I love going to our Farmer’s Market. It not only has all sorts of lovely, wonderfully yummy foods to eat but it has all sorts of other handicrafts that are pleasant to admire even when we can’t purchase them. Another reason I love going to our Farmer’s Market is because it is a feast for the eyes and for the camera. There are millions of wonderful pictures just waiting to be taken at Farmer’s Markets across North America. So get out there to your local Farmer’s Markets and support local food growers, feel the community spirit and take some stinkin’ awesome pictures.
Here are a few tips for taking pictures at your local Farmer’s Market.
First, have your ISO set high enough so that you don’t require a flash, if possible. Everything tends to look more pleasing when not drowning in the blazing blare of a flash bulb. So, if at all possible, leave that flash off.
Second, if you have the option (which most DSLRs do), shoot in Vivid mode. This is a fabulous shooting mode for fruits and veggies and other colorful goodies.
Third, take lots and lots of pictures. Remember, this is the digital era! You cannot take too many pictures! And if you do, you can always delete duplicates or ones that you don’t like.
Now, I’m going to give you a couple of Photoshop hints for saving out of focus (OOF) pictures. Some pictures can actually be saved even though they are completely out of focus. Take these poor stranded eggplants for example. They are lost in nearsighted land. They are nothing more than several hideous purple blobs on what might as well be Mars.
In Photoshop though we have what are called filters. So when you are looking at this poor eggplant picture, beginning to despair and praying for the rapture to just come and spare us all, fear not. Go to your menu bar and hit filter/artistic/watercolor. You can of course choose other filters. Watercolor is one of my favorites though so that’s why I chose it.
And Voila! Your OOF eggplants are now a lovely watercolor image of eggplants, which you have to admit is a pretty good save.
Here I did it again but this time I chose Poster Edges rather than watercolor. Pretty peppers….
And now just for more pictures for no reason whatsoever…
Isn’t this puzzle trick cool? That’s a fun free Photoshop action I found somewhere.
(((sigh))) I love Farmer’s Markets, don’t you?
Have I ever mentioned how much I love taking pictures of peppers. They are like the most photogenic vegetable ever. (Like totally.) Don’t you think? I mean, it takes everything in me to not tell peppers to say cheese whenever I see them. Har. Har. Okay, it wasn’t even remotely funny.