5 Tips to Take Better Restaurant Food Pictures

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This is a syndicated blog post from Xavier D. Buendia. It and the images here are being used with permission.

Hello, as you might know by now, I spend a good part of my time taking pictures in restaurants. I shoot interiors and exteriors, I do action shots and portraits but one of the things that I enjoy the most is shooting food and plated dishes.

Shooting food at restaurants is the most challenging part of the job and it is also what I get asked the most about by bloggers, reviewers and foodies; they tend to create incredible images when shooting in their kitchens and living rooms; but often struggle when they take it to a restaurant. There are so many things to think of and look at when shooting a dish so here are five basic tips that will help you improve your restaurant photography.

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Photographer Records Struggle with American Airlines After $20,000 in Gear Damaged

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A video is gaining traction on Reddit and across the web today that documents a photographer’s struggle with American Airlines after he says he was asked to check his gear due to size restrictions on the plane he would be flying on that day.

According to photographer Yosef Shidler, of CJ Studios, he then witnessed what no traveling photographer would ever want to see — an American Airlines employee holding one of his lenses, with the rest of his equipment strewn across the tarmac below the plane. According to Mr. Shidler, the pelican case in which he had his gear in, having apparently been incorrectly and hastily placed onto the loading conveyor belt, fell while on its way to the plane’s cargo hold, falling an estimated 7 or 8 feet – causing the case to pop open and send Shidler’s gear flying across the hard tarmac cement.

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Five Low Profile Messenger-Style Camera Bags

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 85mm f1.8 review product extras (2 of 6)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 2.8

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Many photographers love messenger bags; but they also love their gear inside quite a bit more. So when you’re going about choosing a camera bag you should choose something that is a bit less flashy. For example, logos can be big on attracting people to your bag unless they’re very subtle: so making them blend into the rest of a bag is very big. Plus also not looking generally like a camera bag is something that is important. So here are five of our favorites.

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Two Ways to Break Your Photography Gear Addiction

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It’s very true that many photographers can become addicted to photography gear–otherwise known as gear addiction syndrome. Essentially, it’s marketing and consumerism that fuels this in addition to the fact that they’re telling you that you’re not good enough. It’s possible that you may not be, but the only way to get better is to educate yourself…or is it.

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Imagination First, Gear Second.


This blog post and the images are a syndicated post from Emanuele Faja. They are being used with permission.

I am writing this essay because I am getting a feeling that photography is becoming more and more about the gear and less and less about the photographs. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about…

Also, this can apply to any discipline, not just photography.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s quite amazing when new cameras come out with never-before-seen features and they blow everybody’s mind but that’s not really what photography is about, is it?

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Review: Cub and Co Shooter Camera Bag

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Cub and Co Shooter Camera Bag product images (12 of 12)ISO 1001-400 sec at f - 3.2

Cub and Co has been around for a number of years, and while they’re not necessarily as prevalent as Tap and Dye or Holdfast Gear, part of that has to do with the fact that they’ve been slower at making products. But when a Cub and Co product comes out, you generally know that it’s very well made by hand. That’s the case with the new Cub and Co Shooter Camera bag.

You see, this isn’t’ like anything that other camera bags are–instead it’s a blend of leather, Domke, more leather, Artisan and Artist padding, more leather, and the simplicity that mostly an ONA can offer. With that said, this is in its own special category. It’s not a messenger bag, it isn’t a backpack, and it isn’t quite a sling either. Instead, it’s pretty much like a special pod that you sling around you and that makes a whole lot of sense ergonomically.

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Review: QamaySF All In One Waxed Canvas X Grid Bag

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer QamaySF All In One Waxed Canvas X Grid Bag review product images (10 of 11)ISO 2001-160 sec at f - 2.8

Arguably, the Phoblographer is the first place many folks come to when they want a camera bag: and no, we don’t get them all for free. Every now and then I get bored, surf the web and look around for camera bags; and that’s how I came across the QamaySF All In One Waxed Canvas X Grid Bag. They’re not a well known brand like your Tenba, ONA, Filson, Think Tank, etc. QamaySF is a bag manufacturer here in the US. Rather than hit them up, tell them that I run a large photography blog and use the powers I’ve created over the past six years to get a free product as a review sample, I went ahead and bought one. Why? I wanted the same experience you folks get.

So what makes this bag so special? It promises a heck of a lot. Not only do you get a camera bag that can be a shoulder bag, but it can be a backpack, hold a 15 inch laptop, hold a tripod underneath, has waxed canvas, and can hold a load of gear. Plus, it looks like nothing else really out there.

At least that’s what I thought before purchasing it. Judging from their product photos and promises it seems to make, you’d think to yourself that you’re getting the ultimate camera bag in some ways. But in other ways, it’s the ultimate let down.

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