This past Sunday I took a DIY Food Photography class at Brooklyn Brainery, a ‘trade school’ that offers cheap, informative classes on pretty much anything you can imagine. In addition to DIY Food Photography, this month they also offered classes on Knot Tying, WordPress and Intro to Urban Forestry, among others.
We were instructed to bring a piece of fruit or a vegetable to photograph, or, if we were feeling more adventurous, something a little more complex. I figured that since I’ve a baking blog, I should probably take a baked good. And what would be a good, complex thing to photograph that wouldn’t take hours to create?
The answer came in the form of The Busty Baker’s French Toast and Bacon Cupcakes, cupcakes which blew me away the first time I saw them back at CupcakeCampColumbus 1.0. They were delicious and a sight to behold, with a little crowning piece of bacon on top.
So I whipped up a batch. The most difficult part of this cupcake (besides realizing I was out of piping bags and wasting half a batch of frosting trying to use a piping tip in a Ziploc bag) was cooking the bacon. I’m a skillet girl myself, but I wanted my pieces of bacon to be as flat as possible, so I went the microwave route. The first round of microwaved bacon got burnt black and left my entire apartment smelling like a pig in an incinerator. I finally got a handle on the cooking times and turned out some lovely pieces of bacon.
They certainly were a talking point at the class. Everyone else brought fruit or vegetables, which are very pretty, but come on. How often do you just NEED to photograph an onion? I am of the opinion that most of the people in that class will find themselves documenting full dishes than just the ingredients.
The class was great and I learned some very important things about my camera’s setting and how to use Photoshop to manipulate photos. I also learned that if I really want to get serious in photographing my food, I need to buy another lens. Isn’t that always the way?
Update: You can read another blog post about this event at Julia C. Smith‘s blog. Check out her pretty radish photos!