Posted by Turkey Hill Team on October 13th, 2010

Hopefully you saw Monday’s entry about the Super Sundae Recipe Contest and you’re ready to get to work building the most mouth-watering ice cream sundae imaginable. But like we said, you have to send a photo of your creation along with your entry and the photo is an important part of the process, so we thought we’d offer a few photography tips here.


Shoot your sundae from several different angles to get the best shot and feel free to send us a few different pictures to choose from.


If you’re shooting indoors, and chances are, you are, you’ll want to avoid using the flash on your camera because the bright, intense light of the flash isn’t exactly friendly to most food. Instead, put your sundae in a well-lit area (natural light works best, so maybe by a window) and use your camera’s no-flash setting.

But beware, the no-flash setting may require your shutter to stay open longer, which means you’ll have to hold the camera very still when you take the photo. For this reason, a tripod might be useful, if you have one. If your camera doesn’t have a no-flash setting or the no-flash setting creates blurry or dark images, don’t worry about it – just use a flash and make the best of it!


This is especially true with sundaes. Take some time to make your sundae look as delicious as possible. But don’t take too much time or you’ll end up photographing a melted mess!


This is the most important tip we can offer. Don’t stress too much about getting the “perfect shot.” Just get a few good ones and send them along with your recipe. Then grab a spoon and enjoy your super sundae creation. You’ve earned it!

If anyone has any food photography tips they’d like to share with the group, sound off with a comment!

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  1. MikeD. says:

    You can dish out a few identical dishes of ice cream and keep them in the freezer. This way, you may make variations to your creation. Also, start with chilled bowls or sundae cups to help with the melting factor.

  2. brenda brooks says:

    Hi Turkey Hill Fans, I wish I could enter ice cream sundae contest, I can’t take picture of my ice cream sundae.My computer is not working.
    That ice cream sundae sure look good to eat.

  3. MikeD. says:

    Another thing to remember if you do use lighting of any kind for your shot, it will increase the “melt down” of your creation. Try flourecent or indirect lighting to avoid some of the heat.

  4. alicelynne says:

    Send me the sundaes!!

  5. Lois Sidelnick says:

    Sorry,I do not have a camera or know how to put a photo on the internet. Therefore, you are missing out on a delicious sundae made just for me.

  6. Jean Marie says:


  7. Bob Kessler Jr says:

    Thanks for the tips. I will try to make the pictures as mouth-watering as possible. A picture is worth a thousand words but I will try to come up with a good title for my creation.

  8. Jeanne says:

    Oh my, I can’t send a picture of my sundae on the internet…it looked too good and I ate the whole thing.

  9. Harriet G. says:

    This contest sounds like fun. However, I am not good at posting pictures.

  10. Mary says:

    I don’t really need a sundae just now. I have a half gallon of Double Dunker!

  11. Stefanie says:

    This sundae looks so delicious!17

  12. Jan Cis says:

    Sorry, but I missed the Monday issue, but boy this sundae looks really good. I don’t know if I can top it. I’ll have to have the kids come over and make some of their creations. I didn’t think to take photos when we had our Ice Cream Social in August. I was too busy eating so the sundaes wouldn’t melt. It was hot here in August in the 90’s. I will work on this.

  13. Marcy says:

    Sundae looks so delicious!

  14. Jim in SOMD says:

    I’d rather just eat the sundae than worry about getting the perfect camera shot.

  15. Betty says:

    looking good

  16. Karen says:

    I’d love to enter the contest. I’ll have to think of what I can come up with. Last night my son had party cake (a favorite) with chocolate candy corn and a chocoate chip cookie as topping. Not likely to win but he enjoyed it.

  17. i don’t have a camera so i will just look at everones sundaes

  18. mary esterlund says:

    maybe another contest could be without photo – winners might then have photos taken after winning. seems many folks are -myself included – limited to enter due to technology problems. it is not a photgraphy contest so think some good sundaes are going to be missed…still love turkey hill! it’s the best ice cream around.

  19. mary esterlund says:

    dear friends,
    this is my second attempt to leave a message which only adds to my comment. seems some good sundaes will be missed due to this being more of a photography contest than an ice cream sundae contest. maybe another contest can have photo only if you win that way more folks can enter. still love turkey hill; it’s the best but think this contest is not up to your standards.

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