Friday, 9 May 2014

New: How to Photograph FOOD, In-Depth Tutorials eBook

New: How to Photograph FOOD, In-Depth Tutorials eBook

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New: How to Photograph FOOD, In-Depth Tutorials eBook

Posted: 08 May 2014 07:03 PM PDT

It’s so frustrating when your food photos come out looking less than appetizing. But by learning about lighting and styling specific to food, you can make mouth-watering images just like the ones you see in magazines. This is a recent series designed to help you improve your food photography by showing you how you can use the equipment you already own to take beautiful  images now. We were able to arrange a 50% discount for our readers until next Friday, simply use the discount code PICTURECORRECT at checkout. Found here: Photographing FOOD Tutorials eBook


The in-depth Photographing FOOD Tutorials Collection

Each section is a 35-40 page full color behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to make beautiful food images. Sections focus on one specific aspect of photography at a time, making them easy to understand and follow. They offer a DIY approach to lighting with step-by-step examples, a look at how each shot was set up, and the specific camera settings used for each image.

The series of eight sections of Photographing FOOD was written for anyone who wants to improve their food photography. This includes professional photographers who want to add food photography to their offered services, amateur photographers who want to include food shots in their portfolio, bloggers who want beautiful photos to go alongside the delicious recipes they create, and food purveyors who want to share their new creations with the online world.

Some of the many topics covered include (294 pages):

  • Window lighting
  • Quality of light
  • Controlling shadows
  • Building a table top studio
  • Color theory
  • Creative camera control
  • Stylizing food
  • Camera angles
  • Composition
  • Shooting tethered
  • Flash and continuous lighting
  • Lens choice
  • Camera settings for shooting ingredients
  • Blurring motion
  • Editing in Lightroom and/or Photoshop
  • Using histograms and tone curves
  • Cropping
  • Finding the right light while traveling
  • Designing creative backdrops
  • Modifying a single light set-up

Example pages from Photographing FOOD

Photographing Food is written and shot by Taylor Mathis. Taylor is a food and lifestyle photographer based in Charlotte, NC. He blogs about food and food photography on Taylor Takes a Taste and is the owner of Taylor Mathis Photography.

How to Get a Discounted Copy This Week:

Photographing FOOD can be read anywhere. PDF issues are formatted for computer, tablet, and mobile reading. We were able to arrange 50% off for our readers until Friday May 16, simply remember use the voucher code picturecorrect at checkout. It also carries a guarantee, if you are not satisfied with any part of the tutorials just let them know why and they will give you a full refund so there is no risk in trying it.

It can be found here: Photographing FOOD Tutorial Collection eBook

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5 Tips for Soothing a Newborn Baby During a Photo Shoot (Video)

Posted: 08 May 2014 05:01 PM PDT

Shooting newborn portraits can either be incredibly taxing or a total breeze. If you market yourself as a family photographer, be sure to emphasize that you can handle newborns, because parents will be thrilled to find someone who can handle an otherwise uncontrollable crying baby. Of course, if you can’t handle them, you’ll look like a putz. So here are five tips, courtesy of SLR Lounge, to help you shoot newborn infants:

  1. Use white noise to comfort the babies. Photographers used to use hairdryers, but there are now apps available that are specifically made for soothing infants.
  2. To prevent movement and keep a sense of comfort, try wrapping the baby in a shawl, towel, or scarf.
  3. Stay calm. Really, you don’t need two babies in the room.
  4. Acting like a parent usually works, so try rocking the baby or whispering hushes to calm him or her down.
  5. If your circulation sucks, you might want to wear gloves to keep your hands warm. Cold hands can startle and upset infants.

Use a white noise app to comfort babies.

Once you get the hang of newborn photography, you’ll find a whole new aspect of family photography to explore.

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Japanese Photographer Creates Adorably Hilarious Photos of His Daughter (Album)

Posted: 08 May 2014 02:18 PM PDT

It’s a known fact that parents love to take (and share) photos of their children. Most people smile politely as the proud parent flips through photo after photo of their kid eating, sleeping, crying, playing, and celebrating the latest birthday; however, the viewer is usually disenchanted with the photo barrage about 5 pictures in. Welcome to the scene Toyokazu Nagano, a creative photographer and proud father of two daughters.

Nagano received a used DSLR camera from a friend in 2008–shortly after the birth of his second daughter, Kanna–and used it to document the daily lives of his two girls. In an interview with “The Japan Times,” Nagano said in 2010, he purchased a medium-format camera–a Pentax 67–but found it hard to capture the special moments due to the manual settings of the camera. While such a setback would frustrate many photographers, Nagano used this shortcoming to his advantage:

“Then it occurred to me, ‘If I can't nail the moment, I could just take their picture when they're not moving!’ This overly positive outlook changed my course as the official family photographer in a big way. Instead of pictures where I captured a wondrous moment or lovely daily-life scene, shots with creative elements that make you burst out laughing in spite of their triviality, became my, and our children's, (family photo) standard.”

His collection of creative pictures, entitled “My Daughter Kanna,” is truly a day-brightener that will put a smile on your face:

Viewers laughed, grinned, and cooed “awww” as these photos spread across the internet, but some people were perplexed by the empty road in the background.

Nagano said he wanted people to focus on the hilarity of the scene, rather than focus on what was behind his subject.

“I didn't want the background to have too much meaning, so I take them on a totally nondescript farm road that runs in front of our house.”

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His only criterion when creating these pictures with his daughter is determining whether or not it is funny.

“I believe laughter has a depth and universality that transcends generations. And laughter has the effect of livening things up instantaneously. It also has the power to make people happy.”

