Review: Martin Parr Real Food (Photography Book)

Browse through most photo communities and what you’ll find are gorgeous images of food. Indeed, much of the trends around modern food photography involve lots of set design. What that’s resulted in is the sad truth that your big Mac from McDonalds will never look like the one in the ads you see (and that you’re eating McDonalds at all…)

That’s what Magnum photographer Martin Parr wanted to show: the fact that most of us we don’t all dine in picturesque settings and gorgeous window light–or even with the cleanest dishes!  Martin’s “Real Food” is a slap in the face to the prim and proper food photos that appeal to your inner fat kid and instead uses flash in a way to make things look very real. But this technique is used in a much less Terry Richardson manner and more akin with the same thought processes as Amy Lombard–though neither are in the same field as Martin Parr.

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Six Photo Communities For the Serious Photographer

Not every photographer can make it on Instagram; and with the new algorithm added to the news feed it’s going to be even tougher at times. One of the best ways to hack that is to find a way to reach out to the curators; which I’ll be talking about in an upcoming workshop being taught by yours truly about online marketing for photographers. You can save $30 on registration with discount code “thephoblographer”.

If you’re looking for something a bit more organic, then there are still a number of other communities that may appeal to you.

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Pei Lin Ng: Food Photography with a Beginner’s DSLR

All images by Pei Lin Ng. Used with permission.

Pei Lin Ng is a Chinese girl from Malacca City, Malaysia. At 19 years-old, she’s quite the food photographer. “I started taking photos 6 years ago, when I was 13. It’s all because my desk mate and also my best friend got a DSLR camera from her dad as her 13th birthday present.” says Pei. “She introduced Instagram to me before the time Instagram became so popular.” Surrounded by very good friends who gave her positive reinforcement, she found the motivation to always keep shooting.

Part of the reason why Pei got into food photography is because she loves baking. “My passion for baking and my love for food literally got me into food photography!” she states. Many of her images are of the yummy stuff she makes.

“To me, photography is the only way to keep the memory or to make something last long.That’s why I take photos of my food before I eat them all hahaha. I was also be inspired by some of the photographers on Instagram.”

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Report: UK Couples Favor Uncle Bob to Wedding Photographers

*sigh* it seems like Uncle Bob could be winning the wedding photography wars…

In the UK, couples are ditching wedding photographers in favor of amateurs and GoPros; at least that’s what a report from Amateur Photographer is stating. So rather than paying an experienced professional, they’re going for friends, friends of friends, relatives, and essentially crowd sourcing their wedding using hashtags on Instagram.

It’s a sign of the times; but honestly, we should have seen this coming.

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The Canon Rebel T6’s Food Mode Encourages Your Awful Restaurant Behavior


It’s a known fact that restaurant owners want folks to stop photographing their food and instead just eat the glorious work of art that they spent hours and days learning to make just perfectly for you to enjoy and to complain about the price. But it seems like Canon wants to encourage you to take your food photos–because that’s one of the biggest changes that on the new Canon Rebel T6.

It’s sort of a brand new camera. The major upgrades from the Canon Rebel T5 are:

  • An upgraded LCD screen from 460k dots to 920k dots
  • WiFi and NFC
  • DIGIC 4+ processor from DIGIC 4
  • Food mode
  • Scene intelligent auto mode

But otherwise, it’s mostly the same camera. Same 18MP APS-C sensor, same 3fps shooting, same 9 AF points, etc. The Rebel series of cameras aren’t at all bad; but they’ve seen very little true innovation since the SL1.

Tech specs are after the jump.

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Xavier D. Buendia: Careful Use of Color in Food Photography

Taste Buds

All images by Xavier D. Buendia. Used with permission.

“My name is Xavier and I’m a freelance Food & Lifestyle photographer / street photographer based in Brighton, UK.” he says in his introductory email to me. “I’m 33 and I’ve been a full time photographer for about two years now and things are just starting to happen.”

Xavier is a food and lifestyle photographer and works with restaurants, chefs, and no shortage of food. He worked for 10 years in restaurants and hotels studying to become a sommelier. Of course, he’s always had a big passion for food and wine. That vigor burned out after a while and when he turned 30, he decided to become a photographer.

You see, Xavier did it right. He worked part time at cafes and bars to support his art. But he also immersed himself in the culture that he worked to work in. When he finally got his degree in photography, he got to shooting full time.

