Resources

This should be a helpful post for anyone looking into blogging resources. I’ll mention the things that I can’t live without and use daily when I’m blogging. I’ll also list  softwares and tools that I turn to when editing pictures. This page will be updated whenever I discover something new to play with so check back to hear about new gadgets and toys.

 

Getting Started

wordpress iconWhen I first created my blog I signed up on wordpress.com, the free blogging tool. It took me 45 minutes to set everything up and it was doable even though I had never done anything on the web. WordPress.com is great if you are just starting out but it definitely also has it’s drawbacks when it comes to choosing themes, adding plugins and individualizing your blog. That’s where wordpress.org comes in. This is the self-hosted platform which requires you to have a web provider. I wrote more about this in this Blog Improvement Friday’s post. WordPress is just one of the tools you could use to blog, many people prefer Blogger.  I just sometimes have problems commenting on Blogger blogs.


My web space provider is hostgator. When I created my self-hosted blog this was the provider that was mentioned in a video I followed along to so I didn’t compare it to other plans. Hostgator offers a variety of plans depending on your needs. What I really appreciate is the fact that they have live chat sessions with their experts so there’s always someone there to help you should you have a problem. I wrote a little bit more about self-hosting here.


How smart is your Theme?  How good is your support? Check out ThesisTheme for WordPress.Do you want a blog theme that looks professionally deigned but you just don’t have the cash to have it professionally designed? Then  DIYthemes is the right this for you.  The Thesis theme option will show up directly in your dashboard and it let’s you easily change your blog design. Changing your header image or font sizes and colors are only a few tools I use on a very regular basis. But this theme makes it possible to create an individualized professional looking blog layout.

 

 

Photography Tools

The photo editing tool  I use everyday is Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. This is a really handy software that I highly recommend to anyone who processes digital images. It took me about 2 weeks to get hold of the features and I still learn new things by trial and error. In addition to editing I use Lightroom to create templates, add a watermark on my pictures, resize images and rename them. If you’re a student: they offer a discount if you have a valid student ID!!!

Picmonkey is another editing tool that is free and easy to use. Just like Lightroom it let’s you edit images but it also has additional fun features. My favorites include the collage builder and the text editor. Sometimes when I post a picture of an image I’ll label certain components or add the recipe title on the image. I do this directly in Picmonkey.


I love my Nikon 3100. I got it from my parents for Christmas in 2010 and after not giving it the love and attention it deserves for quite some time I picked it up some time later and developed a love for food photography.

The lens that I use most for my food photography is the 18-55mm lens that came with the kit. I love this lens because it’s great for getting in close to the food but it does have some drawbacks. I’ve borrowed a lens over the weekend from my photography store which I really loved. The quality of the images was extremely good and the pictures turned out beautifully. I really want to buy a new lens in the near future but I’ll have test a few more before I can decide the perfect one.


                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Tasty Food Photography eBookThere’s a couple of really good photography handbooks out there and one of the best guides you’ll ever get your hand’s on is the Tasty Food Photography eBook. It will download directly onto your computer so you can practice straight away. I often read through some of the chapters when I’m looking to learn about something specific.

Plate to Pixel by Helene DujardinThe second trusted guide I refer to a lot is the Bible of Food Photography, if I may say so. Helene Dujardin, author of the famous blog Tartlette wrote Plate to Pixel for anyone interested in food photography. It addresses issues like food styling {one of my favorite topics}, composition but will also tell you about the basic techniques of photography in general. If you are a food blogger this is the book to own!

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