The Weekend Update : Jan 30

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· You know those determined friends who beat the odds and climbed the 100% vertical El Capitan in Yosemite? What you didn’t see was the photographer that followed them all along their journey.

· You don’t owe anybody anything- but LOVE.

· The first 10 minutes sets the tone for the rest of it. Make ‘em good.

· This photographer goes to the extreme of shooting while nude in order to level the playing field and increase the vulnerability between him and his subjects. Could you?

· Cutest and easiest XOXO Toppers for your Valentine cupcakes or muffins!

· 5 Steps for Successfully Marketing Yourself at an Industry Trade Show.

· Make ahead salads are the jam. Try these 5 jar salad recipes to refresh and reset next week!

· How to become an authority in your niche.

· Beat the odds and then some when you learn how to win at rock-paper-scissors.

· We double dog dare you to give the 30 day minimilist challenge a go. We especially love the challenge of leaving an entire day unplanned!

We hope your weekend is a blast and punctuated with a team win. (And if your team isn’t even playing, then grab some good eats for the heck of it why dontcha!) See you Monday! xo

Join Us for a Quick Pic

If you’re new to the forum or you’re just looking for an easy way to jump back into the fold after an extended holiday break, our monthly Quick Pic contest is your easy ticket to contribute! Every month, our Quick Pic theme is unveiled giving you the next month to shoot for the theme and upload to the forum along with other shares sure to inspire. Even better, each month one participant’s name is drawn at random to win a $25 gift card to his or her choice of retail shops such as Amazon and Anthroplogie just to name a few!

This month’s Quick Pic theme, “New” is just now winding down but you still have until this Friday to add yours to the thread! With nothing to lose and only fun (and maybe even a gift card to gain), what’s your wait?

Here are a few of our faves from some of 2014′s Quick Pic themes:

Lifestyle via Sarah Cambio

Your Surroundings via Simply Splendid

Street Photography via Summer Murdock

Lowlight via Lani Katherine

Pets + Animals via Kelsey Gerhard

Add in your Quick Pic today and keep up with the upcoming themes right here! We hope to see your share very soon!

Food Photography 101 Tips | Explore Your Camera Angles

We are so excited to have Gina Weathersby back to teach her Food Photography Narratives workshop. And lucky us, she is sharing a few of her tips for you to kick your food photos up a notch. Here’s what she has to say:

Though I enjoy teaching a full on workshop as well as one on one mentoring for a comprehensive and hands on course in food photography, I’m often asked for little tips for taking better food photographs. From food bloggers who may be more food writers than photographers, to people who simply love photograph their food for their instagram feeds ~ people just wanting their food photos to look better. So I thought I’d start a series and share some quick, simple tips for natural light food photography.

Just like anything else, it’s easy to get in a rut – even with theangles we choose to photograph our food with. We all have our comfortable ways in which we ‘like’ to shoot, but it’s important to remember to consider the options and maybe even breath some new life into our photography.
There are three main camera shooting angles:

STRAIGHT ON: Works well on foods that are stacked, high, or where you want to see the insides.

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3/4 ANGLE: This angle is nice for getting a sense of the depth of your shot as you will see most parts of your food, and of your set. This angle is also generally how we normally ‘see’ food, from our eating perspective.

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OVERHEAD: This is a great angle for showing strong graphic composition. Don’t forget to take into consideration the different heights of your foods and choose your aperture according to your needs and feel.

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Of course, there are variations to all of these, but what they do is get you to begin thinking about different angles relevant to where you are shooting from, and the position of your food/set, and what looks or feels right.

So, why is this important? Well, for many reasons, actually. Here is one scenario that happens all too often. Imagine you came across an image online (maybe pinterest) that you loved. You follow the link, it takes you to the site where that image originated, and it happens to be a blog post. You start reading and scrolling through the post excited to see more of the image that caught your eye. You’re happy because you see there are quite a few….only, you quickly notice that they are ALL LOOK THE SAME. The same shot, the same angle – maybe just a little tighter or loose, but essentially, all 19 shots are the same. Who needs or wants to see 19 of the same shots. No one.

Imagine, instead, that the photographer took the time to create some variety and interest by taking a few shots from various angles, simply by moving around their food/set.

Take the extra time. You’re already there. Walk around your food and LOOK at if from all angles, front and sides, high and low. Of course, not all angles work with all types of foods, but taking the time to explore the options is not only essential for a great post or story, but you just might end up with a shot that you love even more that the one you thought would work the best.

Here’s a little exercise for you. The next time you get ready to photograph a dish/ingredient/still life/etc., make a short list of angles you will shoot & check them off as you go.

1. Straight on – directly in front and then from slightly different angles – still straight on (both vertical and horizontal).
2. From above (both vertical and horizontal).
3. From a 3/4 angle – from both the front and from both of the sides (both vertical and horizontal).

You’ll be amazed at how many usable variations you may end up.
It’s all about exploring your options.

*Be sure to adjust your lighting and modifiers as you change your angles, if needed.

To see more of Gina’s delicious photos, just head to her site. To read testimonials from her previous workshop students, just click here. And if you are ready to sign up to start your food photography journey, sign up here.