Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Cupcakes and Cameras

Me

It’s kinda funny to me that I started this baking blog last year to document my baking, and my most frequently asked question is, “What kind of camera do you use?” It’s especially amusing since I don’t really know what all the buttons are for. Actually, I keep the camera on automatic most of the time.

But, if you like my pictures and you’re interested in my camera, here’s what I use:

Canon Digital Rebel XTi 10MP
This is a great camera that comes with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. (Sounds impressive – if I only knew what it meant. Maybe I should read the manual.) It took me a while to give in to buying a real camera. I had been using one that fit in my pocket and I didn’t want one that I couldn’t carry in my purse. But, I finally gave in last year with only one regret… that I didn’t buy it sooner.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens
I use this lens 99% of the time. It gives my pictures what I call “the magic.” Actually, it’s some technical stuff about depth of field. But basically, it means things that are not in focus get really fuzzy. It’s a fixed lens, which means you can’t zoom, but it’s worth it for the effect.

Canon EF 12 II Extension Tube
Sometimes I’ll use this to get in really close on a subject. A friend gave it to me and it’s been great. Maybe one day I’ll step up to a real macro lens, but until then, this one is fine.

Lowel Ego Light
Since I like to take all my pics without a flash, that means I need good natural light to shoot by. And when that’s not available, I use this tabletop Lowel Ego Light. It’s really helpful for taking pictures at night. And it’s super portable so I can tuck it away when I’m not using it. One problem … I think I need two.

Camera Remote
This way I can actually be in some of my pictures.

Tripod
Any basic one should be fine.

Camera Bag
This one is big enough for all my stuff and enough room if I buy another lens.

Other Camera choices:
Nikon D80 10.2 MP For the Nikon fans
Canon Digital Rebel XSi 12MP Upgraded version of my camera

Confetti Cupcakes

I originally bought the camera because I wanted to take better quality family photos. But lately, pictures of my friends and family have been replaced with of pictures of cupcakes. Character cupcakes, seasonal cupcakes, plain jane cupcakes, kids with cupcakes. I can’t stop. Sorry, guys. You know I still love you.

Here’s a few faves – and all with the 50 mm lens, of course.

Cupcakes
Cupcakes

Note: The first photo was taken with my Canon Powershot SD500.

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gingela5 said...

I’m in the market for a new camera so thanks for the advice and as always thanks for the great pics!

September 3, 2008 07:16 PM
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Adrienne said...

I’ve been saving all year and just bought the Canon Xsi. I LOVE it! I could only afford the body though so I’ve been renting lenses online and have loved trying them out to learn which ones I like and can justify purchasing. I agree though, I only had wish I had bought it sooner, this camera is spectacular. It’s the only camera I’ve ever owned and I probably won’t ever upgrade because I love it so much. Thanks for the post, you were the first one I asked way back in November!

September 3, 2008 07:19 PM
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Dusti said...

Hey Angie, that is what I usually look like in photos too…behind the camera! I always use my 50mm 1.8 lens too excpet I have a Nikon. Your photos are great!

~Dusti (aka “queenofthecupcakes”)

September 3, 2008 07:47 PM
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JennyC.No3 said...

Awesome advice! Thanks as always. Another ‘supply’ type question for you (I apologize if you’ve already addressed this before …) … where do you purchase those lovely dark brown cupcake liners? I can’t stand when my liners change colors after baking :P

September 3, 2008 07:50 PM
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Faith, the Authoress said...

I just purchased the Lowel EGO after Steamy Kitchen advised it, and I love it! Makes such a difference.

September 3, 2008 08:17 PM
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NillaWafer said...

I am happy that you posted your tech specs. I have been wondering what you used to get your main item in focus while everything else blurs out. I recently came across a Lensbaby and was wondering if that was what you were using but now I know. :)

September 3, 2008 08:19 PM
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Anonymous said...

For not knowing what all the “techy” things are about your camera, you’re doing a great job with your photos. Check out these cool camera bags!! http://www.prolenswear.com

September 3, 2008 08:45 PM
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Bakerella said...

gingela5 – glad to help

adrienne – I didn’t know you could rent lenses. Maybe I’ll rent a macro to test.

dusti – That lens is the best.

jennycno.3 – I get them at http://www.confectioneryhouse.com

faith, the authoress – it’s changed my life. Now I don’t have to bake around when the sun is going to set.

nillawafer – lensababy – i’ll have to check that out.

anonymous – thanks. those are cute bags, too!