“Now I take great pride on what I do, I try to transmit my passion on every picture I take and strongly believe that hard work and dedication pay off.”

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Charlie Naebeck: How to Make it as a Photographer


All images by Charlie Naebeck. Used with permission.

Photographer Charlie Naebeck is an artist residing in New York City. He knew from the start that the business would be all about networking, making deals and creating work that excites people. His business, Spiffy Photos, does headshots and portraits–but he’s also done commercial and editorial work. On the side though, Charlie is a street photographer.

Besides shooting though, Charlie is also a photography course instructor here in NYC. Most of all though, he’s a realist instead of being an idealist when it comes to the industry.


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On Being an Aerial Photographer

Praying Monk, Phoenix, AZ

All images by Sherry Eklund. Used with permission.

Aerial photography is an incredibly rewarding profession, but one that intimidates many photographers. While barriers to entry are higher than some other photographic niches, they are lower than you might think. If you’re considering new options for your photographic talents with the new year, here’s everything you need to decide if aerial photography is something you should truly consider.

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You Are Not a Photographer


This is a syndicated blog post from James Douglas. The text and the images are being used with permission.

Please allow me to explain the above factual statement in slightly more depth before you roll your eyes and go back to redesigning your logo which is sure to solve all of your photography business problems.

This statement has been one that I’ve said to myself over and over again throughout the years. Sometimes in the form of me doubting myself artistically, sometimes it’s because I’m acting as an art director on set, or consulting on a big time project for a large agency. There’s a reason the degree I received from University of Delaware doesn’t say “Photographer” on it… although I haven’t seen it since graduation day but I’m 97% sure that’s not on it. It says Bachelor of Fine Arts on it… FINE ARTS!!! I’m probably going to go on a bit of a rant here but it makes me sad and hurts my brain when I meet with a budding new photographer and they have never heard of Imogen Cunningham or Yousuf Karsh. It’s nearly impossible to explain how Annie Leibovitz employs Rembrandt style lighting in her work when all too often theplaid clad individual I’m sitting across from thinks that’s a brand of fucking toothpaste.  Ok rant over…

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How Shooting with My Phone Made Me a Better Photographer


It’s incredibly easy for every person that is seriously into photography to get all caught up on shutter speeds, apertures, ISOs, and stop worrying about the moment. but the truth is that all that just gets in the way of taking a good picture. While manual control can help you express your creative vision, using automatic cameras (like some of the very lo-fi options out there) and a phone have helped me over the years become a better photographer.

How is that possible, you ask? Because they helped me focus on the whole scene instead of trying to narrow in so much on just one area. On that same line of thought, they also made me just pay attention to everything in the frame so much more closely while the camera handled the exposure.

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Junkfood Queen is an Ode to Pop Art and High End Fashion


All images by Tomaas. Used with permission.

“I tend to incorporate found or ordinary objects into my story lines. The objects include things we often think of as trash. plastic, junkfood packaging, construction materials etc.” says Artist Tomaas about his Junkfood Queen project. His work is billed as hyperrealistic fashion and pop art on his Behance profile. To that end, he uses debris materials to form art that resembles high-fashion couture. “There is an element of kitsch and irony, but it is with a purpose: I like to challenge the way we perceive these objects and their functionality.”

Tomaas’s aim is to demonstrate that there is beauty and artistic potential in both artificial and natural objects. However, most folks don’t give any of this stuff a second thought besides maybe ensuring that you throw it all away into the correct receptacles.

“Some of my photography can be viewed as a contemporary, fashion/art-based version of Andy Warhol’s work, for by reproducing ordinary objects and integrating them with the human body in startling ways,” Tomaas says about his work.


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Peechaya Burroughs Still Life Images of Food at Play


All images by Peechaya Burroughs. Used with permission.

After finding photographer Peechaya Burroughs on Behance, it was hard not to fall in love with her whimsical and creative images. She studied Fine Arts, and after spending some time working for various advertising and graphic design agencies in Bangkok, she moved to Australia and undertook further studies for a Diploma of Website Production and Management at TAFE Sydney Institute.

She continued to work as a graphic designer; and perhaps that’s partially the root of how she get her ideas for her images. Peechaya says that she gets ideas from her children, and after talking to her about her work, we see how that totally makes sense.

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Beatrice Schuler: Lighting in Food Photography


All images by Béatrice Schuler. Used with permission.

