Backdrop for Cake Photography?

Cake and white plate on a wooden background pattern. Note the clean uncluttered background and non obtrusive pattern
Cake and white plate on a wooden background pattern. Note the clean uncluttered background and non obtrusive pattern

The All Important Backdrop

I am not a photographer by any means. That would be my sister’s field. As unfortunate as it is, she doesn’t live near by and even if she did, it would be a bit much to ask of her to photograph each and every one of my projects.
She has, however, armed me with a really nice camera that I still don’t know how to use very well, so a lot of the time I find myself grabbing my iPhone and firing off a few shots.

Camera or iPhone, the importance of having a clean background in a well lit environment is essential. It is the difference between producing an eye catching photo or just one that folks will wiz by without much notice. Therefore, a backdrop for cake photography is a must.

There really is no need to go and purchase expensive backdrop material, as long as you have a clean, wrinkle free back panel of some sort. A fresh un-patterned wall, in a naturally lit area of your home will suffice if you do not have any other choice.
If you take an open area picture and ALL of your stuff is in the background,or that every so popular wrinkled sheet, it detracts from all of the hard work and laborious hours you put into creating that fabulous cake. Understandably, if it is a wedding cake that you are shooting and you are in the venue of the wedding, you may be stuck with clutter in your background.

For this reason, I love the “fuzzy background” look. But that would take camera lesson or two and I haven’t talked sissy into making us a video yet.

Ok, I’ll throw out a shameless plea. Sissy, if you are reading, we need you!

I will show you what I have devised. It makes a world of difference in the quality of photos going up on my site and facebook page.

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Levolor blind wall mounted above my spare bake table
Levolor blind wall mounted above my spare bake table

I was fortunate enough to have a spare bake table in a fairly well lit area of my studio. Armed with a standing adjustable lamp (goodwill store $3.00) and a small ringlite (ebay 109.00), and a wall mounted Levolor blind, I am able to take a pretty decent photo. I have mounted a the blind so that it pulls down over the bake table when I am ready to use it and when I am done it rolls up and out of my way. The blinds do come in colors, but I found that with the varied cakes that I do, the plain white worked for all.

Steampunk Owl cake with dark, patterned background.  A bit busy and not a crisp view of cake details
Steampunk Owl cake with dark, patterned background. A bit busy and not a crisp view of cake details
Steam Punk Owl Cake on a plain white background.  Note the lack of wrinkles. Levolor blind!
Steam Punk Owl Cake on a plain white background. Note the lack of wrinkles. Levolor blind!

You could also use a roll of wall paper with a light background pattern. You don’t really want anything too busy or the result would be the same as clutter.

So let’s clean it up cakies! And now we wait……….for that highly anticipated video tutorial on how “SIMPLY” work your SLR camera. Yay sis!

Until next time

Happy Caking
Lesi

Every Kid Wants to be the Cake Boss (even the grown ones!)

It’s the next level that we are going for. Have you taken note of all of the new caking shows on tv lately? The one name I hear more than any other, CakeBoss, is gearing both young and not so young in that direction. And now, here in our little city of Calgary, we are taking  our leap into the cake future. Certain cake decorating “gurus” had remained the same for many many years and now are starting to change their curriculum to keep up. We are all following the progression of things.  Everybody wants to be the Cake Boss, and the cake boss does three dimensional cakes. Not many bakeries even, will take on the 3D cake because of the time factor. They are very expensive to purchase and it is strictly because of the time issue and the artistic value that is put forth.

I love to bake and decorate and built my foundation with some of the “gurus”.  I am so glad that they’re out there. They gave me a taste…. but now it’s insatiable.  The next big project is always around the corner, and I am always searching for it.  I just want to take some folks along for the ride!

I dug into my artistic roots and through much practice, loads of trial and error, (sometimes more error than trial), doing and re-doing, experimenting, and converted what I know about art and how it translates over to cake. I combined my love of art with my love of all things caking and few years ago I opened “Lesi’s Kitchen”, School of Cake Artistry.  I went in with the mindset that I am going inspire someone to be the next Cake Boss or better yet,  their own version of some cake designing great.

I am always inspired when I see the imagination that our young people today have. I am working toward building my little school, taking on a team of artist/decorators, like minded in our creativeness, who love passing on the passion that we have for your craft.  A good dream to build on,  I feel.

My goal is  to teach what I know and continue to learn and grow.   Like all good artists, the more we practice your craft  and expose ourselves to different media, the better we  become. I learn so much from my students as they learn from me and a lot of my classes become brainstorming efforts. The day that I think I know all there is to know about cake decorating is the day that I will hang up my spatula and move on. Until then, I will continue to expose myself to the creativity of others, soaking up idea after idea, reading, reading, reading, traveling and studying with the greats,  and passing on  what I know.

Apparently even I want to be a Cake Boss…..I’m just not very bossy!

Look into it, come and take a class or two, express your inner artist and never ever stop learning.

Happy Caking!

 

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