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All images by William Rugen. Used with permission
Food photography is something all of us have dabbled in at least once but could you imagine taking a photo of every meal you had for a year? William Rugen has and in his Consumed photo series you can see a visual record of his gastronomic adventures from 2010. It’s a lovely, colorful collage of tasty morsels from the diner breakfast to a sushi lunch, late night pizza, and everything in between.
William began his Consumed photo series looking for a yearlong photo project that would require him to carry a camera with him at all times. “For me, the more I shoot, the more I see,” he quipped.
Looking to his previous work, William would often take photos of his meals and hotel room to stay in a photographic groove. It was a trick he picked up in 2008, when he was on the road taking snapshots of America after nearly 200 years of manifest destiny (otherwise known as the westward expansion of the United States) for another project called Western Dioramas.
With the idea in hand, William began carrying a Canon G11 in his pocket everywhere. “I only used the on-camera flash, usually with a rear curtain sync and used it on almost all the photos as a way to give them a bit of pop,” he explained. Click past the break to hear the rest of William’s story and seen more food pictures.
A very long time ago, I hacked a beauty dish to work with a speedlight by stuffing a Gary Fong Lightsphere into the back of it. It worked well enough–and now it seems like the idea has caught on. RoundFlash recently announced their new RoundFlash Dish–a flash modifier that connects to your speedlight and gives off light almost like a beauty dish. It seems loosely based off of their very excellent RoundFlash Ring Flash Version 2.
Inside of this unit is a mirror that bounces the light backward and into a reflective area that then spreads the light out and evenly. Plus, it has a built in diffusion dome for even softer light.
It attaches to the head of your flash via a belt system and only costs around 69 Euro. If it’s anything like what the RoundFlash Ring Flash is, we’re super excited for it.
We’re teaming up with Sigma to give away a brand new 85mm f1.4 lens in your choice of mount. Want to know how to win? Check out the super simple rules after the jump.
Samyang has a new 12mm f2.8 ED AS NCS fisheye lens and it’s the company’s widest piece of glass made for full frame cameras. The lens captures a diagonal angle of view of 180-degrees letting photographers really capture the entire scene, landscape, building, or anything that might be in front of them.
Although the lens is entire manual as with most of Samyang’s lenses, the Korean lens maker has not skimped on the glass. The 12mm f2.8 is comprised of 12 elements arranged in eight groups. This includes three low dispersion ED glass and two aspherical lens elements. The lens has also been finished with a variety of coatings including a nanocrystal anti-reflection NCS coating applied together with standard UMC coatings.
Samyang claims its new lens will work in diverse lighting conditions, and provide great focus, high contrast and natural color reproduction even with the fully open. The price and release date for the 12mm f2.8 ED AS NCS fisheye has yet to be revealed, but you can get another look at the lens and some image samples after the break.
Beleaguered Aperture users rejoice! Phase One has incorporated a migration tool for importing data from Aperture into Capture One Pro 8, the latest installment in its photo editing software. That is among a batch of new updates, including: catalogs for organizing, film grain, expanded Live View compatibility, and repair layers. There’s also a new subscription plan available alongside buying the whole program for a flat price. [click to continue…]