|Pretty plate of food but poor lighting (see glare from above)|
|Here I have a fork for my prop. Notice the white plate|
does not compete with the colors in my food.
Unfortunately, again I have poor lighting (glare).
I will tell you ... I've learned the best place for me to shoot anything is on my kitchen counter (next to a window) in the daylight hours. If the sun is too bright at that time I have blinds on that window that allows me to manipulate the amount of light coming in. I recommend you EXPERIMENT to find the best spot in your house to get the most natural light.
RENAME YOUR PHOTO
Name your pictures to specifically identify what is in the photo. In other words, don't let your camera name your photo 04016.jpg. Rename it to address the actual subject of the photo in terms that someone might use when doing a web search. For instance, if you have a photo on your blog with the file name 04016.jpg, it will not come up in a web search (unless someone used that number, perhaps?), but if your photo is of a pot roast and your photo file name is pot roast.jpg, the likelihood you will show up on someone's web search for pot roast is greater. This will increase your blog traffic.
WATERMARK/TEXT LABEL YOUR PHOTOS
Now that we are in the midst of the Pinterest craze, it is advisable that you add your blog name or logo to your photos. If your photos are pinned without the actual blog post link, including the blog name on the photo will enable a viewer to find your blog and the original post. Most photo editing software (many come on a CD with your camera) has the watermark or text capability. There are also online photo editing resources you can use!