September 3, 2008 09:11 PM
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Sublime Photography said...

The 50 is great, isn’t it? You might also want to try the Canon 100 macro. It’s another good lens for this type of work.

September 3, 2008 09:23 PM
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emily said...

LOVE this post! I’m a photog-camera lover too, as well as cupcake junkie, so this was basically like THE PERFECT POST.

I ? bakerella.

September 3, 2008 09:52 PM
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Carly and Blair said...

We love your ideas. They are ah-dorable! We have a blog and we have a Hitting the Streets…Ingredients where we give an ingredient and people have to make something using it and I was wondering some good ideas. If you have any…comment on a post of ours on our blog. Thanks!

http://www.taxicab95.blogspot.com

September 3, 2008 10:42 PM
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Becky said...

Love all your yummy looking photos, even made some of the yummy recipes, but what I would like to know is what do you use for your backgrounds that compliment your cupcakes so well?

September 3, 2008 10:43 PM
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Lisa Michelle said...

Oh wow, talk about ‘coinky dinks’, I was about to email you asking about your camera, equipment et al, and then this entry ‘magically’ appears! I happen to have the same camera (just got it, and still learning as I go along) and most everything else except the Lowel Ego Light, though I’ve been campaigning for it, as I hate having to take my dishes and baked goods outdoors -waiting for the right light etc..), and the extension tube for closeups (I want the macro lens too, but $256 is a tad steep for now).

Having said all that, a question or two. Do you ever use any kind of light tent/box and what do you use for such pretty colored backgrounds? I cannot seem to find poster board or construction paper that isn’t black, white, red, dark blue or green!

Again, thanks so much for letting us in on the equipment you use to get such perfect and gorgeous photographs, but remember, most of that is YOU :) It’s not always the equipment, it’s the person, and you’ve got the knack, and most importantly, the eye!:D

September 3, 2008 11:50 PM
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Stephanie said...

And you do take such awesome pictures! Some day I’ll have one of those big fancy cameras with all the bells and whistles, and I’ll probably keep it on automatic too! :-)

September 4, 2008 12:16 AM
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cookienurse said...

The cupcakes are great looking!
May I ask what kind of frosting and tip did you use to decorate?
Thanks, I enjoy your blog!

September 4, 2008 12:20 AM
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benson said...

thank you for the advice! I’m in the same boat..don’t know too much and this is actually wonderful to learn from someone that is sharing the oars :)

September 4, 2008 01:11 AM
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Stella said...

Thanks for the camera advice, I’ve been considering a new one!!

Please share about the cupcakes….frosting type and tip? :)

September 4, 2008 01:37 AM
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Ana and Savannah said...

You are an amazing artist..whether the medium is cupcakes or photography! I am grateful to have found your blog!

XOXO,
Ana and Savannah (Warrior Princess!)

September 4, 2008 02:13 AM
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Adrienne said...

you can get them (depending on how nice the lens is) for relatively cheap. I’ve been renting the 50 mm 1.4 fixed for $45 for a 4 week increment. I rent them from borrowlenses.com, and the next one I’ll be trying is a macro myself. I can’t decide between the 60mm or the 100mm so I’ll let you know which one I end up oging with!

September 4, 2008 02:16 AM
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Cammies mom and dad said...

I have a Canon Rebel too and absolutely love it. I love your pics! Always makes me hungry.

September 4, 2008 02:21 AM
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bleauregard said...

Seriously, your design/decorating skills are tremendous. Teach me!

September 4, 2008 03:34 AM
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SarahHub said...

Love the photos! As usual!

September 4, 2008 03:38 AM
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Shannon said...

Oooh, I have been looking for something similar to the Lowel Ego light, I just wasn’t sure what to call it. I’ll have to look into that! Now if I could just afford a nice camera…

September 4, 2008 03:57 AM
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Lisa said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer all our questions in such great detail! Love your photos and would love your camera, too! Such great shots..Thanks for the info and the creativity!

BTW, what type of pastry tip did you use for the photo of the vanilla cupcake with the sprinkles? (the one starting off your most recent entry) Thanks!

