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Diana Parker - The Journal Gazette
Chef Hector Minon, executive chef at Chef Minon Snug Cafe in Bluffton, made an argentinian dessert, "Borrachito," which translates to Little Drunken Men.

Shooting for Cook's Corner

Camera: Nikon COOLPIX L110

Shutter: 1/30 s

Aperture: f/4.5

Exposure Setting: Normal

ISO: 231

Strobe Flash: Did Not Fire

Lens Focal Length: 83 mm

White Balance: Auto

Editor's Note: Sometimes, we have to press other journalists in our newsroom into taking photographs. Diana has done a great job with her Cook's Corner photos. She uses a pretty simple camera, but her photos work really well because she uses a lot of great techniques.

Here are some of the tips I shared with her recently:

1) Take lots of photos. Since it's digital, it's free.

2) Don't be afraid not to use the flash.

3) Fill the entire frame with the subject. It cuts out a lot of distracting background elements. Here, Diana zoomed in a bit on the dessert, which helps it look nicer.

4) Get closer. (See #3.)

If you're in the market for an easy-to-use camera, check out this blog post by Adam Wisneski over at the Tulsa World.

- Lara Neel, Visual Editor