We’ve had some discussion around here about what size photo files we should be uploading onto the blog. There are varying opinions on acceptable quality—mine being I want high quality because I want my photos to look good. But I do know that the bigger files slow our site down–so what quality am I willing to accept? Let’s take a look at smaller files. This image of Doug is a good one because there is a lot of important information (his face) in a small area, whereas the rest of the photo (grass, rocks & barn) will suffer less with smaller files. I’m not going lower then 123K though some think the image shouldn’t run over 100K. These smaller files make Doug look like he needs a facial real bad—but the rest of the photo Read On »

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When we first arrived on Arron Miller’s farm he was standing next to his outdoor oven stoking the fire. We didn’t have much time to interview him, get photos & eat a terrific mandatory lunch—so my photography couldn’t be the priority. When you’re in a situation that prevents you from directing the subject—you just need to shoot . . . and shoot and shoot. I had taken hundreds of images when luckily, right before we left, the interview bought us out to his finishing field where I knew in one image I could convey—Arron Miller “Grass Fed Beef Farmer.” The others were taken earlier and don’t say that—but you better have them for back up—or for down the road when you need a different (unpublished) photo of the same person. Happy shooting . . .and Read On »

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Here is the original photo to M’s post. I would never use photos of other peoples kids anywhere. Never. The decision to post photographs of kids on the internet, in my opinion, is to be made by the parents and the kid. Yes-I said the kid. I still remember the total embarrassment as a kid when my parents had friends and family over and presented a slide show—remember Kodak Carousels? I was 8 years old at the time and up flashed an image of a naked me in the bath tub with a soapy pointed hairdo. I was mortified—and to this day will never forgive my parents for that. Happy responsible shooting & using!

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There’s not a lot to say about this photo technically—there was a nice soft light on our pretty stone walk so I decided to use it. You can tell I’m not into this assignment—looks kinda lazy— and I now know why I am so happy not to have to photograph the CSA haul every week. I do it on Saturday morning—early! And I’ve been enjoying my Friday nights a bit too much lately. So—here’s to sleeping in on Saturdays! Happy sleeping!

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I didn’t have a photo of the Chipotle-Corn Ciabatta without flour, so I’ll use these photos of Michael’s Multi-Grain Bread to show how a little dusting of flour can add texture, and in this case, contrast to a photo as well. Because the bread’s color is similar to the board, the white of the flour also helps to separate the two and also contrasts more with the dark lines of the rack. Happy shooting!

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