September 4, 2008 04:39 AM
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puglyfeet said...

How serendipitous. I’ve just combed through your Flickr account, adding a bunch to my favorites and wondering, how does she do it?

Thanks so much for this post.

September 4, 2008 04:50 AM
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puglyfeet said...

Bakerella, how do you do that fuzzy effect?

September 4, 2008 04:56 AM
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morgana said...

Thank you for sharing. Your photos are amazing. The bad quality of my blog’s photos is something I must solve and I was thinking about buying a new camera. Now I have an idea… ;-) You are so kind! (k)

September 4, 2008 08:25 AM
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Lindsey said...

I love the D80 I use to take photos, and the sigma lens (not that I know ANYthing about it) is also fabulous for those low light depth of field pictures. One question, how do you use that light exactly? The one room in my apartment with low light is naturally my kitchen…

September 4, 2008 02:08 PM
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Brian, Liz, Benjamin, & Rose said...

You are so talented! Do you have any tips for those of us who can’t frost to save their lives. I can’t even do the basic decorating :( I think Martha is right, you should start a business.

September 4, 2008 02:29 PM
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Jill Scott said...

Thank you so much for doing this post. I was wondering how you got such great pictures. You’re a pro!

September 4, 2008 03:48 PM
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My Sweet & Saucy said...

Thanks so much for sharing!

September 4, 2008 04:12 PM
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Anonymous said...

Have you ever tried manual mode?
I promise after you use it you’ll never go back to automatic….
Love your blog!

September 4, 2008 04:34 PM
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Tasty Trends said...

i want a new camera for my birthday so your info helped out a lot! thanks so much!

September 4, 2008 04:39 PM
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candesintx said...

Excellent post! I LOVE the Cake Spy picture. I hadn’t seen it before. I love that guy. It is a guy, right? LOL

Great stuff, I’m taking notes.

September 4, 2008 04:40 PM
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Atticelf said...

I’m the “little camera in my pocket” girl. Heck, it was like pulling teeth for me to even go digital! That being said, I just had to say that I don’t know about all that lens chat, but your cupcakes are incredible creations – gorgeous! I just found you and am loving your blog.

September 4, 2008 05:33 PM
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mumof3 said...

I just love that cake. What did you use to do the frosting on the top? Was it cream? Looks fabulous.

September 4, 2008 08:49 PM
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KRISTIE said...

what is your frosting recipe for the frosting on the first cupcakes, it looks great!

September 4, 2008 09:10 PM
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twoveganboys said...

Congratulations on winning the Iron Cupcake Challenge. The cupcake you created looks and sounds beautiful.

Krys

September 4, 2008 09:52 PM
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Amber said...

Its safe to say that ALL of your cupcakes are amazing! And so are your pictures by the way!

September 4, 2008 10:55 PM
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Kendyl said...

LOVE the frosting look on that first picture, what frosting recipe and tip was used there? Any techniques to make it look like that. Those are also the exact sprinkles (confetti) I’ve been looking EVERYWHERE for in CA and they are no where to be found. Love your talent!

September 4, 2008 11:04 PM
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Kelsie said...

I wish I could get a camera like that! Your pictures really do look great!
By the way, I picked your blog for the Arte y Pico award. I love reading about your cupcakes and recipes and all of that!
http://snazzy-cakes.blogspot.com/2008/09/que-maravilloso.html

September 5, 2008 01:28 AM
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Bakerella said...

I received a lot of inquiries about the cupcake in the first picture. So, here's what I used:

Frosting:
I used the recipe from this post –
http://bakerella.blogspot.com/2008/06/super-eazy-no-fuss-just-fizzy.html
Keep in mind that if you use this much icing on each cupcake, you'll probably need more than one batch.

Tip:
I'm 99% sure it was the 2D. If not, it was the 1M. It's a large tip, so you'll need the larger coupler.

Technique:
I started in the middle and swirled it around until the top of the cupcake was covered in a base of frosting. Then I started a second layer from the outside and swirled it around and up. At least that's what I think I did. I was experimenting with the large tips, so I did it a few ways.

