With having a graphic and web design background, most of getting Gluten Free Yumms started was pretty easy. I knew I needed a content management site, hosting, domain name, logo, etc. But there were a few items that I didn’t have that I’ve found to be very helpful. I’ve created a resource page to show which products and services I’m currently using on my blog. Of course, this isn’t a complete, but hits the main items. If you’re interested in starting your own blog and have questions, please feel free to contact me. I’ll happy to answer any questions I can.
This is my third DSLR from Canon. The 6D is a great amateur full frame camera that gives you complete control over your photo shoots and ability to interchange lens. I purchased my first Canon DSLR in 2006, the Rebel XTi, which was an amazing beginner camera to learn on. I highly recommend the Rebel series if you are just starting out. In 2013, I upgraded to the Canon 60D, which is another great camera. I went to a full frame camera to meet all my needs in photography – shooting wildlife and landscape to food. I personally love the wheel on the back of the 6D. It’s great for a quick aperture, ISO and AF point change, as well as scrolling through your photos for a quick preview.
I’m a researcher and everyone said for food photography, you need a 50mm lens. I decided to buy the 50mm f/1.8 instead of the 50mm f/1.4 because of price. At the time, there was a $300 price difference and I wanted invest wisely into my blog. I still get amazing photographs and have a wide aperture range to experiment with during my shoots.
I prefer to shoot freehand. I can move around freely and find the best shot without moving my food and props. But…there are some days when I’m a wee bit shakey and getting the photo in focus takes a million shots. The tripod saves the day. It’s a little more work to move around, but in focus is always a better shot. I also find that I take less shots too, which means less to sort through when searching for the perfect post worthy image.
I live in a small apartment with very limited options for natural lighting. I figured out how to shoot with natural lighting, which I prefer, but I know there will be those winter days that I may need to shot after dark. This is a great little table top studio that is compact and easily stored. I also use the flatten photo box as a reflector in my shoots for natural lighting.
Hosting is super important for your food blog. I switched to Host Gator from another service provider because the loading time for editing and working in WordPress was ridiciously slow. Now with HostGator, I can write and edit my posts fast, the loading time of each page is super fast and with competitive pricing. They even have a package with a one-click WordPress install (See Application Hosting on their homepage.)
I’ve worked with several WordPress templates and frameworks. Genesis the best! Using the same framework, allows you to change templates without having to spend a ton of time figuring out how to use the new templates layout or framework. The customer service is excellent and answers your questions in a timely manner. They also have a tutorials online to help out with the basic how-to’s.
The Foodie template is designed by Shay Bocks. It’s a great template with awesome customer service. The Foodie template comes with tutorials, available on the Shay Bocks website, that tells you exactly how to get the Foodie look.
Being a designer, I’ve been using the Adobe suite for, well as long as I can remember. For the blog, I use Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator and InDesign.
Lightroom: managing my photos and color correction)
Illustrator: logo design and creating vector graphics
InDesign: creating layouts for press releases, invoices and cookbooks