Hi friends! Thanks for reading my blog! I started this blog as somewhat of an accident – I wanted to learn how to code and design a website. But through my journey starting Rosemary and Rye, I’ve really developed a passion for food blogging – designing recipes, taking mouthwatering photos, tasting all the yummy culinary creations… I wanted to start a little section where you can follow my journey: see what I’ve learned, tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way, and inspiration for you to get started with your own blog! Enjoy!
Food Blogging Inspiration
Most of my recipes come from experimenting with flavors in the kitchen. But sometimes I get chef’s block and need a little inspiration to get the creative juices flowing! There are so many amazing food blogs that I turn to for inspiration! Every Tuesday, I’ll be doing a post called “Tasty Tuesday”, in which I’ll be gathering my favorite recipe inspiration for the week. Check out the latest ones here:
- Monthly Cooking Inspo
- Tasty Tuesday + Veggie and Vegan Burgers
- Berry Classic Blueberry Pie
- Not Your Grandma’s Bourbon Pecan Bars
- 20 Minute Meal: Fennel and Cod en Papillote
- Bhakti Chai Cupcakes with Cardamom Buttercream
- Bhakti Brewery Break
- Red, White, & Blue No Bake Berry Cobbler
- Tasty Tuesday + Cool Things.
- Summer Pasta Salad for Memorial Day
Of course, I can’t forget cookbooks! I have quite the collection of cookbooks and I love turning to them for timeless inspiration:
Photography Tools and Resources:
I currently use a Nikon D3300 – it’s a great beginner camera at a (more) affordable of a cost and does a great job as I’m learning to perfect my food photography. The only setback I’ve experienced thus far is that the ISO range is somewhat limited. For example, I have to choose between 100, 200, 400, 800, etc. and can’t select an ISO of 250. I can work around this by adjusting my lighting but gives me slightly less control over my photos.
I’ve been using a Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens or “nifty fifty” prime lens almost exclusively for food photography. A “prime” lens is one that doesn’t have a zoom feature so it forces me to think creatively and move around to get the best angle and shot. The lens also allows me to get close up to the food to show texture and allows me to shoot at a higher aperture which allows for the nice bokeh / depth of field (or blurring of the background). This lens also has autofocus as well as a manual adjustment mode.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: There is a cheaper version of this lens called the Nikon AF FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens online the does not autofocus with a Nikon DSLR camera. I originally bought this lens and used it for over 6 months and loved it before realizing that I had bought one that only worked with manual focus settings. The downside to only being able to manually focus this lens is that sometimes you think you have a clear shot, but you’ll notice it is blurry in post processing. Always disappointing to lose the perfect shot to a little blur!
Currently, I shoot in almost exclusively natural light. I’m still learning how to work with artificial lighting so hopefully more to come about that soon!
- Tasty Food Photography – this is an e-book from Pinch of Yum author, Lindsay Ostrom. She also creates the photography courses on FBP. This e-book is a great intro into settings and fundamentals of photography! Great resource if you’re just starting out and want to learn your way around a DSLR.
- Two Loves Studio – this is a wonderful food photography blog that I’ve referenced for everything from gear to inspiration. Rachel is so knowledgable and relatable! She gives really great advice for more intermediate photographers.
- Food Blogger Pro – there are hundreds of really great courses on FBP that I’ve taken! I’ve learned a lot about camera settings, composition, movement, food styling, and even how to create good videos. Definitely recommend FBP if you want to learn more about starting a food blog – they’ll walk you through every step.
Food Blogger Pro
One of the most useful resources I’ve had for Rosemary and Rye is Food Blogger Pro. Food Blogger Pro is a community and “university” for food bloggers where you’ll find a plethora of videos, courses, checklists, ebooks, and a robust forum to answer all your food blogging questions. If you’re interested in starting your own blog, this is a great place to start! They even offer a free ebook, check it out!
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