FAQ

 

  • Can I send more than one image of my cake?
    • Yes you can upload a maximum of ten images for your entry. Please ensure these are good quality JPEG images and the file sizes do not exceed 5MB.
       
  • How do I make sure my images are of good enough quality?
    • Camera phone users
      • Place the phone on something steady to avoid shake.   
      • Ensure the lens is clean and free from fingerprints etc.
      • Don’t apply any filters or effects.
      • Save/send the largest possible file size (up to 5Mb)
    • DSLR and Compact cameras
      • Ensure to use a tripod or place camera on something steady.
      • Switch to manual (M) or semi-manual setting (P) so you can access the controls you need. Or select the ‘Av’ or ‘AE’ setting (aperture priority).
      • Ensure to use a smaller aperture (larger f-stop number) so more of the cake is in focus. f9 or f11 should be fine, but it all depends on the capabilities of the camera.
      • Choose the relevant white balance setting i.e. daylight or shade etc.
      • Use a low ISO. 100 or 200 will give the best image quality.
      • Avoid pointing the camera down at a steep angle. Just above eye line level should look best.
      • The shutter speed may be quite slow so use the timer function to delay the shutter so you don’t shake the camera when pressing the button.
      • Use a plain background, a white or grey will be best.
      • Find a well-lit area but avoid direct sunlight.
      • Table lamps can be used but ensure they have the same type of bulbs if using more than one.
      • If using natural light place white card/paper around the cake to bounce light back onto the darker side of the cake.

 

  • What do I do if I’m still really struggling with my image?
    • If you are having difficulties taking a good quality image of your cake, then get in touch with our technical expert who will try to help you.

 

  • What format do I use when creating my bio, explanation, description of techniques etc?
    • Please ensure that the text element of your entry is provided in MS Word or basic text format.