For the past year, I’ve practiced like crazy to improve my food photography. My photos weren’t necessarily awful when I first started blogging – the artistic eye & ability to plate well has always been there but technically, I just wasn’t there yet. With so many gorgeous food blogs out there, I wanted to make sure PGEW had the quality of the photos match the quality of the content.
After months of intense practice and crazy photo yoga poses that made me discover thigh muscles I never knew existed, I feel I’ve improved immensely. I still have a long way to go, and though I have yet to take an actual photography class, I’ve made good use of books, online articles and phone apps to give me the info I need to translate the images in my head into actual mouthwatering photos. I’ve conquered things like steak (brown food can be terribly unsexy), ice cream (a total bitch to photograph in the middle of summer) – even dimly lit restaurants are not as intimidating for me, now that I have a better understanding of my camera.
But one ingredient has kept me from feeling like I’ve conquered my biggest food photo demons. It’s one that has given me problems in every single recipe I’ve used it in: the beet.
O, blessed beets in all their gorgeous jewel tones! I adore them but photographing the standard purple ones has pretty much been disastrous for me. All my beet recipes look like absolute hell, partly because I used to be intent on getting that shot no matter what (which I’ve stopped doing; quality vs. quantity, yo. Quality always wins), partly because I usually use fresh beets I’ve roasted myself as opposed to the canned kind, the color of which is quite different.
But that shouldn’t be a reason to forever doom myself to a life sans fresh roasted beets (or a blog sans beet recipes), right? Right! So with some lovely ones from my last trip to the farmer’s market, I decided to resurrect an old favorite of mine to see if I could finally give it the photo shoot it deserved. And I succeeded. :D (Though for some reason we still can’t make photos within the post not go through that weird skewing process; we’re working on it, though!)
Guess there really is something to the old adage, “Practice makes perfect”! Check out the full recipe post here to give it a try. It’s a good one! :)