Taking pictures inside with no flash.

7:30 AM

Fresh bread right out of the oven smeared with sweet sticky strawberry jam...ahhh, in my opinion there is nothing more inviting and tasty. I grew up in a home with a Mom who made homemade bread a least once a week. It was also a home where giving away homemade bread was just as normal as making it. We always knew at least half the loaves were sent away to our neighbors.

So when it came to figuring out what to make for our neighbors when we broke the news that we were selling our house, I knew I had to make them bread. And why not throw some homemade strawberry jam in there too?!

(For my Mom's infamous bread recipe scroll to the bottom of the post. For the strawberry jam recipe just check the back of the fruit pectin box. I always make the freezer jam version. SUPER easy.)

Read on for tips on taking pictures inside WITHOUT A FLASH...

 ISO 400, 50mm, f/2.0, 1/100th

When taking pictures inside remember to bring your subject close to the window and open the blinds. Check out the set-up I had below...

Notice the WHITE tablecloth and the WHITE foam board behind my subject. This will help to bring in even more light.  (For more whiteboard tips go here & here.)

  ISO 400, 50mm, f/2.0, 1/160th

When taking pictures in low light also remember to keep your aperture open all the way. (Meaning you want a small number i.e. f/2.0, 2.2...) That way you will be able to get a fast shutter speed without raising your ISO too much. For everything you need to know on aperture, ISO, and shutter speed check out my book!

  ISO 400, 50mm, f/2.0, 1/125th

 ISO 400, 50mm, f/2.0, 1/200th

Gloria's Homemade Bread
(you can also use this recipe to make cinnamon rolls, scones, and pull-aparts)

5 c. warm water
3 T. yeast
2/3 c. sugar
2/3 c. oil

Mix together then add:
3 c. flour
2 T. salt

Mix again and let mixture sit for 4-5 minutes to allow bubbles to appear from the yeast. Next, while mixer is on low slowly add:
9 c. flour (it may be a little less or a little more. You can tell when to stop when the dough starts to pull away from the mixing bowl.)

After all the flour has been added, let the dough mix for 5 minutes. Next let the dough raise by letting it rest in the mixing bowl for about 20 minutes. Now divide the dough into 4 or 5 equal loaves. Spray pans with cooking spray and arrange dough into pan. Let the dough raise in the pans for another 20 minutes.

Cook dough at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes. You may have to put a sheet of tin foil over the top of the dough if it starts to brown too quickly. Cool the loaves on a cooling rack.

Happy Friday to you!
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Kimberlee Flesch said...

Amazing post... love the way you packaged/labeled everything. Question... is that a plain piece of white cardboard to reflect the light? Or is it lined with some sort of aluminum foil? Thanks!

Jenny from My Handmade Home said...

Yum! I want to eat that bread! Katie, have you considered writing about point and shoot photography? With 2 little ones running around, point and shoot is the most convenient for now. Thanks!

Katie Evans Photography said...

Kimberlee- That is just a plain white piece of foam board.

Jenny-I should try to do some point and shoot stuff. I will try and play around with it to see if I can come up with some good tips! Thanks for the idea.

J-ROK said...

I wanna run to the kitchen right NOW and try your bread recipe! Thanks for sharing a family secret :)

Kim said...

That bread and jam look so delicious I am currently wiping drool off the keyboard. :) Thanks for the photo tips too. Pinning now so i can remember where I saw it!

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