If you were to type in #foodporn on Instagram 54,081,378 posts pop up. People love taking pictures of their food to especially share on social media networks such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. I am guilty of being one of these people. Many of the images we see posted on these networks are usually taken with a smartphone without much thought or planning. The foods we eat often at restaurants are presented in a creative and artistic manner that it can be difficult to resist capturing an image before it disappears into our stomaches.
I remember a few years back I was in McDonald’s on a roadtrip and the two unnamed people I was with ordered lunch. As they set it down on the table all the colors of the packaging and the food itself looked like an image I could not resist taking. I posted it on Facebook after and I swear to you I have never had so many likes on an image or comments in all my years using it. It goes to show that food images create a strong impact among viewers and invokes one’s senses.Continue reading Foodtography: Part One→
Portrait, Macro, Landscape, Cityscape, Architecture, street, Astral photography or even video/filming. We all have our specialty but we can also all use a little help to save time and help prepare our shooting sessions. This time, iLHP surfed out there to gather the best links/apps that will guide you in that quest. Of course, we recommend bookmarking this page so that you can get back to all those helpful links easily!
Catching the Best Light
These links are helpful for every photographers, from portrait to macro including landscapes or Astral photography. This will help you know exactly when to wake up at dawn or when to leave your daily job to catch the best lights and shadows, in other words, to give the best atmosphere and charisma to your photographs!
A few weeks ago we at iLHPfeatured the renowned animal photographer, Alex Cearns of Houndstooth Studio. As promised, Alex agreed to share some of her animal portrait tips with us this week.
iLHP: Hi Alex, thank you for joining us again. What inspired you to become a photography tour leader and can you tell us about your trips?
Alex: Thank you for having me! I’m a huge advocate for getting out and seeing the world. I love that most places in the world are accessible within 24 hours – you just need the time and funds to get to them. Travel has opened my eyes to the way other people live. I’m humbled to see those who have less than we have here in Australia. I think travel broadens a person’s mind, and exposes them to circumstances and situations that fire up the soul and senses. The first thing I always want to do when I get back from a trip is to go again.
Alex Cearns is one of Australia’s most awarded pet and wildlife photographers. Her Houndstooth Studio is a leader in the market of animal portrait photography. Her natural animal handling skills, remarkable images and contribution to lives of rescued animals has earned her high regard across Australia’s animal lovers. With over 50 awards to her name since 2008 (including a nomination for the 2014 Australian of the Year) she has worked tirelessly to capture and showcase the essential joy that people find in animals.
Before the cold winter months began to take effect, I promised myself I would not let my photography suffer. I had a mental checklist of all the things I wanted to photograph that I missed out on our last glacial Toronto winter. My camera bag has been packed and ready to go by the door since the extreme cold set in. Every time I make plans, I opt against it as soon as I take one step outside. I miss photographing! During the summer months I was out practically everyday with camera in hand. Now for the past several months my camera sits untouched collecting dust.
I have gone on a total of two shoots with portrait photographers in the recent past chilly months. I was anticipating learning the basics but usually leave frustrated and with an empty memory card. After my cohorts have finished setting up the lighting and adjusting their camera settings I am already overwhelmed and end up throwing in the towel before the shoot has even begun.