Béatrice Schuler hails from Nova Scotia, Canada) fell in love with photography, lab work, and film in her teenage years. After a successful career in a different field, she rediscovered her initial passion several years ago. She tells us that she’s in love with lots of genres–street photography, landscapes, animals, food photography, etc. What she likes above all is playing with shadows and light, and “catching” moments of life.

And more importantly for some of you, she’s a lover of natural light.

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Michael Moeller: A Love Story about Food Photography

Michael Moeller, all rights reserved © 2015

All images by Michael Moeller. Used with permission.

Photographer Michael Moeller hails from Oldenburg, North Germany. He’s 53 now and a former quality control manager for an automotive supplier with Volkswagen as a customer. Michael tells us that it was a really hard job.

Then he quit, and started working with kids and tried to relearn photography. You see, Michael has been into photography since he was 10 years old, and he got back into shooting street photos and much more. But his wife wanted to start a food blog, so he took it on himself to do the photography.

In time, his photography started to become recognized, and he even won the EyeEm Mission. “Flavors of the world.” And as he tells us, food is a big passion of his.


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What Photographers Shouldn’t Do When Contacting A Photo Editor


All images by Jeff Wasserman. Used with permission.

Jeff Wasserman is the Photography and Multimedia Editor for the National Post; one of the major newspapers in Canada. He’s one of the rare editors who walks the line, by day he’s an Editor but by night he shoots stock food photography. Considering the position he’s in, he understands both sides of the editor/photographer wall quite well.

And from what he tells us, it’s all about honesty.

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Yvonne Cornell: Aesthetics in Food Photography

Gnochetti en brodo

All images by Yvonne Cornell. Used with permission.

“I’m an explorer in search of old things, slow living and good food,” says photographer Yvonne Cornell. Yvonne is behind the Following Breadcrumbs food blog, and her images are bound to get you hungry. For her, the story makes the recipe–and that’s what she loves to capture. To that end, Yvonne also says that she find inspiration in literature.

And for most of you, you’ll love to know that her favorite piece of gear is soft, natural light.

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Jeff Wasserman: Creating Delectable Stock Food Photography


All images by Jeff Wasserman. Used with permission.

Photographer Jeff Wasserman’s day job is being the Photography and Multimedia Editor for the Canadian newspaper the National Post. When he’s not sorting through the images of other photographers, he is a stock food photographer represented by Stocksy United.

Jeff started out as a commercial and wedding photographer then moved over to photojournalism where he later climbed the ladder to a desk job. The problem: Jeff missed shooting daily. “Food photography proved to be a great creative outlet for me,” Jeff says.

So it only makes sense that he combined it with his passion for cooking.

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Conor Harrigan: Growing as a Photographer


All images by Conor Harrigan. Used with permission.

If you’re not familiar with the portraiture of Conor Harrigan, then you should really take the time to get to know his work. We listed him as one of our most inspirational photographers this year, and his work continues to just get better. We interviewed him a while back, and were initially drawn to him for his incredible sense of composition when it comes to portraiture.

Conor continues to reside in NYC, and also continues to hone his craft; but it’s evolved quite a bit since the last time we met. So we wanted to chat with Conor about how he’s grown and the steps he’s taken.

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Using Light Reflectors in Food Photography

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 25mm f2 Batis review sample photos (27 of 29)ISO 4001-200 sec at f - 2.5

The image above was created for the Zeiss 25mm f2 Batis lens review by using a reflector and flash light output bounced off of said light reflector to mimic the look of window lighting. It’s a very nifty trick that is useful for food photographers when the most ideal light for food photography just isn’t available during the time of day.

And to be very honest, it’s very simple to do.

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A Wedding Photographer Photographs Families Documentary Style


All images by Katie Jane Goulah. Used with permission.

“You can’t be a fly on the wall or capture great photos from afar, you kind of have to jump into the middle of the action in a way that you wouldn’t necessarily with wedding work,” said photographer Katie Jane Goulah about her most recent project–Family Documentary photography. In fact, she continues on to state that family documentary work is much different from weddings.

Katie and her family (and the cats, you can’t forget her cats) live in New York’s Upper West Side and her work has continued to evolve since becoming a full time shooter in 2008. She’s kept up with the trends in the market here as weddings have given way to elopements and engagement sessions. I’ve known her personally for years and have always been in awe of her work. But when she started to market her Family Documentary photography business, my curiosity was piqued.

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