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When I photograph food, I’m very particular about everything in the frame. The tabletop, textiles, colors, and dishes all play a role to bring a the scene together. I typically set everything up ahead of time, even before the food is cooked, so that things are ready to go well ahead of time. Once the food is […]

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For the past nine weeks I have been taking a ceramics class here in Portland, and on the last day I brought in my camera to photograph some of the other students’ work. I didn’t want to go too elaborate with the setup, so I opted to make use of the beautiful diffused window-light coming into […]

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 I want to share a simple way to apply a “texture” to a plain or seamless background. A texture is an image of almost anything that can be appropriately ghosted back adding a “texture” to the background. I use images of side walks, freeway underpasses, brick walls, sheets of paper, rusted steel, graffiti, roads, cracked […]

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Image and Post by Rick Sammon – Follow Rick Sammon on Twitter Scott’s way-cool bear photo a few posts back reminded me of this series of pictures. I could not bear it any longer, and had to share them with you. The pictures illustrates, from left to right: • Poor lighting – the poor bear’s […]

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Those who have followed me for a while or been on one of my workshops have heard me say “background, background, background.” But what is it ABOUT the background you should be looking for? Lots of things is the answer but in this post I’ll address a simple place to start – watch out for […]

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Photography is a two-dimensional pursuit happening in a three-dimensional world. When you see flat, boring, uninspiring photos, this can be just one of the causes. The photographer may not have understood the important relationship between the foreground and the background. You can use this relationship to add interest, change perspective and depth to a photo. […]

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When you are taking a photo it’s important to be aware of the foreground and background of the entire scene, and not just the main subject. This is something you hear over and over, especially when you are just starting out as a photographer, but it’s also what can make-or-break your image. In the two […]

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