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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Food photography

I chose Jean Cazal as my food photographer. I chose him because the way his taking the food picture is just so real and making the food looks so delicious to eat. Also he took the photo in very colourful and modern way.

Jean Cazals is a London based food photographer. He gained his BA Honours in Visual Communication at the London College of Printing. Went back to Paris to shoot reportage for the ECPA (French governmental dept.). After 2 years he returned to London to shoot portraiture for editorial, advertising & design assignments, few years later he decided to turn his lens on food & lifestyle.
He shoots from his studio based in Notting Hill when he isn’t travelling overseas for his international clients. His approach is clean, graphic and moody, based on natural light, and elegant styling & food presentation.
Jean’s time is divided between editorial, advertising and books.
His work appears in House & Garden , Delicious, Food & Travel, Elle, Marie Claire, Conde Nast Traveller, Vogue Entertaining & Travel, Marthas Stewart Living, Brides, Sunday Times, The Telegraph Mag., Olive, RobbRepor. He has published over 60 cook books and work with numerous international chefs: Michel Roux, Peter Gordon, Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsey, Raymond Blanc, Jean Paul Hevin, 'The Savoy' Cook Book, 'The Cinnamon Club' , 'Le Gavroche', 'Indulge' The French Laundry dessert book, La Cuisine des Brasseries ('Gourmand Award' 2004), Quick Bread ('Gourmand Award' nominee 2006), Dough ('Glenfiddich' 2006 Best Photo. nominee & 'Julia Child' Best Cookbook 2006), 'Crust' (James Beard' Awards nominee 2008). His advertising client list includes name such as Sainsbury, Asda, Mark & Spencers, Waitrose, Conran, Fauchon, Baxters, Unigate, Kraft, Haagen Dazs, Havana Club, Birdseye, Blue Dragon, NZealand Lamb, Scottish Meat & Californian Almonds Boards, SAS Hotels, Cockspur Rhum, and Danone.

These are my favourite photography took by Jean Cazals. The black background just made it more elegance and colourful.

Architecture Photography

I have been doing my research and I found this website In this website, they showed several stunning architecture photography from different random photographers.
Architectural photography can be broadly considered to encompass views of the exteriors and interiors of domestic, commercial, religious, institutional, and engineering structures, as well as records of the evolution of towns and cities.

Resources photography;

Resources photography
Mindcage (photographer) takes this amazing photo

Skyline Photography

I chose Andrew Prokos as my Skyline photographer link. I chose him because his photography is very beautiful and stunning colour and lighting.

Andrew Prokos is a New York City based photographer specializing in architectural, location, and fine art photography. Andrew has worked on assignments and commissions for clients in advertising, publishing, design, real estate, government, and corporate art. Andrew's photos have been widely published in magazines and corporate annuals, and are featured in printed product lines sold in the United States and Europe.
Andrew's archive of color and black and white New York photographs is one of the largest and most comprehensive of any single photographer. His New York photography archive includes photos of the city's most famous architecture and landmarks. Andrew's photography has been exhibited at the Museum of the City of New York and his New York City skylines, cityscapes, landscapes, and architectural photos are included in private and corporate art collections throughout the United States and Europe. In addition to his photos of New York, Andrew also has an extensive archive of Washington DC photos.

Tips for shooting food!

Usually I used flower icon to zoom in and make the photo looks better and clear. I don’t use flash if the lighting is bright or just fine. I love to take picture especially in colourful and nice shape, good wheatear and in great mood. I have found some tips how to get a good shooting from Internet, book, and people (my professional photographer friend). Enjoy your shooting! =)
1-Use colored dishes
Most non-professional art directors overlook using colored plates, service trays, glasses, etc. Color dishes do two things for you: add color to your scene and add contrast to food presentation. Imagine a black plate with a tomato and a leaf of lettuce on it. Much better than a white plate with the same items. Warning: Only do this if the colors of the dishes match (all glasses same color, all plates same color, etc.) If it looks like you picked up a hodgepodge of colored dishes at the local thrift store, it will ruin the film illusion.
2- Soft lighting makes food look good
The general rule in shooting food is that soft light makes food look good to eat, hard lighting makes it look like poison. A large, soft light source above and behind the food will take care of a majority of the food lighting. It will pop the colours and make the food look appetizing. Then you can use a small key, fill, and spot lights to call out particular dishes or food items. Hard light creates harsh shadows, which makes food look blacker/rotten. Food lighting is exactly like lighting people -- think of your desired effect.
3- Consider using food doubles
If the food shoot is going to be very long and the food needs to look perfect, you can use fake food for the long shots and the real perfect food for the close ups.
4-Separate food layers
When shooting a multi-layer food item like a hamburger, separate the layers. For example, place a solid circle (cut from cardboard or a polystyrene disposable plate) between the burger patty and the bun. This will keep the burger from sinking into the bun. Likewise, some wax paper between the tomato slice and the top of the bun will keep the bun dry.

Tips for shooting architecture
1. Set you camera's sharpness to "Hard", (or whatever its strongest sharpness setting is), if you are shooting in high-resolution jpg OR if shooting in RAW makes stronger that normal sharpness adjustment at the end of processing.
2. Don't be put off shooting during the middle of the day as you can get some great high contrast and shadow effects and many of the resulting images can make good B&Ws.
3- you may want to get up very early... often early morning has very nice light for buildings.
4 - another option is shooting at dusk, at the time when light inside and outside is perfectly balanced. This is especially useful for less charismatic buildings. Bring tripod, as light will be low.
5 - try to get a figure in the picture every now and then, it can give a sense of scale, and/or show the use of the building.
6- learns about perspective correction in photoshop.
7 - use a lens with zero distortion. Straight lines that become curved is something you don't want with architecture pictures... (but this is usually more of a problem with interiors and slightly less with exteriors.)

Tips for shooting skylines
1. Long Exposures are the Secret

2. At night time, with much less light available, the aperture needs to remain open a much longer time period (from 1/2 to 30 seconds) to accumulate the amount of light needed for a good photograph. The night time photography tip summary is:

Slow shutter speed =
Aperture remaining open longer =
Long Exposure
3. Ideal Night Time Scenario
· The sky is clear with at least a 3/4 moon
· Temperature is between 45 - 80 degrees, and the weather is calm
· You can position the camera the perfect distance from your subject
· Your camera is on the tripod and ready for the shot
· With the small flashlight you always have in your camera bag, switch the camera mode to the equivalent of "Night Scene" mode
· Set the focus to "Manual," and set it to infinity.
· You trip the shutter with a remote shutter release or self-timer


For my exam unit, I chose to take photos of measurement, texture, and colour celebration photography. I am very interested in measurement, colour and texture photography because I like something with the sense of humour. Our life would be bored without colourful world.

In this unit, I would like show how important the colour and texture into our life and how much it gives us inspiration and stunning mind from the photography. I am going to do research about my photographer’s link and some others tips, which might be able to give me inspiration and some help in photography.

I am going to do shooting in most every place that I will go. Usually I bring my camera everywhere and everyday I go. I am planning to do shooting in Swansea town, Central London, Botanical Park and beach near by my house.

I don’t really use much props because I don’t needs to do so. I just bring camera as usual.

Hopefully, my photography work will inspire people and make people feel more appreciated the colour and texture around us! =)

Nur Najihah Muhaimin