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How to take good photos for your website

Word on the street is that you want to know how I shoot photos for the The Budget Socialite. And by the street, I mean facebook — because who just hangs out in the street, listening? Not this gal. Moving on, let’s learn how to take good photos for our websites! Weeee…..

Full Disclosure: I am in no way a professional photographer, this is just what I do and what I’ve learned about how to take good photos. I mostly shoot food so this is geared towards food photography, but I have also shot a few products the same way. Feel free to leave more tips and tricks in the comments or tell me I have it all wrong. It happens.

How to take good photos for your website | www.trinidadpena.com

Step 1: Get Suited up

Here’s the equipment that I use. I know plenty of people that set up their iPhones on a tripod and get great results. There are no rules to this game.


  • Camera – Canon EOS Rebel T3
  • Lens – 18-55mm IS II (This came with the camera)
  • Lens – Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 (Only $100) – I use this 85% of the time
  • Tripod – Manfrotto 190XPROB w/ the Manfrotto 496RC2 Ball Head
  • MacBook Pro – I connect my camera to my laptop while I shoot.
  • A few painted wooden boards as shooting surfaces. I loosely followed this tutorial. I have boards in white, teal, a natural stain, a medium stain and a dark stain.
  • A Reflector – I use a piece of white foam core that I picked up at Michael’s
  • Fabric – I hit up the fabric store and bought a bunch of pieces on clearance.
  • Props – Since I mostly shoot food, I have plates, serving dishes, place mats etc… that I got from thrift stores and random places on my travels.

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Photographer I love: Brandon Stanton

Humans of New York

The moment I discovered Humans of New York, I was in total awe! Photographer Brandon Stanton’s street portraits of NYC passersby are simply breath taking + the story he tells with his captions really bring it home. I can (and have) spent hours pouring through HONY’s archive of photos on facebook and tumblr. The facebook page is updated a few times a day and each photo is a little bit of magic. You should check it out.

Humans of New York



Photographer I love: Jamie Beck

Cinemagraph by Jaime Beck

Ever since I discovered Jamie Beck and Peter Burg’s cinemagraphs, I fell in love. Head over heels love! The subtle movement adds just enough drama to an image without it being overkill, unlike the animated gifs of yesteryear. Besides pioneering the cinemagraph, Jaime Beck is an amazing photographer in her own right. This girl really knows how to manipulate light, just check out some of the images below or visit her blog: From me to you. I can’t wait to see what she does next!

Jaime Beck Photography