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7 Food Photography Mistakes You Might Be Committing

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7 Food Photography Mistakes You Might Be Committing

In this age of smartphones and social media, anyone can be an instant photographer. For us professional photographers, the ease and accessibility of taking high quality photos has made our job even more challenging. And quite obviously, the most common subject of wannabe photographers is food.

But while some have that natural knack at photography, capturing some great and enticing food photos, others end up making terrible images that result in some awfully unpalatable dishes. If you want to take awesome food photography that looks appetizing to the eyes, be sure to avoid these 7 common mistakes.

  1. Using flash

The use of flash isn’t a good idea in food photography. Well, this can be used by professional photographers using high definition equipment. Your smartphone flash can make the food look flat and unnatural. As much as possible, use natural light when dealing with foods as subjects.

  1. Taking very close photos

Some of the best dishes don’t really look pretty, right? For instance, a saucy, gravy-filled barbecue in a smoker, such as the one you’ll see at https://smokeysteakranch.com/, would surely have “bad” side. If you take the pick too close, you’ll be highlighting and zooming in these unpalatable details. Instead of getting too close, try moving out and setting up a background scene. You can also add lively garnishes or other details, such as a plate, utensils, or napkin. Add story and emotion to the image not just the dish itself.

  1. Improper focus

A good way to highlight the dish is to use a shallow depth of field. But be careful as it faulty focusing can also present a problem. Make sure to use your focus points properly to get a dramatic, ethereal effect. The best way is to manually focus on the subject.

  1. Using odd color combinations

Some colors are just hard to complement with food. Lively colors such as red, orange, violet, and neon green just don’t fit into food photography. As such, avoid using these elements when plating your dishes. The colors might detract from the main subject. Neutral colors and pastels often blend well with food subjects.

  1. Taking pictures from the wrong angle

Always remember that choosing the right angle is crucial in photography – and more so in food photography. The most common mistake of wannabe food photographers is taking photos from the same angle of which you eat the food. That diner’s view (45-degree angle) only makes the food look bland. Move around and experiment which angles gives the food justice.

  1. Forgetting to check the scene

It’s not unusual to be in a hurry taking photos of the dishes. A lot of times, you are too focused on foods that you forget about what’s around the food. After taking the shot, you’ll be surprised to see some unwanted additions like messy plates, dirty napkins, etc. If you are taking photos of a barbecue on a smoker, like the one at SmokeySteakRanch.com, check the smoker if it has some unsightly grime. Always remember, before you click, check all stuff that gets included in the frame.

  1. Overdoing on post photo edit!

Sure, filters and edits are good. But overdoing it can make the photo look unnatural. Don’t forget: food is meant to be enjoyed as is. The editing should make it appear natural and not the other way around. As much as possible, take photos that won’t require post edit.

There you have it! Some tips to beef up your arsenal of photography skills! Next time you take photos of your favorite dish, you know what not to do!

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How To Be a Professional Photographer

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How To Be a Professional Photographer

Professional photography is a great career choice of the people who want to get paid by showing their creative talents. One can be easily a professional photographer without having a good academic result. It is a field where there is no need of college degree, age limitation and fixed duration as you may need for a government job or others. It is also worth saying that photography is a very competitive field; if you want to be a freelance photographer, you should be prepared to start building a portfolio that can be used as your best work. You should also consider some definite things before you become a professional photographer. Those are given below.

How to be a freelance photographer

It is worth saying that you need a fancy camera with multiple lenses to be successful in your professional photography life. It can help you to improve your business and quality of work. Before being a photographer, you need to know your camera and its gear. To be a successful photographer you also have to know ins and outs of camera basics. You can gather information about different cameras and their usage by reading books, magazines, news paper, and online articles.

You will need to have a portfolio built up to show off your best work before being hired by someone. This is the best way to be hired soon. This is because your portfolio composed of five to ten photos can approve your best quality to them. You should take more different photos from different places to make a wide range of images that you can choose for your portfolio; people would like to see your best work you have done.

You should take decision on your forte. You can advertise yourself as a portrait or wedding photographer, if you have a great passion to do them. Choose what your favorite is and get out to do work for it.

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Must-Have Gear for Travelling Photographers

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Must-Have Gear for Travelling Photographers

As you know, I often find myself in the role of a typical travelling photographer. I started out as more-or-less a beginner, but have learned some valuable lessons through the years. One of the things that I have learned is that there are some extremely handy items made especially for the travelling photographer, which are invaluable on the road. Here are just some of the things I tried out, and now couldn’t do without.

