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April 25, 2009

Adopt A Blogger 3: Meet My New Blog Daughter, Teri From Make A Whisk!


I had so much fun during the last round of "Adopt a Blogger" with my blog twins Nella and Ingrid that I decided I would sign up for Round Three! This time around I've been paired with Teri from Make a Whisk!

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that if you've jumped into the food blogging universe that you are passionate about food, and that's good! When you create a blog it should be about something you are passionate about, because if you set out to write about something you aren't really into then it's going to get old in a hurry! If you've found your passion then all the other chips will fall into place!

When I adopted Nella and Ingrid last go around I talked about good pictures in terms of a food blog and instead of trying to recreate that I'm going to quote myself below because my sentiments have not changed. So here it goes:

In my mind one of the most important aspects of a food blog is pictures, and not just pictures alone, good pictures. Granted every picture you take may not be fabulous, but you need to put a lot of thought into what you are shooting and how it looks, but don't worry this doesn't have to take a lot of time. Once you get used to it it will become second nature and you can take a fabulous photo in mere seconds! (And in fact the pictures on both of your sites look great, so you can skip down to the next thing if you're already a camera aficionado.) They say that people eat with their eyes and I think that is true to an extent (food has to actually taste good too) but something that doesn't look that appetizing isn't going to make someone want to try it! A good camera is essential and picking up a few photography tips is a must as well!

When I first started Dianne's Dishes in January of 2007 I used a Canon D20 SLR. Unfortunately in June of this year she decided to give up the ghost and went to the big camera heaven in the sky and I have to admit I was devastated, utterly and completely just flattened. I think it was safe to say I was way too attached to my camera, but when you use one as much as I do, they sort of become part of you. All of that to say that I highly recommend a digital SLR if you can swing one, but if not don't sweat that either (see below).

After my Canon died I started playing around with my old Sony Mavica CD400 and cursing it often! While it would take some fabulous pictures here and there, it just didn't have the range that I wanted. So as I wait for the camera fairy to come bless me with a brand new camera I've been using my Canon PowerShot SD750 Digitial Elph exclusively.

The key to good food pictures, whether you're using a SLR or a point and shoot, is good light and no flash! If you can take the food outside into natural light, that's fabulous! If it's rainy and dreary, turn on the lights and turn off the flash! If the pictures look a little blurry with no flash then get a tripod. (I got one at Target for $20 a couple of years ago and it attaches to every camera I have including my video camera!) Also think about how you are staging your food...What's around it? What's behind it? How it looks is key. Currently, when using my point and shoot, I turn the flash off, put it on the macro setting and also set it up for foliage...I don't know why but the foliage setting works fabulously for food pictures! (I'm still anxiously awaiting the camera fairy however!)

I think you'll find that the food blogging community as a whole is a very open, very encouraging group! There is a little bit of everything and everything in between! You can find a niche where you fit in very nicely depending on what you are interested in. Food bloggers as a general rule are also open to questions and comments for the most part too, so if you see something you like tell them! If you have a question then ask. We're all in this together!

For my regular readers, I'll be adding Teri's blog to my blog roll, but for now take the link above and stop by and say hello to Teri and welcome her to the family so to speak! And Teri please feel free to e-mail anytime at diannesdishes at gmail dot com with any questions or anything. Drop me a comment here so I'll have your e-mail address as well. Also thanks to Kristen at Dine and Dish for giving this idea life. It's so much fun!

I hope you all are having a fabulous weekend. It's busy, busy, busy here! See you Monday! Have a great one!

Posted by Dianne at April 25, 2009 7:23 PM

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OK - I love that graphic! I should have used that for the Adopt a Blogger badge. Too cute!
I love this post... great tipis!

Posted by: Kristen at April 25, 2009 9:59 PM

Hello, Mama blogger! Yay, Nella and I have a new sister! I'm going to swing over to her blog and give her a warm welcome to the family! :)

Posted by: ingrid at April 26, 2009 12:02 AM

Fabulous! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at April 26, 2009 6:26 PM

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