Ofcourse for our december photo and styling challenge it was pretty obvious to me what the theme should be… December is THE month for anything festive and sparkly! As coincidence would have it I am also hosting the December Monthly Mingle too and to avoid too many things running at the same time it seemed the perfect opportunity to combine the two into one fabulous fun event. Well. Technically they’re still two so you don’t have to follow the photography challenge rules If you don’t want to or the MM ones if you don’t want to. I’m flexible!
So to start with the MM. The theme is Christmas cakes in all it’s glorious bounty. It could be your favorite recipe for a beautiful stollen, a Christmas bundt cake like the one I made here or any other Christmassy cake. Use your imagination and go wild! When entering make sure you mention MM in the photo title when sending it into the Linky Tools.
Then in addition to that, if you want to also participate in the December photography challenge your photo needs to be festive and sparkly. Show of your most beautiful Christmas fairy lights, candle holders or Christmas baubles. Make it look sparkly and make it look like Christmas. At this time of year that has got to be an easy one right?
Now when’s shooting sparkly objects or when shooting things with different light temperature it might be tricky getting your white balance correct. If you look at my photos you see that the fairy lights are yellowish which is fine but you still want that cake to be white and not yellow, so it’s tricky to get it right. Remember that shooting with different light sources will likely get you into trouble at some point. I used both daylight and the fairy lights so I had to make sure that those were somewhat balanced together but even I struggled a bit to get it right. Shooting in raw will help you but if you exposure carefully and keep checking your white balance you can certainly shoot in jpeg too.
Just a few tips lined up for you:
1. Make sure that your candles or fairy lights or whatever other light source you use will not be too strong. It will quickly overblow the natural light available.
2. Check your white balance and if you’re comfortable shooting in raw, go for that option rather then jpeg.
3. When shooting in jpeg, make sure that you check your color temperature. If need be go back to your computer in between and check exposure and color there if you’re not sure how your LCD screen on camera is behaving.
4. Watch for reflections. Christmas baubles are a nightmare to shoot in terms of reflections. There is a reason why I love the frosted ones!
5. Things start to sparkle when hit by light. Keep that in mind when you’re shooting and maybe have trouble getting that festive mood.
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 50-60 min
Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
For the lemon icing:
Recipe by Simone van den Berg
For the inspiration board I went a little overboard (you might wonder what a squirrel has to do with Christmas cakes…) as I saw so many pretty images so the pintrestboard has also some less sparkly images in there but they’re all wintery and Christmassy…
Now for the rules….
THEME FOR DECEMBER; CHRISTMAS CAKES & SPARKLY and FESTIVE
Our judging panel consists of the lovely and talented ladies mentioned below and we will do our very best to post the end result of the challenge the first or second of the next month. No guarantees though!
Meeta from What’s for lunch Honey
Jenn from Jenncuisine
Kay from kayotickitchen