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Editing Food Blog Photos with Lightroom 5

It’s here! It’s here! The most wonderful tiiiiiiime of the year!

Which I’d normally tell you was right behind opening day of the NFL season and the day when $5/15lb bags of Rio Star grapefruit reappear in my grocery store. But since the latter happened this week and we celebrated appropriately – move over, football!

Editing Food Blog Photos with Lightroom 5

So here’s “Scary Elsa” to introduce the first of our 2014 holiday giveaways, dedicated to The Picture Taker: a Photography subscription on the Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes the latest releases of Lightroom and Photoshop.

Editing Food Blog Photos with Lightroom 5

In my Photo Friday series, I covered how I used Lightroom to edit my photos.

In the 8+ years (!) that I’ve been flooding the internet with pictures of my desserts and dinners, I’ve tried out different photo editing software. My workflow has changed over the years, even since I wrote the last “How I Edit” column, but what hasn’t changed: I have yet to find anything as user-friendly and compact as Lightroom 2 3 5.

Editing Food Blog Photos with Lightroom 5

Lightroom is the ultimate photography assistant. I can cook up a fantabulous pumpkin butter bundt cake, I can style a pretty decent shot, and I can take a pretty darn good photo. But what I need help doing? Breathing the life and vibrancy and detail back into the output file so that it looks to you exactly how it looked to me . Sitting in my living room floor.

Right before I ate a slice of it for breakfast.

Editing Food Blog Photos with Lightroom 5

We have paired up with the fine folks at Adobe to bring one of you guys a year-long subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan, with which you’ll be able to use Lightroom 5 (and 6, when it is released next spring!) as well as Photoshop CC to edit and create your own delicious masterpieces.

To enter the giveaway, simply answer the following question in the comments below: What is your very favorite animated Christmas program to watch during the holidays?

Mine is “Year Without a Santa Claus” and I am solidly on #TeamSnowMiser.

Update: Congratulations to Tara with comment #40!

Good luck!

The fine print:
– Maximum of one (1) entry per person.
– Giveaway ends at midnight (Texas time, y’all) on Friday, November 28.
– Winner will be selected by one of those cold, soulless, unfeeling random number generator thingies and announced on this post.
– Winners will receive a 1-Year Photography Subscription from Adobe (value ~$125).
– This prize in this giveaway is supplied direct by Adobe.
– Prize must be claimed within 7 days or it will be forfeited.
– Official giveaway rules can be found here.

134 comments… add one
  • jan

    Rudolf the red nosed reindeer… LOVE!

  • christina p

    We love the Grinch cartoon in our household. Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

  • Dawn B

    Mine is the same as yours…The Year Without a Santa Claus. My 15 year old daughter and I watched it last night!

  • Maressa D

    How the Grich Stole Christmas!

  • Tiffany Rogers

    Charlie browns christmas

  • Kim Catapano

    The Year Without a Santa Clause has always been my favorite, I look forward to it every year!!!

  • sarah scott

    Rudolf the red nosed reindeer!

  • Dena

    Charlie Brown Christmas (Frosty the Snowman is a very close second!)

  • Susan p

    love How The Grinch Stole Christmas

  • Santa Claus with Tim Allen

  • My favorite is actually a Swedish tradition. We watch kalle anka (donald duck) which is basically all these old disney cartoons in Swedish.

  • Kelly Keitzer

    Growing up we didn’t watch any animated Christmas movies but when I married my husband, his family had Charlie Brown Christmas on a constant rotation at Christmastime so that has become the background music of the season for me

  • I don’t watch too many cartoons, even at Christmas, but if I had to choose, I’d have to say “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. I still love that one 🙂

  • Diem Allis

    Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

  • Erin

    I would probably say Santa Claus is coming to town! Love all those old animated ones!

  • ooooh that’s a hard one! Probably Year Without a Santa Clause for me too!

  • We didn’t watch animated holiday movies growing up, so I will go cliche and say Frozen. It might be a new tradition!

  • Theresa Sea

    The Grinch!

  • The Grinch!

  • We always watched The Grinch Who Stole Christmas…such a great film.

  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has always been a favorite in my family, though the Grinch is a close second!

  • Carissa

    I don’t know if it totally counts but I love Muppet Christmas Carol!! One of the best.

  • Mary Roper

    Its gotta be the Grinch who stole Christmas for me.

  • Avery K.


  • Heather Yancey

    Gotta love The Grinch!

  • Lisa S

    Hard choice. I have to say Christmas Vacation.

  • Summer Bonner

    I love Charlie Browns Christmas…but I also Love Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer..both are classics that are a must every Holiday ….It’s not Christmas unless you watch them both…

  • I’d have to say the super old animated, original Rudolph!

  • Morgan

    The classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

  • Julie M.

    The Grinch!

  • Elizabeth Barnwell

    Charlie Brown Christmas

  • Rudolph is my all time favorite!

  • kristin

    The Grinch! It’s the best!

  • Renee C

    Ok so it’s not technically a holiday movie, but I love watching all the the Harry Potter movies this time of year. Or Love Actually or Bridget Jones’ Diary which aren’t holiday movies either, but I love them.

  • lindsay

    I love Charlie Brown Christmas 🙂 A classic!

  • Tracey

    How the Grinch Stole Christmas. It’s so cute, but with such a great message!

  • Susan

    The Grinch–watched it until we were old enough to watch Christmas Vacation:)

  • Lauren G.

    The Grinch… non-animated-definitely Elf

  • Kristin


  • Tara

    All of them! But probably It’s a Wonderful Life

    • Tara

      Oops! Animated 🙂 Rudolph for sure!

