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Post  Admin on Tue May 21, 2013 1:42 pm

Find an article online that provides tips for photographing food. Stage one: post what article you are going to summarize, so we can make sure I don't have people all summarizing the same article. (First person who posts a link to the article in this thread gets to claim that article for their work.)

Make sure the link works (not blocked from school), copy and paste it to this thread. Once that is done and we've checked for duplicates, read the article more thoroughly, go back and edit your post in this thread, and summarize the article, being sure to include specific tips listed in the article that you can use in your work. Your summary must be written in complete sentences with proper spelling and capitalization.

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Post  AlsoKnownAsShelbyK. on Tue May 21, 2013 2:31 pm

Take photos under natural light. Do not use your built-in flash. Ever!

Adjust the white balance when necessary. When you’re editing your photos, if your plate of food looks very blue, yellow, magenta or green, use your white balance tools to fix it! Colors come alive when the white balance is set properly.

http://cookieandkate.com/food-photography-tips-for-food-bloggers/
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Post  VictoriaW on Tue May 21, 2013 2:35 pm

Part One: http://www.foodportfolio.com/blog/food_photography/food_photography_tips.html

Part Two:
-Digital Food Photography Tip #1 - Shoot from a lower angle,this makes the food look thicker and even taller. Drop the angle of your camera and see if the new perspective doesn't add a little life to your food photos.

-Digital Food Photography Tip #2 - Crop in tightly. This makes it easier to see the details, and removes the chances of needing props. You can focus on the main subject a lot easier without any distraction. Moving in closer lets you see the texture and detail of the food better.

-Digital Food Photography Tip #3 - Use shallow depth of field. The key here is to get the right things in focus. Simplifies the shot and the viewer’s eye is less distracted by objects in the background or on the plate. The background can be way out of focus. Objects that are in focus, jump out at you as being the important elements of the photo.

-Digital Food Photography Tip #4 - Add a little oil. Oil brushed on things makes them look hot, even if their not, and makes things look wet too. Oil also makes things last longer on the plate. If you’re going to use oil, don’t overdue it. Remember, not everything on a plate should be shinny.

-Digital Food Photography Tip #5 - Don’t over prop. Over propping leads to confusion on what is the subject. You lose the viewers eye. The viewer may become less interested in your photo really quick. If someone looks at the photo and the first thing out of his mouth is “what a wonderful prop”, then you've screwed up.


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Post  valerieZ on Tue May 21, 2013 2:38 pm

http://thepioneerwoman.com/photography/2009/07/taking-photos-of-food-8-tips/

Summary/tips:

Use natural light and don't even think about touching the flash. It ruins the look and overall picture. As well as getting close to the food, a far away photo is in no way artistically appealing.
To create a more interesting environment, cut and snap a photo. Sure, we see the outside of the food, but don't be afraid to cut into it, show the viewers a 'taste' of what it looks behind the outside layer.



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Post  Jewel_Dotson on Tue May 21, 2013 2:50 pm

It's best to take pictures using natural. You should pay attention to the way the food is set out. You want to make sure the photo is still balanced. Adding props can also make for a good picture but you have to make sure you don't crowd the photo. Lastly,be sure to get on plate level because taking the picture looking straight down at the food usually doesn't work out.

http://digital-photography-school.com/food-photography-an-introduction


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Post  csmith on Tue May 21, 2013 2:50 pm

http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2013/04/05/food-photography-tips/

The first thing the article talks about it photographing food that is appetizing. If it's not appetizing to you, it won't be to anyone else. The second thing it talks about is composition and learning how to do this by studying other photos and how they do it. The third thing it talked about was light. The article said to focus the light around your object and have a very good light source; like a window, etc. The fourth and final tip is about color. It says to have your photos compliment or contrast each other; creating whatever mood you want. A little note at the end says to pay attention to the details and try to make the food more interesting.
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Post  Zachary.M on Tue May 21, 2013 5:14 pm

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/small-kitchen-college/food-photography-tips_b_1537428.html

This article recommends that you should prepare by picking out your serving dishes, any props, lighting, and a tripod. The author recommends not using a flash because you are not controlling the light and natural lighting is better. He also suggests using parchment paper to “diffuse” the lighting that you use. He also says that you can put a board on the other side of the project from your light source. Gold or silver boards make a “lovely effect.” He also suggests using Photoshop to edit the photo.
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Post  Julian Pettus on Tue May 21, 2013 10:32 pm

http://www.learnfoodphotography.com/food-photography-process-food-photo-shoot/

Summery/tips:
1. TAKING "SKETCH SHOTS"
For the first few shots, take a few test shots, a.k.a. sketch shots. The purpose of a sketch shot is to get a basic understanding, be comfortable with the setup, and know to deal with distractions in the background.
2. GETTING THE FINAL IMAGE
While taking shots, feel free to move things around, or adjust the camera angle to get a better feel. Use your basic instinct.
3.FINDING THE MISSING INGREDIENT
Part of the creative process is knowing when something is missing. Find ways to fill whats missing.
4.EVEN STRONGER IMAGE
Always make additions or changes when necessary, like the focus point.
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Post  melissa. on Wed May 22, 2013 8:42 am

http://www.wix.com/blog/2013/05/tips-for-food-photography/

Try Different Angles: close ups and birds eye view are always best when photographing food.

Get the Right Lighting: avoid using artificial flash/lighting in order to make the food look more natural.

Small Details Make a Big Difference: make the dish look beautiful by garnishing it with different spices, parsley, a little drizzle of chocolate or glaze etc. Also, use nice cutlery and cute plates to give it that extra little pizzazz.

Jazz Up the Set: use props (glass of wine, chopsticks, etc.) to create context and make the photo more interesting.

Keep the Background Simple: make sure there is a colour contrast between the background and the food, so the food stands out.

Make it Real: Include a bit of a mess (ex. a few crumbs on the table), in order to keep it natural.

Industry Tricks for Food Photography: use motor oil in place of a less photogenic syrup, spray some deodorant on fruit to make them glisten, use mashed potatoes in place of ice cream.
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Post  Jayae on Thu May 23, 2013 2:35 pm

part 2.

The biggest things for a new food photographer according to the three specialists featured in this article are:
1. Pay very close attention to the lighting and exposure.
2. Stabilize your camera, if not with a tripod a smooth sturdy surface.

Other than the camera, the other tools and gears they suggested were:
1. Medium focal length macro lens.
2. Collapsible bounce reflector with a white side and a gold side.
3. A tripod

They also suggest to stick with colors that work well together, and a nice clean non-distracting table or whatever to rest your food on. alien
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Post  Tonya_Kruise on Wed May 29, 2013 2:10 pm

My Top Ten Tips For Photography.
Basically then things that matter when shooting photography pictures.
Such as not using a flash, decent camera, making your dish all pretty and organized, and much more.
The tip that I find most helpful is to not use the flash. It's just so unflattering when it comes to food.
http://betterwithbutter.com/my-top-10-tips-for-food-photography/
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Post  danielr on Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:09 am

As an alternate assignment, I was working on improving the school website in class. I was fixing small things, such as adding the 2012-2013 archives on the index page list of archives, creating a 404 page, and changing the code in cari.css so that page headers and article titles line up.
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