Frequently Asked Questions – Photography

Have a question for Unsweetened Caroline? Check out the FAQs below or reach out to us directly!

What camera and lens do you use for your photography?

I use a Canon 70d. My go-to lens is a Canon 50mm f/1.4. I also occasionally use a standard Canon zoom lens 18-55mm, F/3.5-5.6. For nature/lifestyle photography, I use a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. I’m hoping to invest in a 100mm f/2.8 lens soon. I use this tripod for most of my photos.

Do you use natural or artificial light for your photography?

I always use natural light, although it can certainly be challenging when working full-time!

Where do you get your photography backgrounds?

I use whatever I can find! I use cutting boards, cookie sheets, etc. Sometimes it’s as simple as using parchment paper. I also got some of my backgrounds from hardware stores. My favorite grey background is a bathroom vinyl tile I got on clearance. Finally, I use some backgrounds I made myself using plywood and acrylic paint.

What is your photography setup?

It’s nothing fancy at the moment. I have one large window in my small living room and I take my photography right in front of it, on the floor. I sometimes use my coffee table to set up my food when taking images from the side instead of overhead.

How do you edit your photos?

I simply use Lightroom. I also sometimes use Photoshop when adding text to my photos.

How did you learn food photography?

I learned by myself, thanks to Google, books and practice. This book was the first thing I read when learning food photography and it was a big help! I also like to observe other food photographers’ work for inspiration.

Is there another question you’d like to see in the FAQs? Let me know in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them!

2 Comments

  • Pam

    Hi Caroline or should I say Mrs. Guimond….First, I’d like to congratulate you again on your nuptials. You were a beautiful bride. When you noticed we both owned a Canon 70D camera at your wedding, I decided to check out your website. You take lovely food pictures. I only wish my shots of whatever were clean like that. I’m still struggling a lot and practice whenever I can. Not always easy since I work full time, part time, volunteer, take care of my father and have to deal with the Maritime elements since it’s mainly nature I tend to photograph. And, as you know, Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate when I’m free to get out there. Like you, I take my inspiration from other photographers’ creativity. I admire all of you and would appreciate any tips you can offer. Sounds like you often use a tripod which I’m not a fan of. I’ve only got the one lens – an all purpose 18-200.

    Wishing you and Shaun a wonderful honeymoon….Pam

    • Unsweetened Caroline

      Hi Pam! Thank you so much, it was nice to see you there. I completely understand your struggle. Only this year did I start spending more time on my business. Before then, I also had a full time job and other things on the side. When it comes to food photography, I do always use a tripod as the subject doesn’t move and I can easily set it up at home. When I travel or do outdoors photography though, I never use a tripod, just because mine is heavy to transport. I’m by no means a professional photographer when it comes to nature, but my tips would be to invest in different lenses (I love my 24-50mm f/2.8 lens) and to use filters. Maybe you do this already, but again, I don’t practice outdoor photography much. 🙂 Thank you so much again!

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