The good news is you do not need an expensive camera to take great photos of your cakes. Whatever camera you currently have, whether it is a point and shoot, digital SLR or iphone, should be good enough. More important is to get the right combination between your camera settings, lighting and background. Here are our recommendations.
1. Get a Light Tent
Two of the biggest time wasters and sources of frustration in cake photography are shadows on your cakes and unwanted objects in the background. Your best options are either a white sheet for background and strategically placed halogen lamps or what we recommend and buy a light tent with lamp, camera tripod and assorted backgrounds such as this one http://www.amazon.com/PBL-CONTINUOUS-LIGHTING-Photographic-Lighting/dp/B001BAJLD0/ref=sr_1_20?ie=UTF8&qid=1385377457&sr=8-20&keywords=light+tent. Read the product reviews or ask the manufacturer if the lighting is sufficient to take cake photos at night. This is a real time saver.
2. Get to know your camera
If you take our advice and buy a light tent, an automatic setting may be all you need to take a great photo. However, if you don’t have a light tent, we highly recommend you read your camera manual and learn about features such as f-stop, shutter speed, and ISO. Then, start experimenting.
3. Be creative with your background
In many cases a plain white background is all you need. However, sometimes a coloured background such as a patterned scrapbook card can add interest. Experiment and see what works for you but make sure, your background is smooth without any creases or wrinkles.