Baking cups:
http://www.confectioneryhouse.com/product.php?productid=8634&cat=0&page=1&featured

Confetti sprinkles:
These should be equivalent to the ones I used.
http://www.confectioneryhouse.com/product.php?productid=3500&cat=0&page=1

Happy Decorating!

Sublime Photography – thanks sublime.

emily – glad to accommodate

Carly and Blair – sounds cool.

Becky – I just use scrapbook or colored paper.

Lisa Michelle – Funny… I told you that was my most frequently asked question. For the backgrounds, I just use scrapbook or colored paper. And I don't use a tent box.

Stephanie – right on.

cookienurse – see above.

benson – you're welcome!

Stella – See above.

Ana and Savannah – Thanks Ana!

Adrienne – that sounds great. thanks!

Cammies mom and dad – thanks

bleauregard – you're sweet.

SarahHub – thank you!

Shannon – I'd take the camera over the light.

Lisa s- see above

puglyfeet – thanks and that effect comes from the 50 mm lens I use.

morgana – You'll love the camera if you decide to get one.

Lindsey – I just set it on the table to the left or right of my subject and use a white board on the other side to help bounce light back on the subject.

Brian, Liz, Benjamin, & Rose – Here's a easy way to make pretty cupcakes.

Just frost them with a knife or offset spatula. It doesn't really matter what they look like because you will turn them upside down and twist the top in a bowl of clear sugar crystals. Look at the snowmen in this post. There are some blue ones with sugar crystals so you can see what I mean.

http://www.cakeartpartystore.com/store/e-StoreOperations_listCategoriesAndProducts.asp?idCategory=1070&childIdCategory=1070

Jill Scott – maybe a pro at being amateur.

My Sweet & Saucy – no problem.

Anonymous – teach me?

Tasty Trends – great.

candesintx – I think it's a guy. Either way it's a cutie!

Atticelf – but don't you love digital?

mumof3 – see above.

KRISTIE – see above.

twoveganboys – Thanks so much!

Amber – Wow. thanks!

Kendyl – see above.

Kelsie – cool, I'll take a look.

September 5, 2008 03:27 AM
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Trish Cupcake Momma Singapore said...

As you know, I love your designs and the best part is that you take real kick-ass fotos too! My sister is my “official photographer”, she uses Nikon D40 with other gizmos stuff. Natural lighting is the best :)

September 5, 2008 04:31 AM
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Anonymous said...

Hey bakerella,
I just baked Devil’s Food and realised as I was messing the cake up, it was rather moist. Could I put lesser creme cheese frosting??
Will it still hold the cake together?

Need your expert advise.

Thanks

September 5, 2008 11:24 AM
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Lori said...

Thanks so much for the camera information. I am lusting after a camera like yours with the 50mm lense. Perhaps I’ll get one for every Christmas and birthday present for the next 20 years!

September 5, 2008 12:16 PM
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Patricia Scarpin said...

Your photos are such an amazing inspiration, sweetie! Tks for sharing the info.

September 5, 2008 12:26 PM
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Lisa said...

I really need to improve my pictures so this post was great for me to read. Your pictures are beautiful!

September 5, 2008 01:04 PM
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Tina said...

I always have photo envy when I see your site. It makes your gorgeous cupcakes look even yummier and I wonder how I can do that. I also agree with the no flash which I get stuck having to do since I churn mostly at night. Might have to invest in your handy light. Thanks for the tips and keep baking and shooting!

September 5, 2008 02:57 PM
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Lisa magicsprinkles said...

I’ve had camera envy ever since I started browsing all the various food blog sites. I must say that your site, your creations and photos are among the very best I’ve seen. Garfield? Wow. Nailed it. Thanks for sharing your recipes, creativity and camera.

September 5, 2008 03:19 PM
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Sammy said...

Wow!!! Thanks for the advise!!! You made my day, I’ll try to buy a new camera since mine is nottaking good pictures. Thanks a lot!!!

September 5, 2008 03:46 PM
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Janna said...

You are so talented. I don’t care what kind of camera you use. :)

September 5, 2008 09:55 PM
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Becky said...

Thanks Bakerella for the scrapebook paper tip, never thought of using all the paper I have!

September 6, 2008 01:08 AM
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Urmston Family said...

