Food and Light Workshop. Yes, I learned practical skills that I will take home and hopefully improve the photos for this blog. Those skills were the whole point of attending the workshop. Yet, somehow when I look back on those two days last week, it is not the skills I remember. Yes, I do remember them too (I don't want my instructors to panic).
What I really learned from this workshop is why I blog. I have always known that my favorite part of the process in creating a blog post is the photography. I love setting up the scene on my kitchen table and trying to find the light. The big thing I learned recently and it was reinforced is that back lighting and side lighting are beautiful for food photography. Somewhere a long time ago I had learned that back lighting was a bad thing and so I had always avoided it until recently. I was able to rent a Canon 60D camera from Pro-Photo Rental in Boulder. The workshop provided great instruction on how to use it, not to mention tons of props and fun food items to photograph donated from Robin Chocolates, Whole Foods Market Boulder, and Helliemae's Salt Caramels. I loved that I was there just to work on my photography. I wasn't thinking about what I was going to write about or how the recipe would turn out. It was just me and the camera, and for the first time in a long time I lost myself in that creative Zen I used to find when I was a painting. Hours felt like minutes and I tuned everything else out. It felt wonderful to be unleashed with great tools and instruction.
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