Capture drool-worthy photos of your favorite foods with these photography tips.

Take a moment to play around with basic photo framing: the rule of thirds, S curves, leading lines, diagonal lines, and symmetry versus asymmetry. Certain foods may look beautiful when arranged on a simple plate, while other foods take on a new form if you fill your frame with an extreme close-up. On the opposite side of the spectrum, you don’t have to fit everything in your photo every time. Let your viewer’s imagination run wild by choosing to share just a part of your seven-course spread.

Natural lighting is good, but natural lighting with a hazy filter is even better. Always aim to shoot outdoors during golden hour or use translucent curtains to filter intense light through windows. Also, don’t be afraid of shooting at a high ISO (400 – 1600) to get an artfully grainy shot. If neither of these options are available, use a camera with manual settings to adjust exposure or a lens with a fast aperture that captures more light when shooting delectable dishes in low light areas. Just leave the flash off.

A perfect image is all in the prep. This could mean work-in-progress shots of diced vegetables on a wooden board or fruit sitting in a harvest basket waiting to be baked. Use ingredients to add character and texture by creating imperfections like overflowing sauces, dollops of cream, herbs, crumbs, and grains of sea salt. Again, think about the depth of your photo and focus on various ingredients to see what yields the best shot.

I always say that composition is 51 percent of a photo, editing is 49 percent, and lighting is 100 percent. Lighting is everything. Think about what a camera is: it’s a box that lets in light. Beyond that, composition is the foundation of your photo. Because composition is based on universal visual principles, it’s the thing that’s going to make your photograph universally appealing. That being said, editing is the thing that’s going to make your photograph even more attractive. Basically, think of composition like bone structure and editing as your makeup.

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Capture drool-worthy photos of your favorite foods with these photography tips.
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Fashion Photography 101 by Lara Jade

In this fashion photography course, learn every stage of a fashion shoot, from casting your styling team and model to the shoot day itself: shooting in-studio and on-location, lighting techniques, model direction, and finally, retouching, business, marketing, and social media advertising.

Whatever type of photographer you are and whatever your experience level, you can learn something from this fashion photography course — the elements of fashion photography and how to integrate them with your own business techniques! Lara will instill you with confidence as she shares her personal experiences of her journey in the industry thus far, guiding you towards making your own mark within the industry.

Lara Jade is a fashion and advertising photographer from England who currently resides in New York City. She was fortunate enough to chance upon photography at the age of fifteen, taking early fortes in self-portraiture and fine art photography. At only seventeen, she decided to start her own business – Lara Jade Photography.

Fashion Photography 101 by Lara Jade

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Studio lighting – creating portraits with a difference | getting the best from a model

Richard Cawood has created a distinctive style of portraiture. In this article you can discover how he achieves his style, learn some tips for beginners and look in detail at the lighting rig he uses when travelling.

Richard Cawood has created a distinctive style of portraiture. In the first article we looked at what is behind his emotive minimalist style. In this second article you can learn more about how he works with models and go behind the scenes with details of a typical studio lighting rig.

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Studio lighting
creating portraits with a difference
getting the best from a model

Let there be lights

Illuminating tips on lighting

Let there be lights
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BDM’s Series: The Complete Photography Manual 2018
Discover how to push your digital camera skills to the limit! There has never been a better time to learn photography. Imaging technology has come on in leaps and bounds in the space of a few short years, and to be able to get the best out of your camera, you need a good understanding of the fundamentals. Within the pages of this guide our team of professional photographers will take you through our comprehensive guide to becoming a far better photographer. 100% unofficial.

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Seven Tips to Rule the Skies

Drone photography is an amazing niche that’s worth exploring, especially if you want to take your photography to new heights—literally and figuratively. From your first flight to shooting something original, pro droner Petra Leary shares her tips for sensational shots from the sky.

Camera Settings
Learn the basics of photography first. Before you even take to the air, set the camera to shoot manual and RAW. Sure, you can pull your drone right out the box and get a great image, but learning how shutter speeds work with aperture and ISO is key to developing your style and improving your photography.

Composition
Height isn’t everything. Although super high drone shots might have the ‘wow’ factor, sometimes you need to think about what you are trying to capture. Does your framing require everything you can see or do you get a more effective shot by framing just the necessary elements?

Lighting
Like in every type of photography, lighting is key. Learn about how the effects of the sun at different times of day effect your shot, as well as how shadows and objects change with light. My favorite times of day to shoot are during the first 2 -3 hours of sunlight and again during the last couple of hours before sunset.

Seven Tips to Rule the Skies
more in Australian Photography Magazine – November 2018

Mastering Exposure and the Zone System

Every photographer using a digital SLR camera needs to master exposure in order to achieve the highest quality results in their photographs. “Mastering Exposure and the Zone System for Digital Photographers” is a complete guide to both the technical and creative aspects of exposure in digital photography.

This guide uses a combination of discussion, examples, and hands-on exercises that lead the reader through a progression of skills development covering the full range of photographic lighting situations. Topics covered include basic metering, outdoor and indoor available light photography, fill flash, night, and low-light conditions, as well as advanced topics like action and sports, close-up, high-key and low-key lighting, multiple light sources. In conclusion, the author shows how to use the Zone System, developed by Ansel Adams for film, with today’s digital cameras to achieve stunning results with exceptional tonal range and clarity.

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Mastering Exposure and the Zone System for Digital Photographers
by Lee Varis
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Basics Photography – Lighting

This book covers all forms of lighting and the equipment that produces it. Dedicated chapters explain the basic theory of light, natural light, light that is available and light that is specifically produced for photography. Later chapters look at how to control and use light, encouraging experimentation and exploration.

The book is illustrated throughout with thought-provoking and creative images from contemporary practitioners, some of which have been taken especially for the book. Technical photographic concepts are identified, examined and explained in a straightforward manner.

Remains of the day
by Adam Burton
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Noonday church
by Rod Edwards
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Minaret turn
by Dale Sanders
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Early morning dear
by Andy Flowerday
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The Basics Photography series from AVA Publishing’s Academia list comprises a collection of titles including: Lighting, Composition, Capturing Colour, Post-Production Black & White, Post-Production Colour and Working in Black & White. Packed with useful tips and fully illustrated with clear diagrams and inspiring imagery, they offer an essential introduction to the subject.

Understanding lighting is fundamental to good photography and a good photographer learns to paint with light. How any image is lit will change how the viewer sees and interprets the content.

The book is split into six sections. The first section looks into the theory and background of how all light ‘works’ for the photographer; the different types of light and the rules it obeys. Natural light, available light and photographic light sources in the studio are all explained and key guidance given on how to measure light for the best photographic exposure.

The book concludes by looking at how to control and use light. Mastery of the basics of lighting will give the reader confidence to explore and experiment. Technical concepts are explained through the use of clear diagrams and in a glossary that runs throughout each section. The book is beautifully illustrated with inspiring and compelling images, many taken especially for this publication.

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