Feast Portland is one of the top food festivals in the country. We were able to taste food from most of the top restaurants in Oregon and beyond! Learn about some of the best places to eat in Portland as well as get our tips for a successful food festival experience.Read More
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We love this Greek flatbread recipe because it is a delicious way to recreate the flavors of a gyro at home (without needing to bring a shawarma into your house)! Its flatbread pizza form makes a great appetizer when cut into smaller slices, or just make this colorful lamb flatbread for dinner. Any leftover tzatziki sauce is perfect for a veggie dip and our lamb meatball recipe on its own will definitely make it to our dinner table again as it would be great in a salad, Mediterranean bowl or in a sandwich.Read More
Brown Sugar Bourbon made into a sweet and velvety icing?! Yes, please! This recipe can be used on homemade or store-bought cinnamon rolls, pumpkin bars, bundt cakes, pancakes, you name it! You might even want to double the batch just so you have more icing to lick off of the spoon! We usually don’t love powdered sugar icing, but the addition of the bourbon, butter, and cinnamon makes a big difference in overall taste. We know you’ll enjoy it too!Read More
New Orleans: a city filled with history, culture, Southern food and its fair share of ghost stories! There is something so special about the charming architecture and brass band music filling the streets of Nola. Cuisine from “the big easy” is big and heavy. Most regional dishes include seafood pulled right from the gulf. Food is often deep fried and commonly has a Cajun kick. Sounds pretty awesome, right!?! Click to learn about the best food in New Orleans, Louisiana.Read More
We have the honor of presenting at the International Food Blogger Conference in New Orleans. To make things easy for the attendees at the conference, set up this blog post as a simple way to access a copy of our Food Photography Success presentation and get detailed information about the equipment that we use at home. Additionally, here is access to a copy of our presentation:
3 Piece Lighting Set Up
This is the best low cost lighting set we've used, and it will take your home photography to a new level. What's also amazing about them is that they are highly adjustable and even go compact for easy storage. It's a savior in winter months when natural light can be hard to come by!
External Flash - Sony
Natural light is always king, but a flash is it's trusty sidekick whether you're at home or on the road. The key to stellar food photography is to point the flash upward. It reflects the light off of the ceiling to mimic natural light.
Top Down Tripod
Tripods aren't always needed, but the more technical you get with your photography and video having a sturdy and still tripod is vital. Also, if you ever plan on doing a "Tasty" style cooking video having a tripod with top down capability is needed. This model does both and compacts small enough to fit into a suitcase for travel.
Camera Phone Tripod Mount
An inexpensive addition to your tripod. It adjusts to fit all cell phone sizes and allows you the ability to use photography apps on your phone to make some unique content. We use this to create GIFs, stop motion, and time lapse videos.
Sony a6500 Camera
We have received a number of questions at this conference about what camera we use, so we decided to share it with you. We initially used a Nikon, but we found that the DSLR camera was heavy, bulky and not very easy to travel with. About a year ago, we switched to a mirrorless Sony camera. This gives us fantastic photos in a much lighter and more compact camera. We highly recommend this set up with a 50MM lens as a great starter lens that is terrific for food photography.
Wi-Fi CAPABLE Memory Card
If your camera doesn't have Wi-Fi capabilities to send pictures to your phone or computer we highly highly recommend getting a memory card with Wi-Fi. This saves a TON of transfer time, and gives you the ability to post on your social channels in the moment.
Smudged lenses equal blurry photos! We've ordered all of the lens wipes, and these are far and away the best and at a value price point. We also love how they are individually wrapped so you can throw them into your camera bag, purse, backpack, you name it!
Adobe Lightroom CC
The most valuable investment in turning good photos into great photos! For a small monthly or annual fee, you have superior editing power on your mobile and laptop plus an access to an enhanced camera on your mobile phone. Click the link below to try it for $9.99 a month.
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This light and low calorie wonton soup brings in the delicate flavors of Asia and can be made in 20 minutes. It starts by enhancing regular ‘ol chicken broth with ginger, garlic and scallions. Then simply add in additional veggies and frozen Bibigo Chicken and Vegetable Mini Wontons. Bon Appetit!Read More