  1. Cleaning Gear

It’s a terrible feeling when you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere, miles and miles from home, and there’s a nasty grease spot on your sensor. That’s why I always make a point to carry with me the essential cleaning gear I need for quick cleanups. When you’re travelling, just take a standard rocket blower and a small brush, and you should be set for any major inconveniences without making your back hurt from all the luggage.

  1. Roller Bags

In the same way that you should have a gun safe (like the ones here) if you own weaponry, you really should have an all-compact roller bag for all the lenses, straps, bodies and other equipment you are sure to be lugging around. This piece of travelling gear has become a standard item with travelling photographers, for obvious reasons.

  1. bunch of memmory cardsExtra Memory Cards

I learned this lesson the hard way. It’s a devastating feeling when you want to capture that perfect shot, you take out your camera and click, but then – No More Memory! By the time you clear your memory card and think about which shots you want to keep and which you want to erase, that perfect moment might be gone. This is why the travelling photographer has to make sure to have extra memory cards which are empty and ready to be inserted at a moment’s notice.

  1. Insurance

Although you can definitely do without this, and it’s not technically a piece of gear, I find it absolutely essential. Accidents happen, often when you’re least prepared for them, so you need to make sure you have all your important gear insured. Usually you can get some insurance for as little as 20 dollars a month, so for me this one is a no-brainer.

  1. Non brand straps

Although this again is not an essential piece of gear, in my experience it’s good not to walk around unfamiliar places with a strap that shows off just how expensive your camera was. Just take your brand strap and replace it with a basic black one, and you just might save yourself the trouble of having someone try to snatch your camera off your shoulder or neck.

  1. A Travel Tripod

Make sure you take a light travel tripod on your journey. You never know when you might need to take that long exposure shot, and it would be a shame for it to come out all blurry just because you wanted to avoid an extra half-pound of weight. You can find cheap travel tripods that are stable enough for some nice photos!

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Make a perfect photo of your woodwork

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Make a perfect photo of your woodwork

When you connect art and nature, one of the possible results it is woodworking. And I like to capture with my lens all what is beautiful and special. Those people that deal with woodworking have the increased need to demonstrate their work on the Internet. But if they want that one picture pointed out all the qualities of one work in the right way, it is necessary to know how to take pictures of objects made of wood.

Taking photos of the wooden surface is not the same as taking pictures of people or nature. Yes, it is possible to add and subtract color, light, a shadow, etc. in programs for editing images, but that also requires a lot of knowledge and often can be a laborious task. It is best to make the best possible shot, that you will not have to repair. Besides possessing the good camera, the following tips can be helpful to take a good photo of the woodwork.
Use solid color backgrounds, preferably ones with bright colors, that your woodwork came to expression. Colorful backgrounds and too many details around your object will drag attention away from your masterpieces or cast shadows, and your work will not come to the fore.
Direct the light. To view all the details of your woodworking, you must use the right light. Natural light is best, but if you do not have it, then it is necessary to obtain the appropriate lamp. Good lighting is to photograph the same thing as a good wood lathe for a woodwoker – a necessary tool. It is almost impossible to deal with woodworking without a wood lathe. If you are considering buying one, Woodlathereport has all the answers to your questions. And when you create your masterpiece, lighten it well to take a good photo on which will be seen all details.

Place the main light in front of your work, on a greater height, in order to get the proper shade and to highlight all vertical details. Then, add a side light, which should be opposite to the main light. It should be positioned down. That way you minimize the appearance of shadows.

Control glare. On some wooden surfaces, a bright background may make a glare that will not highlight your work, but only make it unclear. To avoid this, do a test shot and check where the glare occurs. Try to reduce it! Set a dark surface near those parts. In this way, you can show the depth of the picture and the dimensionality of your work. Also, play with lights if you want to highlight some parts that were obscured by a shadow that falls on them. Set a light surface in front of these parts, that will reflect the light.

Experiment. Make a few shots, change the position of the lights, zoom or try shooting from different angles. In this way, you can get many photos of your woodwork, including the one that requires a minimum of editing.
Dedicate yourself to the processing of wood instead of processing photos. Make perfect photo of your woodwork. It takes only a few small tricks.

