How to Properly Use Jpeg Files for Your Blog

by Christina Peters on December 16, 2014

Jpeg File Menu | Food Photography Blog

How many of you are still shooting in JPEG file format for your food photos?  Most food bloggers that I meet are.  That’s ok, for now.  There is a better way to shoot (future post), but for now I will discuss the best practices for shooting and using JPEG files that I bet you are not doing. 

If you are starting out or have a less expensive camera, chances are the only file option for you to shoot in is a JPEG file.  The higher end cameras offer you two file formats to choose from; JPEG, and RAW files.

I will talk about the details of RAW files in my next post, but for now, a RAW file is an uncompressed file that contains data used to produce a new image from that file.  RAW files are not stand alone files.   This means that you must use software like Photoshop Bridge, or Adobe Lightroom to process this file into a new file in order to use that image in any way.  You use the RAW file as if it’s a negative that needs to be printed.

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Drakes Family Farm | Food Photography Blog

Did you know that goats can smile?  It’s true.  They totally do.  At least on this farm they do.  This happy critter chomping on premium, lush, green alfalfa hay (trucked in from Utah at $9800 a truckload!) is just one of 331 goats that farmer and veterinarian Dan Drake takes care of.

This is the Drake Family Farm in Ontario, California.  How on earth did I end up photographing a goat farm in Ontario, you ask?  Well, it goes like this…

One of my favorite local clients is Mendocino Farms in the Los Angeles area.  Mendocino Farms is a sandwich market like no other.  I’m addicted to several of their sandwiches and salads, oh and side salads, and lemonades, you get the idea.

Mendo was founded by Mario del Pero, and this man LOVES food and KNOWS food.  Talking to Mario is always fun and interesting.  I learn so much about so many foods each time we shoot.  His passion for this is beyond obsession, it is his way of life.  Everyone I’ve met at Mendo so far has the same love for food.

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Why Are My Images Out of Focus???

Why Are My Images Out of Focus???

by Christina Peters November 22, 2014

Look familiar?  Happens all the time.  You take a bunch of shots, they look great on your tiny, tiny, camera LCD, get home, download the images, and whammo, a ton of shots are out of focus. I always shoot with my camera’s lens set to Auto Focus.  I have always had a hard time focusing […]

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What is the Best Camera Angle for Shooting Food?

What is the Best Camera Angle for Shooting Food?

by Christina Peters November 12, 2014

Do you have trouble figuring out what camera angle to use for your food shots?  I find that with the students that I teach,  this is a very common problem.   My students often teach me what I need to teach them.  When I first started teaching, I would do a demo in class where […]

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Photographing Restaurants - Part 3 - How to Take Good Pictures of Food in a Restaurant

Photographing Restaurants – Part 3 – How to Take Good Pictures of Food in a Restaurant

by Christina Peters November 2, 2014

And now for the final part of my Restaurant Photography Series – Part 3.  I will finally be talking about photographing the food and chefs for restaurants. The shot above was done for Napa Valley Grille in Westwood, CA.  I was hired to shoot from 2-4:30 pm.  I ended up shooting from 2 – 5:30 […]

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Photographing Restaurants - Part 2 - My Food Styling Kit

Photographing Restaurants – Part 2 – My Food Styling Kit

by Christina Peters October 26, 2014

I am not a food stylist.  I am a food photographer.  Huge difference.  Over the years, I have learned several tricks for styling food, so when I am photographing food in restaurants without a food stylist, I will have to help the Chef style the food a lot of the time. I will show you […]

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What You Must Know about Photographing Restaurants - Part 1: The Business Side

What You Must Know about Photographing Restaurants – Part 1: The Business Side

by Christina Peters October 20, 2014

  I started writing this post – first with the photography how-to part, and found that I kept talking about the business aspect of the shoot, as there is so much that must happen before you step foot into the restaurant. In this post, I will explain how to photograph a restaurant professionally and what […]

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Behind the Scenes of a Breakfast Food Shoot

Behind the Scenes of a Breakfast Food Shoot

by Christina Peters September 28, 2014

  It’s been very crazy and busy the last few weeks.  I thought it would be fun to show some recent photo shoots. I had a very fun shoot with a good friend, chef and budding new food stylist, Sarah Simms Hendrix of La Femme Epicure.  We tested several breakfast dishes. All the images were […]

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10 Strange Food Photography "Tools" and Tricks

10 Strange Food Photography “Tools” and Tricks

by Christina Peters September 5, 2014

Contained in this post are 10 strange and unusual items that I have in the studio for shooting food.  I’ll also tell you where you can get them as well.  I’ll be mentioning or linking to a few companies here – none of the companies or links are affiliates.  #1.  “Shaved Ice” Looks like shaved […]

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Fabulous Images from the Food Photography Contest

Fabulous Images from the Food Photography Contest

by Christina Peters August 26, 2014

We had so many nice entries for the food photography contest, I just had to share our favorites with you.  As you scroll down you can see several of the entries.  I decided to do a food photography contest to celebrate National Food Photography Day, the holiday I made up a few months ago.  Yes, […]

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