Friday, January 29, 2010

Rental photography

Interested in photography?
Do you have a friend or relative that is interested?

Digital Crown Rental is serving Kuwaiti photographers with the service of renting top notch cameras/lenses in a reasonable and affordable price

Check it out
Or contact Mohammad Aman 99862377
i got this on email from one of my friend its a first rental service of photography tool, DSLRs, lenses and studios lighting but still the most part of the website is still under-construction but i think this will be so interesting to rent some of the lenses they offer.

Friday, January 22, 2010

My Home Studio... Still Life Experience and Micro photography

My Home Studio... my photo light tent to be exact.. well to be more exact my home made photo light tent :Pp

I wanted to experience still life photography and micro photography and since i already have the equipment i need for it, its the same equipment i used  for my food photography experience.

equipment used:

1- Canon EOS 1000D "camera".
2- Canon Zoom LENS EF-S 55-250 mm 1:4-5.6 IS.
3- Slik U8000 Video/Photo Tripod.
4- Canon Remote Switch RS60 E3.
5- table.
6- electricity cords.
7- 4 desk-light from IKEA"global - florescent lamp 11w".
8- for the tent i use IKEA dirty cloths bin but it's a brand new :).

       -EQUIPMENT : as shown in the pictures above.
                        -I use AV mood.
                        - AV: Personal chose, i chose the lowest f stop there is (in the
                                  55mm-250mm lens is 4-5.6) to avoid slow shutter speed
                                  and the bluer effect at wide focal length.

                        -ISO: the lowest "100" to avoid noise if i wish to corp the photo.
                        -WB: auto to rest my mind.
                        -Drive Mood: Continuous Shooting.
                        -focusing: i use manual focusing - live view.

Most importune note/hint/tip to keep in mind:
-use a tripod.
-use a good continuous source of light.
-if you are using tripod switch OFF the stabilizer on your lens as shown in the picture below to avoid shakiness or noise if not keep it on.

***use live view - quick view mood. (how to enable it please check your camera manual or this video may help)

Edit the photos and enjoy the results:
since my main laptop is dead "must buy new one ASAP i hope" i use the flickr editing feature *link* which is great and if you have some extra money on the side i suggest you upgrade.

To achive micro photography with out a micro lens:
okay this my way of doing it i zoom in as much as i can and get my camera as near as i can than i crop it and edit it and add the filters.

My results:

link to my set check for more results

Kuwait 100 Fils Always Look At The Bright Side... My Gift To Me

Friday, January 8, 2010

Food Photography

 I have always been fascinated by the amazing food photography shoots and how the photos look so delicious, so i have decided to experiment it sometime, i have never been really able to do but one of my friends have offered me the opportunity to do so, he asked me to help him by taking some photos of his dishes that he will be serving in his restaurant so he can make a photo menu.

so i have to do some searching and asking some good friends to help.

special thanks to my special friends:
Dita blog - twitter & Pinot blog - twitter

and special thanks to Neel | LFP blog - twitter 

some of the great websites:

Food Photography - tips and hints and lesson learned:

Best tip ever was giving to me by my friend "ditut: @sakbaboy great lighting,good composition n nice styling that's the key 4 drool-worthy food pics :)."

so i have tried my best to learn how to mange and control all these factors to achieve the main goal "drool-worthy food pics".

lenses been used:
Canon EF 18mm - 55mm
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8


so whats photography with out lighting ??!

as pretty much all food photographers and food photography blogs and websites all agrees on one thing best lighting ever used for food photography is "Natural light" 

"ditut: @sakbaboy I suggest u use natural light 4 food photography. Its the best!"
"ditut :@sakbaboy Food is natural thing so it will work best with natural light :)" 

but the problem is i know is i needed some artificial lights because the photo set going to take place in the restaurant and its dark inside and there isn't much sun that comes thru the windows, so the best artificial light could be used is that have 5600k-6000k aka florescent lamps such as Lowel Ego lights more details * link *

but i didn't have time to order them online so i have to be creative and find something that would work for my situation so i went to IKEA and get 4 florescent desk lights.

the following entry is taking from this *link*

"Camera setting:

ISO: Set to the lowest possible, probably 100. The lower the ISO, the “cleaner” your image will be. Photos shot at higher ISOs have a lot of digital “noise” in them that looks like colorful static. Higher ISOs are used to increase your camera’s sensitivity to light, allowing you to shoot in darker conditions and still maintain a shutter speed that is fast enough to prevent blurry images. But since you’re using a tripod (right?!), and your food isn’t moving (right?!), it’s best to keep this setting as low as possible for the best looking images.

Flash: Keep it off. Always.

RAW or JPG: If you have a choice, shoot RAW.   RAW files record lots and lots information about each photo, which allows you to bring the most out of the image in post-processing (editing color, contrast, white balance, etc.). Be aware that you may need special software to process RAW images, however, and there’s more on that below.  If RAW isn’t an option, make sure your camera is set to the highest resolution JPG option available.

Shutter Speed and Aperture: In my opinion, shutter speed doesn’t matter so much in food photography; it’s your aperture, or f-stop, that’s most important. So important, it gets its very own section.
When shutter speed would matter is for “freezing” action, or purposeful motion blur. For example, in the photo of the pancakes, I needed a fairly fast shutter speed to “freeze” the pouring syrup. And lets say you wanted a shot that showed the motion of you tossing greens or sauteing vegetables; a slow shutter speed would be required for that. But on the whole, you’ll be more interested in apertures than shutter speeds.

Know your F-Stops

Know Your F-Stops

If you’ve ever wondered how photographers get that nice, blurry background with only one thing in focus, now you know. F-stops! The aperture of the camera is the opening that lets the light in, and you can set it to very large (the photo on the left) or very small (the photo on the right).

BokehThink of the aperture on your camera the same way as the pupil in your eye. When it’s dark out, your pupils expand to gather more light. If someone shines a light in your eye, they constrict and get very small to let less light in. Your camera’s aperture is the same. One of the side-effects is what’s called “depth of field.” When the aperture is very wide open, only a small amount of the image will be in focus, just like the photo on the left. If the aperture is very small, much more of the photo will be in focus.

Your eyes are actually the same. Ever squint to read a street sign in the distance? The smaller your pupils get, the more focus you get, so squinting to see a sign more clearly is just like “stopping down” to a smaller aperture to get more things in focus. If you’ve ever wanted to pick out a specific part of an image to draw the viewers eye, a small depth of field is one way to say, “Hey, look at THIS!”

Shallow Depth of Field

There’s no right or wrong when it comes to apertures, it’s just a matter of taste. I prefer many images that have very large apertures because I really like the dramatic focus. If you’re looking for this in your photos, too, make sure to purchase lenses that have a an aperture of 2.8 or wider (like 1.4). All the lenses I recommended above can provide this effect.
By the way, the technical term for the pretty, smooth and silky blurry parts of an image like this is called “bokeh.”" END OF QUOTING FROM THE BLOG,

this should do it for the camera part and the lighting part, now we come to the food it self and styling it and how to present it.

i won't write about it because i didn't get to this part it was the chef work to do but i recommend to go and visit this blog i find it most useful in food styling and good composition, it was been recommended to me by Neel | LFP blog - twitter .

The set:

the results:

result #1result #2

result #3