One of the main reasons I haven’t been blogging much food as of late is because of light.
Specifically, lack thereof.
You see, I have this little thing called a full-time job. I leave somewhere around 8am and arrive home sometime around 5:30 or 6pm. I do this approximately five days a week, and then once a month, I get a hefty ol’ check that pays for my life. Blogging unfortunately doesn’t do that and probably never will. All blogging affords me the luxury of is the occasional free food product and enough money for a raucous night of drinking (hangover included).
In other words, I only blog because I love it…not because I love hangovers.
But I digress.
Because bossy Mother Nature decided we had to set our clocks back an hour in October, there is not one eentsy weensy bit of natural light when I arrive home to make and inevitably photograph my dinner. That’s a BIG problem when you want pictures that are (a) not blurry, (b) not grainy and (c) not ugly.
Fortunately, there is a solution.
Lately, I’ve been reading up on photography to sharpen my skillz, and with the help of Ashley + Stephen, the duo behind Never Homemaker, I found the answer to my workin’ gal dilemma.
It’s called the lightbox.
Using a cardboard box, scissors, duct tape, tissue paper, light clamps, daylight bulbs, fun fabric and push pins, I created an environment that simulates daylight in order to take sharp, clear and aesthetically-pleasing photographs at night. The materials cost me $30 (I went a little fabric crazy), and I am really glad I made that small investment.
At 8:17pm tonight, I took this picture of the lovely blogger bake exchange gift Heather sent me…
That would be carob roasted almonds + a lovely message from Heather herself.
Clear. Not grainy. Good color. Love it.
Then, I whipped out what looks to be the most delicious treat of my package, the Orange Espresso Chocolate Chip Biscotti, and snapped some more shots.
Don’t you worry. I already ate one. It was fabulous (obvs).
Finally, I got a beauty shot of the peanut brittle.
Without a doubt, these are the BEST pictures I’ve ever taken at night.
Needless to say, I had to continue the photography fun with the vegan treat I am bringing to the office potluck tomorrow: Mama Pea’s Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls.
Yes, they are just as mothereffin’ good as they look.
Yes, I ate about half the dough and am currently nursing a ball baby (TWSS?) as well as mild diabetic sugar shock. No worries, I think I’ll live.
Yes, you should go make a lightbox now. Really, it’s easy. I promise. I have mild ADD, and I was even able to make it. But you should definitely read the instructions and buy THREE lamps (not two), so that you have light coming from the top (which I don’t).
Now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s 11:12pm, and I have to be at work in nine hours.
These lightboxes don’t just pay for themselves, ya know.
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