Announcing… 30 Days to Better Food Photos – 2014 Edition

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We are ready… with the 2014 edition of 30 Days to Better Food Photos.

Are you up for the challenge?

The 2014 Edition of 30 Days to Better Food Photos

Starting Monday August 4th, for next 30 days, participants will receive one lesson everyday and an assignment.

This course will teach you:

  • How to Compose a Food Photo To Attract Audience Attention even if you nothing about food photography
  • How to Create Your Food Story in Your Photograph from scratch
  • How to Use Props to Achieve What you Want even if you don’t know what props to use
  • How to Prepare for a Food Photo Shoot even if you never been on a professional photo shoots
  • How to Continue Learning even if you’ve been taking food photos for long time
  • How to start on the food styling journey step by step

These lessons will be short. The assignments will be detailed. The goal of this course is to DO - Take action and DO the work.

The intent is not to overload you with information but drive you to take action.

These lessons will be low on words and not prescriptive. I don’t want you take a photo as I like to take. I want you to develop your own style. I won’t tell you to frame a photo a certain way. I’ll show you and tell you what’s possible. Use that and make your OWN photo.

Are you ready to this? Are you up for the challenge?

How To Participate

This edition is different from all previous editions in many ways.

First, 2014 edition will be an email-only course. Unlike previous editions 30DBFP will be available only for those who really want it. The lessons will not be posted on LFP like we’ve done before.

Click below to sign up. You will be taken to signup page.

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The enrollment is open for only 5 days. Course closes on Aug 1st. Once it ends you won’t be able to join this challenge.

Once again: Click below to start the course.

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Can’t Participate Everyday?

I strongly recommend that you participate in this course the way we have designed it. If improving food photography is your priority, stop here and participate in the 30 Day challenge the way we have designed it.

Here’s how to do that:

  1. Stop watching Game of Thrones or those horrible Saas-Bahu serials if they are popular where you live or whatever is on the TV these days
  2. Stay an hour late or wake up an hour early. Find one hour by NOT doing things that are not your priority

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Now, if you just cannot – meaning if you travel a lot or have a baby or something you just can’t avoid – in that case and only in that case do this:

Step 1: Register for the Course

Step 2: Start receiving emails

Step 3: Do the Assignments at your own pace

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Special Note: IF You’ve Completed 2013 Challenge

If you’ve completed the 2013 Challenge, you’ll find the difference in the way this program is structured. The lessons are very similar to 2013 edition. I received a lot of requests for private photo critiques from many of you and we’ve added that as an option this year. There were also lot of follow up questions from many of you. That has been added this year for those interested.

Frequently Asked Questions

I don’t have a DSLR can I participate?

Yes, the lessons are designed in a way that both DSLR camera owners and non-DSLR camera can get the most from this course.

I can’t participate everyday, can I join?

Yes, read “Can’t Participate Everyday” section above.

Will you post lessons on this blog?

Lessons will be available only by signing up for email. We will be sending these lessons to those who have signed up for the course. Blog readers will not get emails from me unless they’ve registered for this course. To register Click to Start

 

 

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DMBLGiT becomes part of LFP

We have a great news and we are excited! Here’s the summary…

DMBLGiT is becoming part of LFP. LFP will begin administering and managing this event soon. The format of the contest will remain same to begin with and we will reach out to experienced organizers for their feedback on improving it. Lot more to come.

Now here are the details.

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How To Photograph Rustic Cake

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Take a look at this photo. What do you feel when you look at this photo?

This photo does not have many props. This simple and minimalist photo still evokes emotions. Don’t you think?

Using rustic props and distraction free background, Kristin has created a photo with amazing impact.

In today’s post, Kristin Rosenau shares with us how she shot this photo, what decisions she took and how all of these elements were selected to tell the story.  [Read more...]

5 Senses of Food Photography, Workshop Videos and Wrap Up

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Did you attend this three day food photography workshop organized by CreativeLive? Diane and Todd shared amazing number of insights in this workshop.

We learned everything from styling boring food like chilli/curry to photographing in restaurant. They shared with us how to use light for better food photos.

In this post, we share some lessons we learned from this workshop. [Read more...]

FREE 3-Day Food Photography Workshop !! Once Again


Food Photography Workshop CreativeLive

Upcoming Food Photography Workshop

Do you want to attend a FREE 3-Day Workshop and learn about telling food stories with your camera? Do you want to learn how to capture food stories on location? In a restaurant? Do you want to learn about business of food photography?

If you said Yes to any one of these, we’ve got a great new for you.

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How I Photographed Chicken

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Chicken is pretty dull. Brown and boring. So how would photograph it?

How would you tell your story? Have you thought about it?

In this post Beatrix Horváth-Gallai shares how the above photo of chicken was shot. As you learn from Beatrix, keep this photo in mind and ask questions if they don’t answered in the post below.

Let’s get started.  [Read more...]

LFP Bestseller List: Food Photography Books

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One of the most common questions we get from readers is what are the best food photography books out there? Until two years ago, there weren’t many food photography books in the market. But this past year or two, there have been about 12 or so new food photography and styling books (including a dummies book!!!!!).

In this post, we share bestseller food photography books based on what we learned from LearnFoodPhotography.com readers.  [Read more...]

Photo Critique Request – Oatmeal Cinnamon Apple Flax

Oatmeal Photograph

Oatmeal are tough to shoot. They are brown and boring. And did I tell you they are tough to shoot?

Today’s food photo feedback request came from Stephanie.

What would you do differently?

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How Would You Spend $1000 to Improve Your Photography?

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A student asked this question at our discussion,

I have a budget of $1000, how should I spend it to improve my photography?

This student already has a camera with kit lens and a 55-300 lens.

It’s a good question. It’s about priorities and understanding what area of your photography would you like to grow?

The answer to this question is different for everyone and only you can find out the answer.

So, if you had $1000 to spend, how would you spend it?

Would you buy a camera? Or a lens? Or a tripod? Or a software? Or Books?

Here’s what I would do

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Please Accept Our Apologies

I didn’t think this would happen to us.

After all we were using best in class software. But it did.

Few days back we were hit by what seemed to be some unusually flattering comments on our blog. Take a look at this one below:

You’re so interesting! I don’t believe I have read a single thing like this before. So great to find someone with unique thoughts on this issue. Really.. thank you for starting this up. This site is something that is required on the web, someone with a bit of originality!

This on a post that talks about photographing dessert. Wow! What can I say?

Well turns out this was left by someone called Insurance. Clearly this comment was not genuine. Neither were thousands of them that were left just in matter of hours. Yes! All of them going leaps and bounds to flatter us. Yup. We got SPAM bombed.

Thousands of comments linking to all sorts of websites and youtube videos. These were everywhere, including posts that were old, like 3 years old.

As a result many of you reached out and shared that you were seeing our website spammed.

We apologize for this interruption and chaos.

So Here’s What We Have Done

  1. Effective immediately, we’ve installed one safeguard that should drastically reduce the spam. You could try that by telling us what you think about it by leaving a comment below.
  2. We are debating internally to move to an entirely new commenting system. Perhaps Disqus or Facebook Comments. This should help us eliminate spam to a large extent.

Where We Need Your Help

As we decide between the commenting system and change in handling comments, we would like to know your feedback. Have you used Disqus before on other blogs? How has your experience been? Do you use this on your own blog? Let us know in the comments below.

Have you had a spam bomb on your blog? How did you handle that?