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Model: Bec Fordyce

Model: Bec Fordyce

When you’re first getting started in lighting, you’ll probably have the very basics, which could be a single speedlight or single monolight with no umbrella, softbox, or anything else like that. There are many, many ways to make the best of a very minimal situation as long as you’re in the right environment or you’re in the right shooting situation. And even then, you can always make things work for you if you can just think a bit differently and creatively.

This is how you make the best of a single speedlight–and this guide is designed for beginners.

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Aska - potato with juniper & whey

Pro tip: When shooting food, using natural light involves shutting any overhead or ambient light off.- Daniel Krieger

All images by Daniel Krieger. Used with permission

Photographer Daniel Krieger is a New York based photographer that creates many of the beautiful dishes that you see on Eater, the NYTimes and many more. Mr. Krieger is one of the new breed of photographers that has learned how to utilize social media to his advantage and to gain clients. His schedule is always very tight–understandably so, considering the work that he is capable of producing.

However, we had a few moments to chat with Daniel about his photography and his train of thought when photographing food.

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Person after person in forum after forum will complain about vignetting in an image. Advances in culture and marketing overall have grown to make us complain about something like this. Vignetting traditionally happened when the imaging circle from the lens wasn’t hitting the entire sensor area, It has always been corrected by stopping the lens down unless the imaging circle genuinely doesn’t cover the sensor or film plane. It was a technical problem, but at times actually happened to look good–at least in the artistic world it did and still does.

It’s time that we stop complaining about vignetting in an image. It happens, and when you use vignetting effectively it can change the entire mood of a scene or can be used as a great compositional aid. Vignetting happens around the outer edges of the scene and causes a darkening effect.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 7D MK II review product images (10 of 10)ISO 4001-25 sec at f - 4.0

“The industry and the state of technology is evolving or developing so quickly I frankly cannot guess what will be five years from now. I am not certain if you’d asked me this during January 2014 I could have predicted the state of affairs today, Dec 1, 2014, just one year later.” stated Henry Posner, Director of Corporate Communications at B&H Photo Video Pro Audio in NYC.

Indeed, technology these days moves so fast that we’re not sure anyone would be able to tell. Not many could have expected that a product from Apple introduced around five years ago would have improved to the point where many use it as their main camera every day. Nor did we think that it would spur the creation of an app that allows a new breed of photographers to make a decent living off of shooting photos for advertisers.

However, it is the job of manufacturers to have some sort of foresight into the future and be able to predict how the industry will evolve and technology will progress. But that’s a tough job–and one that is much easier said than done given the viral nature of the internet and social media.

To get an idea of how the industry may change, we talked to the representatives of many leading manufacturers. What they had to say may be quite understandable.

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Photo by Henri Cartier Bresson

Here’s a selection of  my favorite quotes by photographer Henri Cartier Bresson.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published by John Paul Caponigro. It is being republished here with permission. For even more, we recommend that you check out his newsletter, Facebook page, Twitter, Google + and these other resources including quotes, documentaries and interviews.

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Chris Gampat 20x24 Polaroid camera studios (16 of 17)

While 35mm full frame digital cameras are very much the standard amongst many professionals and enthusiasts, the format was originally created to satisfy the everyday man. Many moons ago (and some even today) professional photographers shot with large and medium format cameras. These cameras were capable of taking photos that the smaller formats weren’t able to.

Some of these cameras are still in use today by folks all across the world. Here are just a few.

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