New Holiday Traditions

December 16, 2016

My wife and I travel a lot and we are often away during the holidays. We have had Thanksgiving dinner at a Green Burrito in Tennessee, and Christmas dinner at a veggie burger pop-up just by ourselves. But the first time we were away for Christmas we decided that on Christmas Eve we should have Neapolitan pizza and make that a tradition. This year will be the 3rd year for that tradition and I hope it continues on forever!

I’ve partnered with Express to share our new, and I think pretty unique, holiday tradition.  I also thought I would take the opportunity to do a mini tutorial on how I edit food photos while I was at it. You know you are going to post an Instagram photo of your Christmas dinner, and you probably posted one of your Thanksgiving plate as well. Hopefully these tips help you make a better photo! And how about this shawl collar cardigan? So cozy for colder times! I’ve been eyeing one for a while and I love the fabric on this one.

The most important element of a good photo is appropriate lighting. And ,more often that not, nice soft even shaded lighting works best for food. If you can get a nice even light over your food, you are off to a great start. Sometimes I will even ask my wife to come stand beside me to help block the light.

My favorite apps for editing photos are Snapseed and VSCO. And I use TouchRetouch when I need to remove some elements. I almost always put the photo into Snapseed first because you can use the local adjustments tool to brighten or darken specific areas. And I like the shadow and highlight adjustments too. But the key tool for me in Snapseed is the structure slider in the details tool. It really adds pop to iPhone images and helps make them look a bit more like DSLR photos.

Luckily this photo started out with great even lighting so the editing was easy. After I boosted the structure in Snapseed I brought the image into VSCO. My favorite presets in VSCO are A6, C1, and C6, C7, C8. A6 works best when you don’t want to change the look too much but want more contrast and a slight color adjustment. I used A6 for this pizza image. I also boosted the clarity a tad in VSCO as well. And that was it! Et voila!…

Sweater: Nep Knit Shawl Collar Cardigan – Express – $64
Shirt: Soft Wash Plaid Shirt – Express – $35
Jeans: Slim Fit Flex Stretch Jean – Express – $48
iPhone Case: Ultra Thin from Amazon – $8

This post was created in partnership with Express.

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