During the week our house is a bit chaotic. Managing everyone’s schedules, activities, and making time to write has it’s challenges. I love writing and sharing awesome recipes DH makes, but it takes time. One of the largest percentages of time for a blog post for me is editing food photos. I think I am making significant improvements in my photos, but I am definitely learning as I go along.
This past weekend we decided to make Chicken and Bell Pepper Kabobs.
Since I am still in the beginner stage with my food photography, I have not invested in a DSLR. My digital point and shoot was ok to start, but not great. I next moved to using my phone. It sounds funny, but the cameras available on phones has come so far. I like being able to to apply different filters and use assorted apps to create cool effects really make my pictures pop.
Now that I am a Verizon Ambassador, I thought using the Droid Incredible 4G LTE by HTC for some food photos was the next logical step! I wanted to put the 8.0 megapixel camera to the test. The rear facing camera is equipped with autofocus and LED flash. Right now the autofocus is my best friend. I set up the grid feature on the large 4″ LCD screen.
I can tap anywhere in the grid on the Droid Incredible 4G LTE to get the autofocus to be exactly the place I want. If I want to adjust Exposure, ISO or white balance, I can do that too!
The camera on the Droid Incredible 4G LTE is so fun to talk about I almost forgot about sharing the recipe details! If I can even call this a recipe! I used pre-made Italian dressing for the marinade and was done. And, since I am not a huge fan of bell peppers, I also decided to make some steak and mushroom kabobs using the same recipe.
Dinner can not get any easier than this.
1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
2 red or green bell peppers, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1. Cut chicken into 1 inch cubes and bell peppers into 1 inch pieces
2. Add chicken, bell pepper, and Italian salad dressing into a ziploc bag. Refrigerat/marinate 30-60 mintues, tossing to coat occasionally. Over-marinating can result in tough or mushy meat, so remember not to marinade too long.
3. Thread meat and bell peppers onto skewers, alternating meat and peppers (or other preferred vegetables, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, etc. Discard remaining marinade in bag.
4. 2. Preheat the grill for medium-high heat
5. Grill skewers for 12-15 minutes, or until the chicken is no longer pink in the center, and the juices run clear.
Baby gave a thumbs up on the steak, but nixed the great grill marks as “burnt”. Indeed.
All of these pictures, (except for the first two) are straight out of the camera. No filter. No apps or touch ups were used of any kind to enhance the pictures. I didn’t think I needed to. If I wanted to lick the screen right there, I figured you may feel the same way. At least I hope you do.
There are more features for the Droid Incredible 4G LTE camera that I have not even had time to share yet. I’m hearing a lot of buzz from other Ambassadors about the self-timer and video capabilities, but I am not there yet. There’s always tomorrow, right? For now, I need to get tonight’s dinner on the table before my kids fall out of their chairs from hunger.
How much time do you spend editing photos before sharing them?
Disclosure: I was selected to participate in the Verizon Wireless Ambassador Program. I was provided with a wireless device and three months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product. Stay tuned as I continue to share more cool features on Droid Incredible 4G LTE by HTC in the coming months