Health & Food Demo

My first food photo-shoot or how we fell in love with tortilla

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Last time I wrote about my experiment with tortilla and tuna, how fast andtasty food can also be healthy. A few days passed after I cooked it the first time, but certainly it wasn’t the last one. My precious gym junkie liked it very much and asked me to do it over and over again. He loved its taste, but I needed a change so I started to add new ingredients.

First of all I changed the usual salads to iceberg. It gave tortilla refreshing flavor which we liked. Then I tried to put rucola salad, but the flavor was too intense so I changed it to cucumbers. Finally, I remembered that tuna goes very well with eggs and for now it’s the final ingredient that fits (at least for a few days, he he).

I sat down near my newest work and enjoyed the view. “I need to have it on my blog”, I thought loudly. But my precious wasn’t at home and it was a sign that I needed to do my first food photo-shoot.

So far I only had experience with cooking and compositions making, but that was all. I didn’t know how to use DSLR camera, but at the same time I wanted to learn that. This encouraged me to grab a camera and start shooting. I didn’t change any settings on camera (I still need to learn what effect they make), so I left them as they were.


I made a few random shoots in my kitchen and the living-room, but photos were too dark and underexposed. Luckily, today was a sunny day, therefor I took my exhibit and placed it near window. This little change worked very well. Of course I still needed to use a photo editing program to fix contrasts and tones (it was also a new experience, as I used Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (here’s a 30 days free trail if you’d like to try), because before that I knew only Paint and Microsoft Picture Manager, but they didn’t have that much settings), yet I’ll write more about that next time.

So the lessons I learned today:

  1. There’s always a way to make the same meal taste differently
  2. You never know until you try
  3. There’s never too little light when you do a photo-shoot and the natural one is the best one

I know that my photo has shadows around it and I need so much to learn, but I’m still proud of it! I hope it encourages you to gain new experiences too.

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My name is Randy Patterson, and I’m currently looking for a job in youth services. I have 10 years of experience working with youth agencies. I have a bachelor’s degree in outdoor education. I raise money, train leaders, and organize units. I have raised over $100,000 each of the last six years. I consider myself a good public speaker, and I have a good sense of humor.

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