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The great thing about digital is you can see what you're getting and adjust until you get what you want. Here's my mini manual lesson: The higher the aperture number (f22) the smaller the shutter opens and lets in less light, but gives you the greatest depth of field (more things in focus from the front to the back of your subject) So if you want that, you need a longer shutter speed and sometimes so long you have to use a tripod so things are not motion blurred. Aperture f2.8, large shutter opening—more light but less depth of field (only a small area will be in focus) you can use a faster shutter speed and hand hold (60th of a sec.) given enough light. I'm getting shakier with age and don't light to hand hold for slower than 80th of a second and prefer 125 of a sec.. Good luck!
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Photo Post by Donna When shooting food, different light will give you different moods. Bright, even light—a cheery mood. Low, uneven light—a more dramatic mood. Light from the front shows less texture in your subject. Side light, creates shadows that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2009 at ruhlman.com
These days, all things are possible
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2009 on 2010 Food Photo Calendar Ready at ruhlman.com
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Sorry and thanks to those asking for the Paypal account. It is: Michael@Ruhlman.com—sorry I omitted that—I will change the post.
Toggle Commented Nov 15, 2009 on 2010 Food Photo Calendar Ready at ruhlman.com
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Photo Post by Donna The final 2010 photo calendar is complete and here are the 16 featured photos (there are 3 months with 2 photos and on the cover is the brown eggs in wooden bowl photo) and there are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2009 at ruhlman.com
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Photo Post by Donna Our house has had hundreds of cookbooks pass through and I've flipped through many of them not to browse the recipes, but to look at the photographs. One cookbook has always stood apart for me because... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2009 at ruhlman.com
Thanks Darcie—sorry about your equipment—fridges are more important. All best wishes, Donna
Toggle Commented Nov 6, 2009 on Now That's A Shallot at ruhlman.com
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Thanks Lynne, I forwarded your email to Michael. All best, Donna
Toggle Commented Nov 6, 2009 on Now That's A Shallot at ruhlman.com
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There is nothing really special or difficult when doing macro photography because it is the lens that enables you to focus when you are very close to your subject. My macro lens is over 20 years old. It's a Nikor 55mm3.5 manual focus. A standard lens, whether it be wide angle, telephoto or zoom, can only get so close to the subject and be able to focus. A photo taken like that can be cropped later, but will look different. I am certainly not someone who can recommend or talk technically about them other then to say, buy the best quality you can afford if you're serious about getting great quality images.
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2009 on Now That's A Shallot at ruhlman.com
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I was going to use the other one. . .but now I think I prefer this one and will switch. Tough call—Michael likes the other one better.
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Photo Post by Donna I thought I knew what a shallot looked like. I've always liked the photo I took below showing shallots being diced. Then, I saw the shallots Michael brought home from the farmer's market last week. They... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2009 at ruhlman.com
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Good question—I always forget how far reaching the internet is. I can't imagine it would be that much more, but I will check. Are we talking about Germany by chance?
Toggle Commented Nov 2, 2009 on Food Lover's Calendar at ruhlman.com
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Photo Post by Donna Some of you have requested photo prints of recent posts to hang in your kitchen. Making professional color prints one at a time can be costly and that's why I decided to make a calendar of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2009 at ruhlman.com
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Photo Post by Donna OK—so with a subject like this you might think, how can a photographer not make a good shot? This shot was achieved with a strong back light as well as a strong side light to create... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2009 at ruhlman.com
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I had the brine in a bowl next to where I was working to keep things hydrated. I dipped the olive on the folk and held it in front of the camera, on a tripod, and placed the orange zest (by myself) right before I shot. On Oct 20, 2009, at 5:50 PM, typepad@sixapart.com wrote:
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photo post by Donna I had fun shooting these olives—maybe because I love to eat them. They are my second favorite food after mushrooms. I got this photo first and liked it but also wanted to try and capture the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2009 at ruhlman.com
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I responded to Mike privately, but will now respond here. If you can't get yourself out of the reflection, best to wear dark clothes and keep the light off of you. I would often photograph art work under glass for artists and you have to shoot straight on. I would light evenly on both sides, placing the lights as much to the side as possible to not get a reflection off the glass. If their is daylight you need to block it out of the room so you and your camera are not lit. For close shots, the same things apply. I once saw a photog. cut a whole in a black board for which he could place his lens through so instead of getting the reflection from his shiny camera, he got a black square. Much easier then to photoshop out whatever is still there. Hope this helps. On Oct 19, 2009, at 5:19 PM, typepad@sixapart.com wrote:
Toggle Commented Oct 19, 2009 on Making An Interesting Spoon Photo at ruhlman.com
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Photo Post by Donna There are universal places we photographers love to shoot at— and one of them is the farmer's market. Edible nature in sunlight displayed to look good. I hope to go every week and will add my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2009 at ruhlman.com
Michael, you're email made me realize how easy I have it. All I have to think about is the visual while a lot of you out there are doing it all; creating & writing about food—and then also find time to click off some photos so we can see your work. On Oct 16, 2009, at 8:19 PM, typepad@sixapart.com wrote:
Toggle Commented Oct 17, 2009 on Making An Interesting Spoon Photo at ruhlman.com
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Photo Post by Donna Yes-I shot the spoon twice. Is that dedication or what? Michael didn't think this first attempt showed the angle in which he uses to scoop with, so, without rolling my eyes, I went back to it.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2009 at ruhlman.com
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Photo Post by Donna One of the things I loved about shooting for Michael Symon is that we both liked taking photos of the process of cooking, and these, a lot which ran in B&W, really show how he puts... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2009 at ruhlman.com
Natalie —I didn't see that at all, but I've observed that the eye finds roundness a pleasure in images. When I was working on a series of leaf photos —I came to the conclusion that the most successful images had something round or a series of curves in them. I think the eye travels more through an image then when there are only straight lines. On Oct 9, 2009, at 7:17 PM, typepad@sixapart.com wrote:
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Photo Post by Donna This photo of Lima beans is my favorite from last weeks farmer's market haul shoot. I too am looking forward to going tomorrow—especially if it stops raining. I'll take some there, but I really look forward... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2009 at ruhlman.com
According to Michael, there are a few app stores out there, iPhone having the largest selection, and depending on the app, yes— they are available for blackberries. On Oct 8, 2009, at 3:33 PM, typepad@sixapart.com wrote:
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Photo Post by Donna I took this photo today, but last June, Michael blogged about his Strawberry Banana Granola and these were the photos we used to illustrate how he makes it . . . The photo I took today... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2009 at ruhlman.com