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    • Ya, Chris, Soft indirect natural lighting helps alot. But if you don't have that, a little fiddling with the white balance, and exposure compensation goes a long way.

      The exposure typically need to be pushed brighter when shooting at anything with a bright white dishes. Camera exposure logic will normally attempt to render the whites into greys, which will under expose the actual interesting parts of the pic.

      And you always have the option of pushing the image exposure in post to compensate for mistakes. I always under-expose my shots, and push my raw file in post production, because you can almost always pull up details from the shadows, whereas it is impossible to pull back details from over-exposure.

      Today it's our first attempt at cherry vanilla ice cream....This was shot with center-weight exposure, -1/3 stop, but then pushed nearly 2 stops in post.

    • Mixed greens with mushrooms stir fry with a side of brown rice (not pictured). Took a few photos of it inside the house and outside. This one I liked the most because of the texture of the wood in the background and a soft light of the shade.

    • I really should have taken a portrait of the disaster that came before this one, because it was a hot mess. I made a perfectly gorgeous pizza...but forgot that I needed to make it on the pizza peel. The resulting disaster was still baked into a half- pizza-ish half calzone-ish big hot mess...and it was still friggin delicious. It all tastes the same in your mouth.

      This one is more photogenic....but definitely has less character. But this one did have some culinary merit too. The onions and garlic were carmelilzed over pretty low heat, and took like a half hour to turn into that sweet 'n savory mess. The eggplant was salted and pressed all afternoon. Fresh mozz...heirloom tomats... So...lots of love went into this sucker, and the results were delish.