Shades of CInnamon

So you want to be a Food Blogger

We eat with our eyes, so for a food blogger ,  photography is such an  important aspect.  Your images should make your viewers want to lick their screens. Of course your recipes have to be tried and tried again to make sure they are perfect.  And then the most important step is getting your blog out there, so that people can enjoy what you have to offer.


Chicken salad

Healthy Chicken Salad with Peppadews 

Muesli breakfast

Berries Yoghurt and Granola Breakfast

In today’s Instagram, foodie and cellphoneography world everyone considers themselves a food photographer. In fact its almost customary to take a photograph of your food before you start eating it.  But how many of us know what it actually takes to be a food blogger and photographer. It involves being a researcher, recipe developer, cook, stylist, writer and a photographer before you can begin to edit, upload, and finish off a post.

Ray Friedman Chef

The Neighbourgoods Market, Biscuit Mill, Cape Town  and  The Italian Market at Mamma Luciana

Food photography is about telling a story – where the ingredients came from, what season you are in, who made it,  and for what occasion it is being created.  It is not just as simple as throwing a few plates of food on the table, and snapping away from an overhead position at your latest meal.  Its all about planning and selecting the right boards or bowls, the best surfaces to place them on, with props of different textures and colours that will all tell the right story and compliment the food to make it as appealing as possible.

The Perfect light for food photography

Beetroot Chips with Rosemary Salt  and  Lactose Free Chocolate Ice Cream

Then of course you have to have the freshest ingredients, blemish free fruit and vegetables, you need to make sure the shot is taken before the food congeals, wilts, or melts and all the time chasing the perfect light.  We all know that without the perfect light, no one is going to say “wow I want to eat that ” when they see a photograph. Great lighting is essential, and as all my food photographs are taken with natural light,  my goal is to capture as much of our amazing African sunshine as I can, because we have an abundance of it.

Garden salad at Babylonstoren


 Garden Salad at Babylonstoren, Cape, South Africa

But key to a good blog post is obviously a great recipe.  It may have to be tried and tested a few times before it is good enough to share.  And only then can the process of  photographing and posting begin.

I Love cooking and I Love photography so what better way to share my life with you.  I hope you enjoy the new look Shades of Cinnamon and try a few new recipes.

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  • Reply Tracey February 21, 2015 at 11:36 AM

    looks fantastic congratulationaS. You are spotT on – no one realizes how much work goes into a blog post.

  • Reply Vanessa February 21, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    looks great and I love your photography. What camera do you use if you don’t mind me asking

    • Reply Shades of Cinnamon February 21, 2015 at 11:40 AM

      Thanks Vanessa – I use a Canon 7D and my favourite lens for food photography is a fixed lens 50mm

  • Reply Margie Coppen February 21, 2015 at 1:35 PM

    stunning new look Ev! Well done. Xxx

  • Reply Mercia Jacobs February 21, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    I am in awe of your new look Blog Ev.. The layout.. quality of your photography is amazing! The recipes are so easy to follow..and it is now so easy to use the drop down menus to make a selection to view. Overall an award winning site. . I just love it.. and look forward to seeing when your new posts always arrive .. Well done.. proud of you Ev.. love the new look… love…Mercia Jacobs

  • Reply Joanie February 24, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    Congratulations Ev, your new website looks ultra professional. Just perfect for you.. wishing you lots of success, lots of eating and lots of photography.

  • Reply Julia May 18, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    I do enjoy your new website and I’m glad you moved to a more user responsible and friendly theme! And oh, great pics! Greetings, Man With Van Beckenham Ltd.

    • Reply Shades of Cinnamon October 3, 2015 at 12:34 PM

      Thank you so much Julia, yes it is so much better now, but changes do come with some setbacks. I discovered today that thousands of comments have been automatically placed into my spam folder so hence this ridiculously late reply. Hope you have a fantastic weekend.

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