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Giving Back the Light: An Artist’s Interesting Twist on Light Painting Technique (Video)

Posted: 08 May 2014 12:34 PM PDT

French photographer and artist Philippe Echaroux has been working on an ongoing photography project that puts a twist on your typical light painting. In the quick clip below, you can enjoy his art as he and his team of assistants unfold their mission to fuse temporary and permanent art, creating something quite unique:

As a commercial and celebrity photographer, Echaroux felt he used light and captured light every day to create his images, but he never gave the light back. That thought inspired him to begin his Painting With Lights project.


The images are created by projecting a large piece of artwork onto various surfaces–ranging from trees to buildings and anything in between–and photographing the projected light to create a more permanent work of art.


Painting With Lights has had its setbacks, including multiple equipment failures. The team has broken multiple projectors and burned a power generator, but at the end of the day, the art that is produced makes the casualties worth it.

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How to Use Storytelling in Nature Photography to Create Compelling Images (Video)

Posted: 08 May 2014 10:46 AM PDT

What makes a great photograph? Does the answer simply depend on technical composition or is there some other element that can infuse a technically-sound image deep meaning? Nature photographer Florian Schulz would say that the key to a truly moving photo is storytelling. A photographer may have mastered the technical aspects of the craft and create lovely images, but the most potent photographs connect with the viewer and tell a story.

In this short interview, Schulz provides several general tips for improving one’s landscape and wildlife photography and discusses how he incorporates storytelling into his own work to create truly compelling photographs:

5 Tips for Landscape Photography

1. Do your research. Study topographical maps and figure out the peak lighting times and directions of the area you’re planning to photograph. It’s often beneficial to also take a look at other photographers’ images of the area, if only to find out how not to photograph a space in order make your images unique. Do your best to set yourself up for success on the ground.

2. Scout the location. If you’re strong enough to resist the urge, don’t immediately grab your camera and start snapping when you arrive on location. Instead, spend time exploring the area, studying angles and imagining what the light play will look like at golden hour. Look for elements in the landscape that grab your attention and decide how to incorporate them into your composition.

3. Put something important in the foreground. This is perhaps the most crucial aspect of composition in landscape photography. In order to get that dramatic “sweeping” effect that characterizes the greatest landscape photos, you usually need to communicate depth and lead the viewer’s eye through the photo by providing an interesting, sharp foreground.

“What’s really important often is to have some dramatic opening, something that’s really important, in the foreground,” said Schulz. “That might be a small reflection pool. It might be an ancient root or a rock that’s covered with lichen. You really need to have one of those elements… to lead you or the viewer into the image.”

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Schulz used a higher aperture to keep the foreground and the background sharp in this image.

4. Wait for the right light. As with most types of photography, golden hour lighting tends to make for some of the best landscape images. However, that might not be the effect that you’re going for. Know your vision for each image and be prepared to wait a long time for the perfect lighting and weather conditions to achieve it.

“What’s nice about a landscape is it’s not going to run away,” said Schulz. “It stays put so I can really wait for the right light and that’s pretty much the key in a landscape photograph.”

5. Know why you want to make the image. During the entire preparation process, decide why you want to photograph that particular scene and what you want to communicate through your images. This will make your images stronger by far.

“Think about the story that you want to tell,” Schulz said. “Why do you really want to capture this image? Why does it mean so much to you? That will probably give the answer [about] how to photograph it and what you want to bring into the picture.”

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Schulz used the river in the foreground to lead viewers’ eyes to that majestic mountain range.

5 Tips for Wildlife Photography

1. Learn and practice the craft. As with faster-moving photography genres, such as sports photography, you’d better know your stuff when you head out into the field or you will miss or butcher those “wow” moments instead of skillfully capturing them. Learn your camera, learn lighting, and learn how to predict what might happen next.

2. Log time in the field. The success of your wildlife photography depends on your patience level and your willingness to bunker down in the field for long periods of time. Master wildlife photographers spend days, weeks, or even years working to get a shot that they have envisioned.

3. Observe animals to learn their behavior and habits. Before you ever bring your camera to your eye, you must become a student of the animal you’ve decided to photograph. If you will spend the time learning habits, game trails, and nest locations, as Schulz suggests, you will know how to predict animals’ movements and you’ll be able to capture totally unique images.

“In the course of days or even weeks, you start to understand the personality of the animal,” said Schulz. “You may learn about habits that this bird may have and when you do see, for example, repetitions, you are a lot more likely to be able to set up and be prepared to capture one of those images that you’re imagining.”

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Schulz likely knew that these wolves often passed through this area, so he knew where to wait.

4. Know the proper etiquette. Give the animal its space when you’re observing and photographing it. If you conduct yourself quietly with respect for the creature, then it will likely do the same for you and eventually cease seeing you as a threat. That means better photos. In the video, Schulz recounts an awesome experience with a family of grizzly bears that would never have been possible if he had ever previously misconducted himself in their presence.

“I think some of the most happy moments is if you feel like the animal that you’re photographing builds some kind of a trust with you,” said Schulz. “That only happens after you’ve been in the vicinity of the animal for several days, maybe even weeks.”

5. Know why you want to make the image. Don’t just take pictures—become a photographer-storyteller. Determine why you want to photograph this particular animal and what you want to try to communicate through your photos. It’s not enough to nail the technical aspects. You need to mean something by the image.

“What does it mean to you to photograph your subject?” Schulz said. “When you’re producing an image and this image will tell a story, then it’s an image that resonates with people. Some of it may be a series of images, but the big goal would be that one single image captures a story that goes beyond the image.”

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Viewers connect to the bear’s gentle expression in this image.

Florian Schulz is widely known for his strong conservationist views and he uses his nature photography to encourage viewers to become involved in worldwide conservation efforts. He lives in Germany, where he co-runs his photography business, Visions of the Wild, with his wife Emil.

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