My #CutTheCheese2017 Photo

This is the recipe I used for my entry in the #CutTheCheese2017 Photo Contest.

As with any recipe, feel free to make substitutions and adjustments depending your equipment and conditions. 

Author Jeanne Rogers


  • 1 tripod
  • 1 DSLR Camera Canon EOS Digital Rebel X 450D ISO 400, white balance cloudy
  • 1 zoom lens Canon EF-S 17-85mm aperture f/5.6 shutter 1/80
  • 1 large cutting board
  • 1 small cutting board
  • 1 selection of meats, cheeses, bread, crackers, olives, grapes, tomatoes, mustard


  1. In front of a south facing window (for indirect lighting) place your camera on the tripod. Adjust the tripod so it is about 1 foot above subject with the head tilted down at about a 45 degree angle. Select the Av mode (aperture priority) on the camera and manual focus mode on the lens.

  2. Set up food items using both cutting boards. Make it look nice. Place boards/food in front of window to achieve desired direction of indirect light. I used a small portable table about 2 feet high to place board on about 4 feet from the window. 

  3. Set white balance on camera according to light conditions (I set mine to cloudy). Set length on lens to 85mm to achieve narrow depth of field. Adjust camera position for just the right angle. Use manual focus to choose which parts of subject appear in sharpest focus. 

  4. Take lots and lots of shots from different angles and distances. Adjust the white balance as needed. Ideally use a remote shutter release to avoid camera shake.

  5. Download pictures into photo editing software. I used "Photos" program on my iMac. Straighten, crop, adjust lighting and temperature using sliders in program. Select the best shot.