Thanks for sharing your camera secerts. I just made some cupcakes today using the “Hello Cupcake” book you sugested. I used the variations in the back of the book and made the chocolate frosting. THey were a hit. THanks you sharing. JIll

September 6, 2008 02:24 AM
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Bakerella said...

Trish Cupcake Momma Singapore – that’s what I need. A photographer. Maybe I can bribe someone with cupcakes.

Anonymous – Yes, you can use less. You just need it moist enough to hold the shape when rolled.

Lori – this camera is so good, it might just last that long.

Patricia Scarpin – you are welcome!

Lisa – glad to help.

Tina – Yeah, shooting at night just isn’t the same.

Lisa magicsprinkles – Thanks!!

Sammy – you’re welcome.

Janna – that’s nice of you to say.

Becky – there you go. and no shopping necessary.

Urmston Family – you’ll love that book!

September 6, 2008 04:34 AM
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hayleynichols88 said...

Your photography (and of course your cupcakes) is always amazing. When I started my blog, that was the thing I found most difficult, other bloggers make their photos look so effortless!

I think you have a great talent for taking photos, especially if you ‘keep the camera on automatic most of the time’!

September 6, 2008 08:12 AM
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Gilly said...

I always get so hungry when ever I come on your site I want those cupcakes so bad

September 7, 2008 09:12 AM
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Derick and Becky said...

What do you use to make your little collages?

September 8, 2008 04:41 AM
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Jessica said...

Thanks so much for sharing your camera info! I have to admit, I was cracking up when you said that your family pics have now somewhat been replaced by cupcake and baking pics! I am the same way! It is funny how that can happen, and it way to easy to become cupcake and baking obsessed! Your Blog is so amazing! I love your pics, and I always make a point to check it through out the week to see what you have posted. Thanks again!

September 9, 2008 01:09 AM
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Bakerella said...

hayleynichols88 – why thanks.

Gilly – I’m glad my pics make you hungry. That means I’m doing a good job.

Derick and Becky – various scrapbook papers.

Jessica – so you understand me. I’m glad I’m not the only one.

September 9, 2008 03:52 AM
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wives with knives said...

Thanks so much for the camera information. I’m new to blogging and have been researching cameras. Great advice and great recipes.

September 9, 2008 02:42 PM
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Bakerella said...

You’re welcome!

September 10, 2008 12:58 AM
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jacquisbaking said...

HI Bakerella,
I rolled the cupcake pops into balls and harden it in the fridge,I have yet to shape it with the flower cookie cutter. My kids cant wait to eat it so I inserted a toothpick and had some stars & heart shaped sparkles stuck onto it…
Oohhh!!! You should see the kids faces after eating it. One, two, three is never enough> It was gone in seconds.

Thank you so much for the lovely idea. Can I send you the photos? Give me sometime to download them. Just got a new iMac.

jacquisbaking@gmail.com( this is my email) Love your puppies.
Woof…. woof!!!

September 10, 2008 07:01 AM
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Bakerella said...

Sure you can send pics. My email is in the blog profile. I’d love to see.

September 11, 2008 01:26 AM
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Auuud said...

Oh! Nice blog! I really love it! :) Great pics.

September 15, 2008 08:28 AM
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Liz said...

Your photography inspires me to experiment with my camera more, because we have the same camera. Like you, I have the “nifty fifty” lens which I love to use in food photography. I love your blog so much, that I’ve tagged it on my blog so I can check in often. Your blog is one of my guilty pleasures!

September 15, 2008 09:47 PM
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Bakerella said...

Auuud – Thanks

Liz – that’s sweet of you to say

September 15, 2008 11:22 PM
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Shalum said...

nice post, thanks! and great blog! keep it up!

September 17, 2008 09:47 AM
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Dayes said...

Care Bears and Odie and daisies, oh my!!! all my favourites!!

just wanted to let you know.. i love your blog. i know this comment isn’t camera related, but the cute cupcakes were just so irresistable, i had to say something. :-)

September 17, 2008 06:40 PM
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Kuzubambina said...

Hello !

thank you very much for sharing your camera information with us. i just started out my own food blog and i happen to have the same camera and lens as you do.
your pictures are amazing and inspiring.
i was wondering though, how come my pictures dimension seems to be smaller when i post them in the blog?

September 19, 2008 07:19 AM
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Bakerella said...