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Punching Bag – Stress Reliever and a Source of Good Pictures

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Punching Bag – Stress Reliever and a Source of Good Pictures

Each of us has his own way of dealing with stress. Basically, we turn to things we love. For me, photography is a way to get rid of stress. Recently, I did a photo session in the gym and concluded that it was the best place where you can find a nice body for a photograph. But not only that. From conversations with people I photographed, I learned that they usually relieve the stress that way. It’s a great way of looking at exercising. Today we have more and more obese people, for whom exercise is more than necessary. And many of them consider it just as a hard obligation or stress. Well, the key to success seems to be the fact that exercising in the gym becomes your medicine against stress.

When we talk about the fight against stress, I think that one type of gym equipment can definitely take the crown. It is a punching bag! You are probably seen many times the scene in the movies in which the protagonist of the film gets annoyed, and then express anger at the punching bag. In fact, they say that it is not accidental and that the punching bag is a great stress eliminator. Here’s why:

  1. It allows you to discard your rage. This is particularly important in those situations where it is not appropriate to react with angry. A punching bag can be a great valve for discharging of these negative emotions and of all those metabolic changes in the body that stress can cause.
  2. It draws thoughts off stressful situations. Of course, only if you really focus on what you’re doing. The best way to focus on punches is to do a series of quick shots. The slow pace will only leave you time to think bad thoughts.
  3. It strengthens your confidence. Regularly exercising on punching bags affects your physical condition, your good look and a willingness to fight against a real enemy. Well, it does not mean you have to solve conflicts with fights, but it’s good to have self-confidence as a secret weapon.
  4. It improves mood. Intensive training on punching bag allows the release of serotonin, a hormone of pleasure. And this is a natural stress buster. In addition, after training, when the tension in the muscles decreases, you will feel physically different, better, readier for new challenges and cope with stressful situations.

Of course, I did not go to the gym looking for a cure for stress, but to make some good photos. The man who strikes punching bag is really good material for one photographer. A skilled photographer will be able to capture movement at the right time. It is really amazing what positions take the body during hitting the bag and which muscles are engaged.

Emotions and personality are things that I love to catch in the frame. They are so clearly visible in athletes who kick punching bag.  They are starting with anger, provoked with real problems or adrenaline rush, and ends with an expression of exhausting fatigue and serenity. It’s amazing!  For somebody, the punching bag is a stress reliever. For me, it is a source of great inspiration.

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Making of Home Photo Studio

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Camera in a studioThe advantage of photographic work or hobby is that you can do it at home. This significantly reduces investment in this business. Of course, this requires that you have enough space. When you begin to deal with photography, the studio is not necessary.

Many things can be improvised. But if you want to be a professional photographer, taking pictures in your living room can be unprofessional, is not it?

Therefore, you should create your home studio. When you clear up a room or garage for this purpose, you need to add equipment. Here are the basic things that your studio should have:

Backdrop. Any good photographer knows that the best way to emphasize its model is the one- color backdrop that not distracting. For this purpose,  it is commonly used one-color big roll paper. It can be white, or in a color that suits you. If you do not have paper, a large piece of stretched canvas can be a good alternative for your home studio.

Light. Photography depends on what will be the light that falls on your model and whether you will be able to highlight what you want to show. Light is important as much as the camera because, without it, you cannot have clear photos. You can select continuous light or flashlight. It is important that they fit into your budget, and that you can set them to the desired location.

Light softeners. The sharp, direct light will give sharp shadows that sometimes you do not want on your photo. That’s why you need light softeners. It can be an umbrella or soft box, depending on what it is easier available and what it is easier to work with.

Doorbell. If your house is big or the studio is located in an isolated part such as a garage, you need a good doorbell that you’ll hear wherever you are. This way, you will always be able to hear your parties when they come, and you do not have to leave the job you are doing and await them behind the door. Wireless bells are simple to install, loud and with attractive design, and they are the best solution for your home studio. More information about the models and way of functioning can be found here: http://wirelessdoorbellworld.com/

Pieces of furniture. They will be used to place an object on them, or to place your model in a position that suits you. The best is that they are lightweight and that can easily be removed from the scene if you do not need them.
Professional studio shot

Framed works. If you want to make a good impression and show potential customers that you really know what you’re doing, and that you are dedicated to photography, you’ll put a few best photos in a frame and hang them on the wall, as your portfolio.

Computer. Today it is almost impossible to deal with a photograph without a computer, whether it is a simple transfer of pictures from your camera, or you need to edit them in a computer program. Once you have cleared an entire room to create a studio, then set one corner for that piece of equipment.

There is no need to overload your studio with things that would deprive your valuable space. You can always bring them from home. This is another advantage of a home studio. There are also disadvantages, but about them some other time.

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