Friday, February 20, 2015

Tips to Improve Your Food Photography

This weekend, my husband and I are going out to a new restaurant with our son and daughter-in-law.  It's important to me then that I check out their menu online. Besides seeing what is offered, I expect appealing photographs.

Why this matters is because I'm a finicky eater.  When it comes to meals there aren't many foods  I enjoy. I have an intense aversion to a lot of different meats and sadly I'm not a big fan of vegetables either.

Nope, it's  unfortunately dairy and carbs that are my friends. Put cheese, lots of cheese,  on anything and slap it between the top and bottom of a bun and my palate is delighted. Mac and cheese is a staple and a cream sauce on pasta is preferred.  When none of that is available, I continue with my healthy nutritional choices by selecting fried.

Fortunately, good genetics have protected me thus far from the typical ill effects of my pathetic diet. Now middle age has brought wisdom so that I will actually eat foods I don't particularly like because I know I should. However, they need to be visually appealing to entice me.

When designing a restaurant's website or menu it's important that the photos do what the words may not have — make you salivate. A poor quality image won't achieve that result.  Digital Photography School offers useful tips on how to put the tasty in your food photography:

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Create Low-Poly Images

"Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad." — Salvador Dali
 
Given those two choices, my works of art I guess would have to fall in the latter category. It's okay. I don't profess to be an artist. I can draw a pretty groovy mod chick. I can doodle a passable dog or cat. But  seeing the work of a real artist or watching a colleague creating images in Adobe Illustrator I recognize my limitations. 

That said image editing software does give us the opportunity to exercise our creative side a bit. 'Drawing'  an original illustration might be just as difficult in these programs,  if you don't have the ability to do so with pencil and paper. But there are still plenty of ways to practise a little artistry. 

Choosing low poly as the focus, for example, it's easy enough to turn a photograph into something just a little different. Here are a few tutorials to show you how:




Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Tips for Better iPhone Photography

I have an iPhone and I like it. I have a camera and I like to take pictures. What I don't like is taking pictures with my iPhone.

I have nothing against the technology itself; I've seen plenty of other people's phone photos that are really quite wonderful.  No, the blame is mine.  I haven't  spent a lot of time learning the camera's capabilities and therefore have been less than satisfied with the results when I do snap a quick shot.  There's a lack of clarity, a muddiness to them, that's just not satisfactory.

Therefore, given that I believe in using things to their full potential and that I often don't have my 'real' camera on hand when I need it,  I've decided it's time to figure out what I'm doing wrong. Or at least how I can do better.

With only a few weeks of winter remaining (I am throwing that out to the universe in a hopeful state of mind), and given the challenges presented by this season for photographers,  I thought it might be a good topic with which to begin my training.

I discovered these websites that provide some useful tips —  first on how to perfect my iPhone photography skills, then on how to make my iPhone winter photos picture perfect.

Quick Tips for Better iPhone Photos

iPhone Photography Guide

Brighten and Sharpen Your iPhone Photos

10 Rules for Great iPhone Photography

10 Tips for Taking Great Winter Photos With Your iPhone

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Images Offer a Glimpse of Spring

Temperatures this past long weekend in the glorious Ontario Canada Snowbelt were deeper than below freezing. It was a bone-grabbing, lung-numbing winter chill that settled inside you and lingered there long after you had entered a heated room.

My husband and I, after attending an evening gathering where a few alcoholic beverages were ingested, decided we'd walk home in the early morning, -30°C hours.  Offers from smarter people for rides were abundant but there was a part of me that wanted to prove this Canuck could handle it.

We did make it, but spent the next hour or so thawing out.

And thinking warm thoughts. In my case many of them focussing on a few months from now, when instead of the bite of Jack Frost, we'll enjoy the kiss of spring's warming sun on our skin, when a late night walk can be a pleasing experience, not a freezing one.

So, in keeping with my thinking ahead to spring musings here are some new this year images on iCLIPART.com, as well as a great collection from Clipart.com