Amazing Food Photography

Here are some examples of my amazing food photography!

This was the first time I had ever done food photography and I loved it! I was so much fun styling and arranging the food and trying out different lighting setups. All of these photos were taken with continuous lighting setups and a 50mm 1.8 prime lens.

This cake was so beautiful, it was hard to take a bad picture of it!

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This soup smelled even better than it looks! We had a wide variety of food to choose from to photograph.

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Here are some other awesome examples of amazing food photography!

Balance the Light

Creative ways to balance the light in photography.

Balancing the light in photography is so important. It’s what photography is all about! Here are three creative ways that I balanced the light.

This first picture was taken using a spray bottle, a continuous light, and a flash. By using this equipment and the settings on my camera, I was able to capture a really cool water effect in my photo.

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This next image was simply taken with a fast shutter speed, a spoon, a strawberry, and some sugar. A fast shutter speed allows you to freeze motion in your photograph.

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These next few images of water droplets were quite a challenge to take. See Caryn Esplin’s tip for catching the stages of a water droplet to see how I did it! Here are a few of the different stages I was able to capture.

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Fine Art Print

I have a fine art print hanging up on campus!

Last week I had one of my images printed, mounted, and framed so I could hang it in the lobby in the Spori building on campus.

Getting this image ready for printing took some time. I chose to print my scanography photo. One of the difficult things about using a well-loved scanner is that the screen was very dirty and scratched up. Because the pine cone and branches I was scanning were so small, every little piece of dust was visible in the original image.

Here is the original image.

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Using the spot healing tool in photoshop for what felt like forever, I was able to clean up the spots and scratches.

After cleaning my picture up I sharpened it, added some clarity and contrast, and warmed it up just a little bit to make the colors more vibrant. I also added a little bit more black around the edges to center it and to get rid of the tangent leaves.

Here is the final image that I printed.

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If you live in the Rexburg area, come and see it! It will be up until the end of November.

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Printed by Mckenna Pro.

Making a Fine Art Print, Or: What Photography is Really About

 

Post Production Photography Magic

I did some simple edits to three images to create post-production photography magic!

This first image was edited using three simple techniques.

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The first thing I did was added a texture to the background that I found on pexels.com. Then I made some quick edits to my model’s eyes using a quick mask and a selective color adjustment layer. Then I added some color using two color lookup tables, or LUTs.

Here is the background image I used.

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Here is the original image.

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This is the second image I edited. I took this picture while doing some light painting photography. All I did for this image was change the temperature of the image which changed the color, used the spot healing tool to remove the feet and the background lights, and then cropped the image to a more appealing size.

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Here is the original image.

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This last image was a little more challenging. I took this early in the morning when there was not a lot of light and the original image was pretty dark.

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In post-production, I lighten the shadows and the blacks to bring out the darker areas in the center of the flower. I then added a little bit more magenta to correct the color of the flower. I also found some of the spots on the pedals to be distracting so I used both the spot healing tool and the clone stamp tool to take those out.

Here is the original image. Just like magic!

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Using Adobe Photoshop to Up Your Post Production Game

On-Location Portraits

On-Location Portraits – Grand Teton National Park

On our trip to Grand Teton National Park we took the time to take some on-location portraits. Most of these portraits were taken at Schwabacher Landing. They were also taken a little bit before noon when the sun was getting high, but the light was still decent. I did not use any additional light source for any of these with the exception of the last one.

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We had a Teton brand backpack that we gave to a couple of different people dressed as hikers to pose with. It only made sense because we were at the Tetons!

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This image was taken with a Godox flash.

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Check out these tips for on-location portraits.

https://bartcepekphotography.com/portfolio-2/glamour/on-location-portraits/

Themed Portraits

Themed Portraits – Grand Teton National Park

When we were on our excursion in GTNP we had the opportunity to take some themed portraits at the Mormon Row barns. All of these images were taken in the middle of the day. Since the light was so harsh, I used a reflector to bounce the light. The reflector helped to highlight the subjects and make it so the shadows were not as harsh.

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It was such a beautiful day! Most of these images came this way out of the camera. All I did in post-production was add a little bit of clarity and contrast, and then I added a little bit of saturation on a couple of them.

Check out Cynthia Carter‘s themed portraits!

Fun Themed Portrait Ideas

 

 

Epic Portrait

Epic Portrait – Taking pictures in harsh light.

Can a Speedlight really make that much of a difference? Yes, it can! There are a couple of challenges when it comes to taking pictures outside when the sun is highest and the light is really harsh. The biggest challenge is that either your subject is properly exposed and the sky is over-exposed, or your subject is under-exposed and the sky is properly exposed. I have a few examples of how a Speedlight can fix the problem.

This is what happens when you properly expose your subject. The sky is very bright and blown out. His jacket was also a little bit reflective which did not help either.

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This is what happens when you properly expose the sky. Your subject is very dark and under-exposed.

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This is the difference a Speedlight can make when you are out in harsh light. Properly exposing your sky and then adding a Speedlight to your subject allows you to have both the sky and the subject properly exposed. You can get an epic portrait!

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Epic Portrait Photography

 

Barn Photography

Barn Photography – Barns of the Tetons

While on a photography trip to Grand Teton National Park I was able to go and photograph a couple of historic barns that are in the area. They are called the Mormon Row Barns.

This one is called the John Moulton Barn.

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I took a few images of this one up close, but I decided to walk up the road and zoom in for a couple of shots. Zooming allowed me to really capture how big the Grand Tetons are.

This one is called the T.A Moulton barn. It is just down the road from the other one. I decided to do the same thing for this picture as well. There was not as much room to zoom in on this one, but it really made a difference. This area is so beautiful and the barns are definitely a stop you should make if you ever visit the Tetons.

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On our way to GTNP from Idaho we stopped for a minute at the old General Mills Grainery in Tetonia, Idaho. A few minutes after we got there the clouds broke and the sky was absolutely breathtaking.

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Barn Photography Gallery

Grand Teton National Park

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I was able to go on a photography trip to Grand Teton National Park. I have lived on the other side of the Tetons for a few years now and they have a very special place in my heart. It was so much fun to go again and photograph some places I have never been to before.

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This image was taken at a place called Schwabacher Landing. It was a calm, clear day and the reflections in the water were incredible.

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This was our first stop of the day. This is the view of Mt. Moran from Oxbow Bend.

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Here are a few other photos from our trip. We went toward the beginning of October were fortunate enough to catch the last little bit of fall color along with the first dusting of snow. It was such a beautiful day. If you have the opportunity to visit the Grand Tetons you definitely should.

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Sky Mountain Lodge

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Sky Mountain Lodge is a beautiful cabin in Victor, Idaho. My class and I were able to spend a few days here while we were on a photography trip.

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The lodge is on the other side of the Teton Mountain Range from Jackson Hole, and it has a beautiful view of the Grand Teton. The first morning we were there the clouds parted for a few minutes and we were able to catch a glimpse of the beautiful mountains.

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These next few images were all taken around the property. Some were taken in the early morning and some were taken in the evening around sunset. Because there is not a lot of light at those times of day I bracketed the images. Bracketing is when you take three different exposures – one that is correctly exposed, one that is under-exposed, and one that is over-exposed – and then layer them on top of each other.

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The fall colors were breathtaking! It was such a fun weekend.

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