November 26, 2008
"The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score, and the print the performance. " – Ansel Adams
• Photo Highlights from Flickr:
This week on the IPC Flickr group:
NEW: Classes: What classes would you like to see offered?
NEW: Holiday List: If your spouse/kids/dog asked Indy Photo Coach for a suggestion for what you’d like as a gift, what should we tell them?
NEW: Shoot The Night: Excursion focused on light painting, slow shutter
Photo by Serge Melki
Photo by Brian Logan
Assignments: Designed to help you exercise your creativity and see everyday life differently.
NEW Assignment: Silhouette: Welcome to the world of backlighting
NEW Assignment: Advertisement: Post a photo that looks like it could be used in an ad for a product or service.
Alphabet "S": Create a photo that shows an "S" shape without showing text.
Photo by Bob Cross
"Full": Show your visual interpretation of the word "Full"
Simplicity: Compose a very simple shot.
Beloved Object: Show us something that means alot to you.
Self-Portrait: Practice and show us who you are! Start those creative engines and introduce yourself photographically!
Pool: Upload your best shots and comment on other Indianapolis photographers’ work. Be inspired.
Photo by Anne Springer
• Holiday Photo Contest
Exclusively for IPC Flickr / Newsletter Members!
Prizes: Awards for 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place, including a $75 Indy Photo Coach Gift Certificate for 1st place.
Post a photo that somehow captures the essence of this time of year (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hannukah, trees, Circle of Lights, etc.)
Judges: All entries will be judged by IPC instructors
* Artistic Merit & Composition
* Technical Quality
* Level of Photographic Challenge
Deadline: All entries must be posted to the IPC Flickr Pool by Dec. 28th.
Rules: Contest is free to enter. Must be a member of IPC Flickr group. Only 1 entry per person. When posting your entry to the Flickr Pool, it must include the following tags (or we can’t find it):
- "Indy Photo Coach"
- "Holiday Photo Contest 2008"
• Indy Photo Coach Gift Certificates
A perfect gift for your photo enthusiast!
Bonus $10 for every $50 purchased
• Tip of the week: Thanksgiving! Shooting Food
Why did the police arrest the turkey?
They suspected it of fowl play.
My deepest apologies for that terrible joke. We all look forward to the festivities of this Thursday and many of us will over eat slightly and doze off around 6:30pm in front of a football game. But before then it’s the job of you and I to document this wonderful day of humanitiy’s domination over poultry (unless you’re a vegetarian).
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when shooting food:
- Lighting is the most important element of food photos. Make sure your white balance is correct and shadows are not distracting. Soft, diffused light is best.
- Composition is 2nd most important. What is the standout ingredient? Emphasize it. If you’re shooting dessert, make that apple pie obvious and show the steam rising (are you hungry yet?) Look for something to grab people’s attention right away.
- Arrangement: recess back to geometry class and use those triangles & shapes to arrange the plates & garnishes. Keep an eye on your background. Use props like showy forks & bright napkins to fill in gaps.
- Focus & Depth of Field: Shoot on a tripod & make subtle changes to your focus & DoF. It can do wonders for shots of food.
- Dig in! You can always document the clean-up efforts also.
These tips and more can be learned in any Indy Photo Coach class or lesson.