Shalum – thanks. I’ll try.

Dayes – oh, I’m just glad you like the cupcakes. Thanks for saying so.

Kuzubambina – Are you posting through the blog software? I post my pics to flickr and then link them to the story from there. There’s a way to choose the size and then copy the code and paste it into your story. That way I can make them the size I want.

September 20, 2008 02:36 AM
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puglyfeet said...

I want to thank you again for sharing these photography tips. I’ve been wondering how people accomplished the very effects you described in this post. I’ve emailed several bloggers, asking for tips on how they accomplished their blurry backgrounds and not one responded. I bought a 50mm lens for my camera yesterday and I’m ever so pleased with my pictures now. Thank you thank you thank you.

Now, for artificial sunlight…

September 21, 2008 06:22 AM
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Bakerella said...

puglyfeet – I’m glad you like the lens. Try the lowel ego light, too. It can be helpful.

September 23, 2008 12:37 AM
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Kuzubambina said...

thanks alot bakerella for your advice, i am planning to make some cake pops for eid celebration after ramadhan and i will surely feature them in my blog.
i hope the children will love them :D

September 24, 2008 04:54 PM
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Bakerella said...

Kuzubambina – I’m sure they will!

September 25, 2008 04:04 AM
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Anonymous said...

Love the blog!! Have gotten many ideas from you! What tip did you use for the cupcakes in this post?? The ones in the fuzzy and fuzzier pic??
jeneec@yahoo.com
Thanks!!! You rock!!

September 29, 2008 07:01 PM
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Bakerella said...

Here't the cupcake info:

Frosting:
I used the recipe from this post -
http://bakerella.blogspot.com/2008/06/super-eazy-no-fuss-just-fizzy.html
Keep in mind that if you use this much icing on each cupcake, you'll probably need more than one batch.

Tip:
I'm 99% sure it was the 2D. If not, it was the 1M. It's a large tip, so you'll need the larger coupler.

Technique:
I started in the middle and swirled it around until the top of the cupcake was covered in a base of frosting. Then I started a second layer from the outside and swirled it around and up. At least that's what I think I did. I was experimenting with the large tips, so I did it a few ways.

Baking cups:
http://www.confectioneryhouse.com/product.php?productid=8634&cat=0&page=1&featured

Confetti sprinkles:
These should be equivalent to the ones I used.
http://www.confectioneryhouse.com/product.php?productid=3500&cat=0&page=1

Happy Decorating!

October 1, 2008 03:08 AM
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lyndsay said...

thank you for sharing your camera tips! i just found your blog and i think it’s really incredible, very inspiring!

October 1, 2008 08:17 PM
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Bakerella said...

Thanks lyndsay! Welcome to the blog.

October 2, 2008 12:14 AM
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Baking Away said...

First of all, I adore your blog. I want to grow up to be just like you! (Shhhh- I’m already 28!)

Second, I come from a family of photographers. They are always trying to teach me and get me to get a dslr. It wasn’t until reading your post that I bit the bullet and did it. $838 later, I am now the proud owner of
-the rebel body
-the 1.8 lens
-an 8gb sd card
-the lowel light
-a tripod
-a remote control

I can’t wait to have better pictures on my blog! I can’t wait for it all to arrive. So a big THANK YOU to you for your advice and for all of your beautiful creations on your blog.

October 12, 2008 02:39 PM
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Bakerella said...

baking away – congrats. You’ll love your pictures. It will be immediate. Sometimes family can tell us things over and over and we don’t listen until we hear it from someone on the outside. I’m glad to be the push to get you to better pics.

October 13, 2008 02:26 AM
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Provoking Puppet said...

The rebel has been on my wish list forever, thanks for the equipment/photographing tips.

October 13, 2008 02:38 PM
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riana said...

great pictures!!! :D is there are recipe for the cupcakes with reese’s pieces on top? :)

October 14, 2008 02:02 AM
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Bakerella said...

Provoking Puppet – you’re welcome

riana – thanks and here’s a link to the reese’s post.

http://bakerella.blogspot.com/2008/06/got-milk-i-hope-so.html

October 16, 2008 03:42 AM
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Wendy said...

Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge both in baking AND in photography!! :) I have been salivating over that XTi for months and months…I finally broke down and bought an XSi because I got a super good deal on it and I am SO excited about not having to let my creations go without getting a good photo of it!!! Yey!!!

I enjoy your blog! Keep it coming! :)

November 4, 2008 06:20 PM
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Anonymous said...

Your blog is really great, and your photography is beautiful!
I love the pics and all the great baking tips, and Camera tips.
Thank you! I will be back and will let others know you are out there.
I am just starting a blog and it is
not very good, thank you for the inspiration to get it up to speed.
Again, I really enjoyed yours.
Loved the favorite celebs list…
Dawn

November 21, 2008 01:21 PM
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Bakerella said...

Wendy – you’ll be so happy you bought it! Promise.

Dawn – congrats on getting started. I’m sure yours is fine. And it will get better with each post.

November 23, 2008 05:12 AM
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craftedbylindy said...

Thank you so much for the photography information. Your pictures are amazing. If you don’t mind me asking, what do you use to get such great lighting? Also what do you use for your coloured backgrounds? Thanks again!

December 1, 2008 03:15 AM
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Bakerella said...

I use natural light whenever I can and then when that’s not available, I use the lowel ego light mentioned in the post. For the backgrounds, I just use colored papers.

December 1, 2008 04:13 AM
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craftedbylindy said...

Thank you so much! You’re pictures are fantastic!

December 3, 2008 04:44 AM
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Bakerella said...

No problem.

December 5, 2008 06:09 AM
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Chere said...

Oh Bakerella, I am so happy that you went with a Canon camera. You picked the best. I am a long time user of Canon products and love them. I say this because my best, dearest friend is a Nikon freak. They are both great products. I bought the Canon Xsi for my husband and he loves it. I use the 40D. Your sweet treat are wonderful. Love you site.

January 25, 2009 02:16 PM
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MommyDevan said...

How do you make the collage prints and put text on the photos? do you have a special program?

January 26, 2009 09:18 PM
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Bakerella said...

Chere – My first, second and third digital cameras were canons. I love them, too.

MommyDevan – It’s done with a program calle Adobe Photoshop.

January 29, 2009 01:08 AM
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Kara said...

Ok, Bakerella…I’m trusting you on this one. I just took the plunge and bought this same camera. I know NOTHING about photography, and my boyfriend laughed at me when I told him “the Cupcake Lady” recommends it. (Plus I read all the rave reviews on Amazon.) I’ll post again once I’ve had time to play around with it. Thanks for the recommendation!

February 5, 2009 06:55 PM
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Bakerella said...

Kara – I don’t think it will dissapoint. I do suggest getting the 50 mm 1.8 fixed lens though. It’s pretty cheap and I use it 95% of the time.

February 6, 2009 04:06 AM
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slepre said...

i always wondered how your pictures were so beautiful. See, most of my cupcake photos are taken by my husband with his digital slr nikons. He has a lot of lenses but no fixed 50 mm 1.8. I might have to get him to buy one so he can take pictures of my works.

Now what do you use for the backgrounds and such for your pictures or do you photoshop it in somehow? and do you photoshop your photos [ theres no shame in it! =)]

February 11, 2009 03:22 AM
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Kara said...

With the 50 mm 1.8 fixed lens, do you use this even when you are taking pictures of your friends/family or just when taking close-ups shots like those of your baking?

Also, is this 50 mm 1.8 fixed lens something that can be used for scenery shots? I am taking a trip down a portion of Route 66 in May and last year all I had was my little $100 digital and I’m looking for better quality shots this year.

One more thing…did you learn all this on your own?

Thanks so much! I am very impatiently waiting for my camera to get here!

February 11, 2009 05:49 PM
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Bakerella said...

slepre – the backgrounds are scrapbook paper and I use photoshop to color correct if needed.

Kara – I use the 50 all the time. People, food , whatever. But it’s best for things closer.

I learned what little I know about cameras by just playing around with it.

February 12, 2009 04:25 AM
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Jackie said...

What piping tip did you use for those cupcakes?

February 16, 2009 01:50 AM
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Bakerella said...

Tip:
I’m 99% sure it was the 2D. If not, it was the 1M. It’s a large tip, so you’ll need the larger coupler.

February 16, 2009 03:59 PM
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