Looking at the various photos of cakes with all kinds of interesting backgrounds and exposures inspired me to do this post about bad ways to photograph your cake. I used a display cake to illustrate the things to keep in mind.
First, when you photograph cakes, make sure that you use natural light.
Centering the cake in the photo isn’t necessary, it’s more artistic to have everything off-kilter.
Use a neutral background. The floor is good.
If you don’t have clear counter space that’s okay, just put up a neutral background. A paper towel that you hold up works great.
If you don’t have natural light a closeup with a flash is an excellent way to emphasize the whiteness of the cake.
If none of that works just use photoshop to remove a distracting background. Nobody will notice.
So think about the picture before you take it. There are two ways to edit photos, one being “in camera” and one being afterward. It’s a lot easier to edit during the process of actually taking the photo than it is to try to correct it later.
Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC in Richmond VA, and cake supplies online at www.acaketoremember.com and www.acaketoremember.etsy.com