  • Leslie

    Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer!!!

  • Nikki

    Same as yours!

  • Brandi

    I’ve never seen the year without Santa Claus. I need to add that to my list. But I love The Grinch!

  • Rachel tilly

    Charlie Brown Christmas!

  • Sophia H.

    My favorite animated holiday movie growing up was the 1970 animation of “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town”, where you follow a young Kris Kringle on his journey to becoming Santa Claus.

  • julianne c.

    rudolph! my all time favorite.

  • Chelsea

    We will be watching plenty of the old school Rudolph in our house!

  • I can’t decide between Charlie Brown and Rudolph. They always take me back to childhood!

  • Margaret

    How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

  • Denise

    Those old fashioned animated or stop- motion (whatever they are) are just adorable.

  • It’s not Christmas season until I watch the animated How the Grinch Stole Christmas cartoon!

  • EllenQ

    Charlie Brown Christmas – it completes the trilogy that begins with “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!”

  • Nightmare Before Christmas, which spans all holidays Oct-Dec. 🙂

  • Stacey

    There are so many great ones, but none can top a Charlie Brown Christmas!

  • A Christmas Story!

  • Amy

    The Grinch!

  • Rudolph for sure! Although Nightmare Before Christmas is a very close second.

  • Derek

    Wow! Narrow it down to one?! I can’t, no way. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer or How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Both have obviously been mentioned many times already, both classics, and both have the feel good ending(as they should). Saying I like one more than the other, I just can’t do it.

  • Gwyn L

    The original animated Grinch!!

  • Charlie Brown Christmas!

  • lori barker

    frosty the snowman 😉

  • Awesome giveaway! It’s a toss up of Frosty the Snowman or Grinch

  • abby m

    Charlie Brown Christmas

  • Love Frosty and Charlie Brown Christmas!

  • Elizabeth W

    Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer!!! 🙂

  • Nightmare Before Christmas!

  • Lindsay


  • Gemma Hartley

    Muppet Christmas Carol. Love it.

  • sona

    mickey’s christmas carol

  • Kirstin

    Rudolph for sure!!!

  • Joanna


  • Lanea E.

    I love how the grinch stole christmas!

  • Rudolph the red nosed reindeer!

  • Liz

    Definitely Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer!

  • Matt

    I like Charlie Brown.

  • Valerie C.

    How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

  • The Grinch!

  • santa clause is coming to town!

  • Megan

    How the Grinch stole Christmas!

  • i’ve always loved rudolph! yukon cornelius rules. 🙂

  • For me, it’s Rudolph. I just love it!

  • Michelle

    The Night Before Christmas is one I always enjoy watching every season.

  • Jessica

    Annabelle’s Wish. 🙂

  • Holly B

    I Love Prep & Landing – so cute!

  • Rebekah

    I’m not sure it’s animated but I love the muppets christmas carol

  • Breanna

    Nightmare Before Christmas!

  • Kari M

    How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

  • emily b

    The Grinch!

  • Bad Santa… sometimes you just need to laugh.

  • Kate Owen

    The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus!

  • Lora

    Rudolph (or the Grinch)!

  • Mary Ellen

    Charlie Brown Christmas!!!

  • hannah h

    I’d have to say Charlie Brown Christmas

  • Colleen

    My favorite is Rudolph!

  • Dianna

    Charlie Brown’s Christmas for me!

  • Tierney

    I loved The Grinch!

  • Annmarie

    Frosty the Snowman!!

  • Deb McClintock

    how The grinch stole Christmas

  • I have to go with “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”

  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas is hands down my favorite. Never gets old!

  • Patti W

    My favorite animated show is Santa Claus is Coming to Town but my favorite song is the Heat Miser and Snow Miser song. After watching this video it will be stuck in my head for days!

  • Heather G

    i know it Isn’t animated but I love Elf!

  • Austin

    FROZEN DUH (jk)

  • AliceL

    I like to watch Arthur Perfect Christmas. =)

  • Katie Rose

    It’s probably not the usual one most people think of but I love Ziggy’s Gift.

  • Michelle

    Charlie Brown Christmas for sure. We watch it every year!

  • AliceB

    It used to be the original Grinch, but now it might be Polar Express 🙂

  • Hanna

    Charlie Brown!

  • Katie


  • Kerri

    I love the old old old Night Before Christmas with the mice

  • Karen

    Rudolph the Red Nosed reindeer

  • Helena

    I think it would be A Charlie Brown Christmas

  • Rudolph the red nosed reindeer!

  • TaraO

    How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

  • Katie Mast

    don’t know, guess I would say the night before Christmas.

  • Crissie Woolard

    my all-time favorite is Rudolph the red nose reindeer

  • Crissie. Woolard

    Matt all-time favorite is Rudolph the red nose reindeer

  • Jenny


  • Kerri

    Charlie Brown’s Christmas

  • Nicole

    How the Grinch Stole Christmas

  • Julie

    I am in the minority but I always hated the old stuff. I do love Shrek the Halls though.

  • Kelley

    The Grinch

  • Norma

    Mr Magoo’s Christmas Carol

  • Kristie

    Rudolph the red nose reindeer

  • Kim S.

    Frosty the Snowman

  • The Grinch :). Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Jenn B

    Nightmare before Christmas….

  • shannon

    The old school Rudolph!

  • Charlie Brown!

  • sara

    We love to watch the Charlie Brown Christmas special.

  • Alya K

    The Grinch and Nightmare before Christmas

  • Katie Cohagen


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