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taken earlier and don’t say that—but you better have them for back up—or for down the road when you need a different (unpublished) photo of the same person.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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When a food photograph makes you hungry, there’s a good chance the food looks juicy. Think of a photo of an apple and then think of a photo of that apple just after being cut and the juice is dripping down the knife and skin. To make sure you get the most shine in your photo—get your main light (whether sunlight or bulb) coming from the side or back. What your essentially doing is capturing the reflection of the light off the water or oil and bouncing it back directly into your lens. Too much can cause hot spots, so be sure to take a bunch, varying your angle slightly, to get just the right amount. Happy Shooting!

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