After years of shooting in natural light, I’ve finally taken the plunge. Last week, I bought a flash light, a wireless flash trigger, a mounting bracket and some batteries. I’m repurposing an old, unused soft box. I’m bringing a light stand (also old). But I’m bringing a new attitude. I feel ready.
In this post I am sharing my first impressions and 9 lessons I learnt in the first few hours of working with artificial light.
If you are in the earlier stages of your photographic journey, it’s possible that you are still struggling to find your style/preference. Your ideas are likely dictated by popular trends and/or your favourite photographers. That’s okay. You may be having a hard time figuring out what kind of editing style would work best for your project or subject. That’s okay too. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to get you started. By no means are these going to give you all the answers you need, but at least this exercise will give you a set of goals to which you can align your editing process.
I like to think of Gestalt principles of visual perception as conclusions based on collective understanding of how we humans perceive things around us. That’s why I don’t treat them as “rules” to be enforced in image compositions but more like tools to help me choose my subjects and what features/attributes I give them while styling and how I arrange them. As I understand more and practice their application in my work, Gestalt principles begin to make more sense and feel more natural. In this post, I’ll only be looking into how we could use the principle of similarity to strengthen our food images.
The effectiveness of feedback depends partly on those who receive it – how open and willing they are to participate in the process. As a feedback seeker you can do your part to optimize the process and make it a powerful tool for growth and progress – no matter how you define it. Here are some thoughts and tips to help you get the best out of your feedback sessions
Feedback is a mirror. In an ideal case, it is a distortion-free mirror that can show you exactly where you are in your journey(craft). It does not label or judge anything as good or bad. It only sees where you are, and maybe point out the possible pitfalls in your journey. It can also offer a reality-check on what you are doing and what you “think” you are doing. And in competent hands, this process can be extremely helpful. It helps you get fresh new ideas. It helps you grow.
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The goal of every feedback session must be growth. The tone of every session must be empathy. A well-rounded feedback session should neither leave the individual dispirited, nor completely content with their lot. It should set them up for a period of analysis and action. It should open the person’s mind to “possibilities” and combinations they hadn’t been able to see previously. Here I share some tips for feedback providers on how to give effective feedback on creative work
Easy ways to ideate and plan for your next food photo. Mood boarding and planning is key to create consistent, high quality images. Here are 7 easy steps you can follow to get you from ideation to presentation
Art comes from life. Absorbing from my own daily life and from my environment has always helped me get inspired and spawn new ideas for my photographs. In this post, I’d love to share with you, some ways to live a creativity-enhancing life. I’ll try to keep this post updated as I continue to live and learn. I’d be happy if this is useful to you as well.
In the beginning, one of the best things I did was to participate in several excellent Instagram photography challenges hosted by well-established professional food photographers. And while I did so, I learnt both the useful and the not so useful reasons and ways to participate. Here is why you should participate in challenges: