February marked the start of our month of food photography, and our first assignment was Boscopix‘s Birthday Cake. While we felt this one might have been focused more on the person rather than the dessert, the dessert was an integral part of the photo. The tones were subdued and quite pleasing, and the cake was definitely tasty looking (P.S. Happy birthday Boscopix!).
In order to get out eating habits back on a bit healthier of a track after last week’s dessert photos, our assignment this week is Fruits and Vegetables. All of the same hints and tips apply from last week, but this week we want you to make those healthy options look tasty and appealing. Just a quick reminder of the rules, first, your photo needs to be taken between 3 – 17 February 2010. You’re welcome to share photos taken outside of these dates as well, but the only ones included in our mini-contest to be up on the blog are those taken during the required dates. Second, if your photo is taken during those dates and you want it included in the contest, you must include the words “Assignment: Food Photography – Fruits and Vegetables” and the date that the photo was taken. Finally, your EXIF should be intact, and it’s useful if you can include some of the main points (e.g. camera, lens, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, etc.). Next week we’ll be continuing with our food photography theme with Food Photography – Main Dishes. This is the part of the meal you really want to highlight, it’s called the main dish for a reason. Make us drool, make us want to lick the monitor, and make sure you use what you’ve learned in the last few weeks!
If I could tell…:Back in December, a thread started asking what you would tell new photographers if you would tell pro photographers if you could tell them one thing. So what would you tell the newbies, what would you tell the pros? One of the benefits of dPS is that we can all learn from each other regardless of what level we’re at. So come join in either of these discussions over in the forum and share your wisdom and knowledge with others.
perfect focus. This brought up a discussion in the forums about whether or not people use the auto select AF points, and why. So, come join in the discussion over on the forums and tell us whether or not you use them!
What’s the Best Way to Learn Photoshop?:Photoshop can be incredibly overwhelming if you’re first starting out. There’s a wealth of information out there about it, but how do you know where to start or what’s important? One way is to ask the people in the forum about the best ways to learn Photoshop. If you have some suggestions, why not join in the discussion?
Focal Length vs Shutter Speed: The general rule of thumb is that to avoid camera shake, you should shoot at 1/focal length. But with digital crop factors and pancake lenses, it raises the question of whether these things change the rule of thumb? Is it still the same? Can you get away with a slower shutter speed? Do you need a faster shutter speed to compensate for the crop factor? These questions all come up in this thread, and there is some great discussion about ways to get sharp shots.
What Would You Do: As usual, the weekend means it’s time again for another one of our post-processing threads where you get the chance to edit another forum member’s photo. Whether you’re new to post-processing or not, you’re welcome to participate in these threads since they’re a great way to hone your skills.