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"Just recently I have got a few emails from people asking about the food photography setup that I use. I honestly find those some of the most flattering emails I have ever received, because honestly, I am a big time hack. BIG TIME. I don’t do photography as a job, and really have very little time to shoot the food I cook, before I eat it.
I don’t like eating hot food cold.. even if it means a good photo, and I generally (there are exceptions..) don’t like to piss guests off either by making them wait for theirs..
Because of this, I have my little system which really limits the time it takes to shoot after the food has been cooked and plated. I think most food photographers have their own methods for this too. A lot of food can start looking pretty dodgy if it has been sitting out for even just a few minutes, especially what I cook a lot of - seafood.
To make all this digestible and manageable I am going to split the topic of food photography into two posts. This first post will concentrate on more physical elements - cameras, lighting, bounces, scrims and plating. The second post in a few weeks will deal with what happens after you get the image onto your computer - so post-production editing: exposure adjustment, levels, tone, cropping, color adjustment and so on."
Wie du einen Roman schreibst: Die Schneeflocken-Methode 
26. September 2008, Kategorie: Schreiben Lernen
Wie schafft man eigentlich so ein Monsterprojekt “ich schreibe einen Roman“? In der Vergangenheit habe ich mich ja schon einige Male mit dieser Thematik auseinander gesetzt und berichte auch immer wieder, wie sich die Dinge bei mir so entwickeln. Aber wie machen das andere Leute so?
In dieser vierteiligen Serie übersetze ich den Artikel “How to Write a Novel: The Snowflake Method” von Randy Ingermanson, in dem er beschreibt, wie er an das Projekt “Roman schreiben” heran geht. Darauf gestoßen bin ich durch Rezna, ein dickes Dankeschön an dieser Stelle. Teil 2 | Teil 3 | Teil 4
[Anm. des Übersetzers: Aufgrund seiner Länge, habe ich den Artikel in drei Stücke aufgeteilt, der vierte Teil enthält eine Zusammenfassung, Stellungnahme und einige Erweiterungen meinerseits.]"
"How do you take Portraits that have the ‘Wow’ factor?
Today and tomorrow I want to talk about taking Portraits that are a little out of the box. You see it’s all very well and good to have a portrait that follows all the rules – but it hit me as I was surfing on Flickr today that often the most striking portraits are those that break all the rules.
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I want to look at some ways to break out of the mold and take striking portraits by breaking (or at least bending) the rules and adding a little randomness into your portrait photography. I’ll share ten of these tips today and a further ten tomorrow (update: you can see the 2nd part here).
"Steve Buchanan is a commercial photographer in Maryland and a contributor on Photocrati’s Photography Blog. His work can be seen at www.buchanan-studios.com.
Many of the photographers I know are gadget hounds. They love their toys. They love to talk about them, read about them, argue about them and drool over the ones they can’t afford. I’m not so much of a gadget hound. I have my share of gear, and it will occasionally (ok, regularly) spill out of the equipment room and into the rest of the house, but I’ve made a point to try and keep things simple in my business, and in my work. For those looking to get started in food photography I’ve compiled a list of equipment that I would recommend getting, in order."
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