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The Photographer’s Spring Cleaning Top 5

It’s that time of year when we’re gearing up for the shoots to come, and we’re focused on making this the best year we’ve ever had. It’s also that time of year where we can get rid of some of the distractions and clutter that slow us down every day. It’s spring cleaning time! Here are what I consider the 5 most important things for you to start cleaning up right away so you can feel better about yourself and your business this week! [more]

Fstoppers Exclusive Interview With Peter Menzel’s New Project: Waste in Focus

Peter Menzel is an award winning photojournalist whose work has appeared in many national and international publications such as: National Geographic, Time, Wired, Geo, Stern, Paris Match, Life, Le Figaro and Forbes. Today his new project: Waste in Focus. A documentary project that profiles eight families in four different cities with one weeks worth of trash. [more]

How To Select A Cloth Background

In past articles, I have shown you what I love about wooden and stone food photography backgrounds. These backgrounds make great sturdy surfaces that you can use anywhere. However, their sturdiness comes with weight and rigidity that can make hauling them around quite the chore. If you are looking for a lightweight background with a wide range styles; cloth is the way to go. Let me show you why.

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National Geometric – Helping Others With Print Sales

Introducing a new project cleverly entitled National Geometric that helps bring food, water and other basic life necessities to the children of India using the sales of unique and one of a kind prints of the child in need. Using exchange rates and economic principles to their advantage, National Geometric is able to sell prints at a very affordable rate, that is then able to drastically help those in need. [more]

Hard vs Soft Light: Which Is Right For You?

Is there a perfect light for your food photography? In past posts, I have mainly talked about using large lighting modifiers to create a soft light over my subject. I tend to choose softer light, because I think it looks better on my food. Is this the only lighting option? No. Like fashion photography, there are many different types of lighting that you can use on a subject. To get a better understanding of what will fit your style, let’s take a closer look at the characteristics of hard and soft light and how they affect your food shot.

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How To Make A Lightweight Stone Background

A stone background provides a great look for many food shots. The only problem is the weight that comes with it. Spend a day hauling around large stone tiles and you will understand the price that comes with this great look. There is a solution though. Let me show you how you can still have the same great stone look that is easy on the back and the wallet.

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A Saint Patrick’s Day Inspired Cocktail Shoot

Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations in the United Stated revolve around one thing: lots of green booze. In working with a recipe developer for a St. Patrick’s Day beverage, we both wanted to steer clear of the common green beer and food coloring based cocktails. The result was a beautiful green sangria. Here is more on how I created this subtly St. Patrick’s Day themed shot.

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7 Simple Principles To Ensure Success On Your Next Shoot

A few months ago, I was involved in a shoot that seemed to do everything right. Managing ever larger shoots, photo or video, is not rocket science but does require planning and thought. Here are some basic pointers of what I saw first hand that we can all apply to increase the chances of successful outcomes on our shoots. [more]

How A Sawhorse Will Improve Your Photography

I know what you might be thinking. How can something used for construction and home improvement help me with my photography? Well, keep in mind that some of the best food photography supplies come from the hardware store. Folding sawhorses are light weight, incredibly portable, and can create a shooting space with a small footprint anywhere! Let me show you a versatile set-up you can recreate anywhere.

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The Fancy.com Uses Major Loop Hole In The Law To Use Your Images

Several months ago I noticed a spike in our website traffic from a fairly large website called “The Fancy.” From a web traffic standpoint I initially thought this was good news and that one of our blog posts was picked up again. After following the link provided in the backend of our Squarespace analytics referral page, what I found was outright unlicensed image use for profit.  [more]

Testing The Kessler CineDrive With A High Speed Camera For Slow Mo Awesomeness

Tom Guilmette and Jon Connor got together at Kessler HQ to have some fun with a FasTec High Speed Camera mounted to a Kessler CineDrive. The CineDrive is able to perform programmable camera moves at high speed, and in this behind the scenes video Tom shows us their setups for various shots, which revolve around food. [more]

The Photographers Weight loss Challenge

If you are anything like me, you’re extremely active during the summer and once winter rolls around you become a hermit and the pounds pack on. For those of you attending our Bahamas photography workshop, you may be interested in our photographers weight loss challenge. [more]

Missing A Prop? Create A Composite

With rare and expensive props, you may run into a supply problem leaving you without the desired number for your shot. For this shoot, I wanted to show three bowls in the image, but only had two on hand. Here is how I created a composite to solve the problem.

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This Pelican Took One Of The Most Beautiful Bird’s-eye View Videos Of All Time

Here at Fstoppers we featured many animal-related GoPro videos in the past [here are a few as a reminder: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5], and all are unique and interesting. Some are visually stunning. But this video taken by a pelican takes home the award for the most beautiful video ever taken by an animal. [more]

Photography Marketing 101: Sell Yourself (The Jimmy Buffett Theory)

Last summer, my friend Andy and I, and his six year-old son, were out location scouting. As we drove around, the three of us were playing a very intense game of word association. One of us would say a word, and the others would quickly say the first word that came to mind. As we neared a potential location, Andy called out, “Key West” to which I mindlessly responded, “Jimmy Buffett…” In that instant, I realized that everything I thought I knew about marketing myself as a photographer was completely and utterly wrong. [more]

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