressing up the cake! Ha! Isn't that so true! My beans ask me all the time what I am taking a picture of now! Have a great week friend!!

On the Same Page said...

Hi there, new follower! Creativity is all about tricks :)! Thanks for sharing! ...

CQUEK said...

Thanks for the tips

Czarina Mae said...

I've never thought of doing that! So helpful since I really like taking photos with my iPHone. Nice tip!

xx

Chrissie said...

Absolutely brilliant! I've recently been trying to learn more about photos - attempting to "up my game" with my blog! - and your tip is genius! I've just learned the rule of thirds, and to see it used with a chopping board and iPhone...well, it makes me feel like I might actually be able to do it! :) Thanks for this, it also helps with the gazillion photos moms take of babies, doesn't it? ;-) Chrissie x

Sarah Jane said...

That's nothing to laugh at at all! The recent picture if a flower on my blog - the one in the post about photography - it's background was a newspaper. In the bright midday light it acted as a reflector & made it look white!! Photography is all about tricks I'm learning - no matter what you're using it how good your pics are :-)

Sarah

Ps never would gave thought your lovely pics were taken in your phone - my phone pics always turn out horrid!

burntfeather said...

I'd never have guessed your photos are from your iphone, not that an iphone can't produce nice pictures, just that your photos are always crazy good which makes me think you're taking phone photography to the next level :)

I love the behind the scenes and I laughed at the cake comment. I too have that problem :P

Sam said...

I can use any type of photography trick I can get! Thanks for sharing this babe.

Tina Bradley said...

Great tip and photos! I adore red flowers paired with white ones! A lovely sight this cold, wintry morning! :) T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

Ice Pandora said...

So true this: I can no longer bake a cake and just eat it like a normal person.

I have to make it stylish and beautiful like magazine level. Thanks for this handy tip, I use a white foamblock as reflector c:
Xx

Jane said...

i love the trick. it's practical, everyone has a cutting board which is so doable. i actually went out and bought cardboard.. one in white and black. thank goodness there was a blow out sale. those are kinda expensive! ;)

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

If I were to pull back on most of the photos on my blog it would reveal the multitude of reflector boards I have set up to bounce light back into my subjects.

Rowena @ rolala loves

Jessica (Coco/Mingo) said...

Thank you Trishie! I'm always open to photo tips as I'm exploring and discovering these things myself!!

Hanna Lee said...

Really great trick :) I'm awful with editing pics but this seems do-able haha.
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Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

Nicely done!

Audrey Allure said...

Sounds great! I also try to use a white desk if I can :)

LittoMokaa said...

This is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing! I will be doing this for my future blog posts! :D

Peach Macarons said...

not silly at all. great tip! I'm always keen to hear how fellow blogger get their shots- Especially without professional lighting and when you just work with natural light. Your photography is always so beautifully balanced and great composition. x

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Awesome! I've always liked your photos and thought you had a big fancy camera! I think the best photos are taken in natural light, no matter what kind of camera you are using.

Linda said...

It certainly works for you...
Your photos are always a pleasure to look at..
Thanks for the tips...I am going to check out "Snapseed"...

Cheers!
Linda :o)

esosandraUTD said...

Wow! Great photo tricks.

Mili said...

This was such a clever trick!

Mili from Call me, Maeby

Anouka K said...

I would never have guessed that all your photos are taken with your iPhone! Wow, love your technique as it is pretty straight forward. Less complicated than mine...

Amy @ Elephant Eats said...

Great tips! Your photos really are always beautiful :) But the real question is how do you keep your white cutting board so spotless?? ;)

Preeti Dubey said...

That's a wonderful tip! I never thought of using cutting board as a white foreground. And hey, you are not alone to bake and eat the cake that way! I even wait for my son to come from school and model for the pictures. :)

Susannah said...

Brilliant! Beautiful flowers and stunning photo. Thanks for sharing your technique. I bought a set of circle shaped collapsible photography light reflectors and diffuser from ebay for $9. The gold one reflects warm light onto the subject, and the white diffuser filters out too harsh full sun light. There's also a black and silver circle but I haven't tried those yet. Definitely worth a try as they've really helped me with some photos :) sparkle2day.com

Sara Strauss {Sincerely, Sara} said...

Great tip!!! That's not embarrassing at all! It's smart!
~Sara
Sincerely, Sara