Tandoori Chicken with Green Beans

Continuing my work to improve my food photography, I bring you Tandoori Chicken with Green Beans.

This was shot while my sister and I were cooking (I was cooking stove top Ziti alongside) with my 5D Mk II and 50mm F1.8 II at F4. I brightened it in photoshop and added two soft light gradients.

It made me think about the caption of this picture a lot. We’re Indian (partially) living in America. American culture has changed fairly rapidly since I was growing up. The place that was so central to the American family used to be the living room. Then the internet changed all that.

These days, I feel it’s the kitchen. It’s basically the family meeting room. It somehow or another brings us all together. We get food here, we cook together here and lots more. It’s the central hub of lots of happenings. The kitchen is family.

Tandoori Chicken



Tandoori Chicken, originally uploaded by ChrisGampat.

Continuing my work to improve my food photography, I bring you Tandoori Chicken.

This was shot while my sister and I were cooking (I was cooking stove top Ziti alongside) with my 5D Mk II and 50mm F1.8 II at F4. Little to no work was done in photoshop.

Just think about how much we take this for granted these days. We literally just threw the mix in there with the chicken after we cleaned it. But seriously, getting that recipe possibly took thousands of years of work. Someone had to try it first and realized it was terrible so they went back to the drawing board to improve it. Then someone else said that they can make it better. And the process continued. It’s taken thousands and thousands of years of traditional recipes and modifying those traditional recipes to bring it to this point.

And it’s all in just a little packet that you can pick up in Jackson Heights, Queens.

Amazing, huh?

Mac and Cheese in Tostitos Scoopers

I’m working on my food photography skills. As you can see, I need plenty of work.

This was done with my Canon 5D Mk II, 24-105mm F4 L IS lens, and my 430 EX II with Gary Fong Lightsphere on it.

I used natural lights from the kitchen windows, ceiling lights and my flash. Afterwards I processed it in photoshop for colors and soft lighting filters adjusted to specific angles.

Oh, and before I forget: this is Macaroni and Cheese with Basil, Garlic Powder and crushed Red Peppers in Tostitos Scoopers.

Reader Question: Tips To Help a College Newspaper Staff

Photo by Vincent Pastore

Today’s reader question comes from Nicole Balbone, another photographer I know in the NYC area that is still in college. Nicole is the photo editor of her school newspaper and wants to give some pointers to her staff: so she turns to me. I’m a former News Editor of my college newspaper and former Editorial Director (and President) of my college radio station. Hit the jump for the reader’s letter.

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Situations Where Micro Four Thirds is A Better Choice

Olympus's Micro 4/3rd's camera

As a photographer, I’ve run into many situations these days where a small good quality Micro Four Thirds camera may have been much more useful as opposed to my DSLR or my cameraphone. As readers may know, I’m a Canon 5D Mk II DSLR user that came from shooting an Olympus E-510. Olympus and Panasonic are part of the Micro Four Thirds group and they really are onto something useful for photographers that can justify the purchase of one via profits. Here are a couple of situations based on personal experience where Micro Four Thirds may have been better.

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#MusicMonday: Make Collages For The Bands

Irony of Chaos Compilation

Here’s a tip to keep bands constantly coming to you for business even in the recession: make collages for them like this. They’ll be sure to use it all over their Myspace and Facebook page or even for their future concert fliers. Plus it gets you more exposure.

Cheap Photo: 40% Off Large Prints at Bay Photo

If you’re looking to get large prints made for that wedding, model or landscape you’re shooting then consider the fact that Bay Photo has a promo code to get 40% off of large prints. By definition, large prints are 16×16 or larger. The offer only lasts until February 15th, the day after Valentine’s Day.

Great Photography Apps for Android Phones

As Android gains more momentum with the hastily updated OS and new phones like the Nexus One, it’s time to give their photography apps some attention. Lots of Apple iPhone photography apps are talked about across the photo blogs, but no one has talked much about Android. As a T-Mobile G1 user for a year now, I can tell you that photography on the Android platform is fun, social, and versatile. If you’re a photographer considering (or already owning) an Android phone, you’ll probably want to hit the jump right about now.

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The Leica M9 As The Ultimate Travel Camera

Ashwin Rao has his own testimonial of using the Leica M9 as a great travel camera vs a DSLR and many lenses. His main arugment seems to be travelling light. Otherwise though, he does make good arguments for Leica glass/image quality, build quality, etc. You can check it out at Steve Huff Photo. Steve is a great photographer himself and I really like the field reviews he does.

I’ve tested the Leica M9 myself and published a hands-on over at Photography Bay. Shooting with a Leica M9 was quite the experience as it was my first time really using a rangefinder. The build quality is amazing. I hope and aspire to buy one one day. I’ve almost bought the Leica CL many times but I simply can’t justify using film for professional work as everyone these days demands digital. And at around $600 with a nice lens, sure it’s a steal but I can’t afford a toy like that. One day maybe.

Advantages of Using a Gaming Mouse For Photo Editing

A gaming mouse should be considered by photo editors that would like something more versatile than a tablet, an Apple mouse, or a laptop’s touchpad. There are many advantages to editing your photos with a gaming mouse that include programmable buttons, adjustable DPI, adjustable weights, ergonomics, etc. I’ve been using the Logitech G5 for about two years now to do the bulk of my photo editing and there are many reasons why you should consider one as a viable alternative. More after the jump.

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DXO Mark: Nikon D90 Bests Canon 7D

According to the DXO Mark, the Nikon D90 still beats Canon’s new 7D and competing product 50D. Despite the fact that the mark is only slightly, it is still worth noting that the 7D is quite a bit more expensive than the D90. This was found while browsing the /p/ forum board on 4Chan. If you recall, I mentioned this forum as one of the best places to get your photos critiqued. If the thread is still alive when you are reading this, then you’ll probably see the flame war between Nikon and Canon fanboys alike erupting.

Edit: For what it’s worth too, the 7D is still a better video camera bar none when coupled with the right items.

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Olympus Announces New Compacts for CES 2010, Use SD Cards

Yesterday for CES 2010, Olympus announced an update to their point and shoot camera line. Amongst the updates, they now use SD cards vs the old XD cards that many photographers and users quite disliked. The cameras, due to be released in March, are aimed towards the entry-level crowd, enthusiasts, etc. This means that the Micro Four Thirds and Four Thirds crowds will have to wait just a little longer. Major specs and target audiences on the cameras after the jump.

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Sony Announces HX5V/B Premium Point and Shoot

Today, Sony announced updates to their camcorder and camera line for CES 2010. For their premium point-and-shoot line, they announced the new HX5V/B with the help of professional photographer Nigel Barker. A particularly cool feature shown off was wireless sharing with other wireless capable cameras. Another feature shown was a panoramic shooting mode using the new EXMOR sensor that is backlit and helps with low light shooting. This will help with the relatively slow lens with a maximum aperture of F3.5

More info can be found on the specific link Sony’s Website. I’ll be trying to get my hands on a test item and it seems like a product that should fly off the shelves.

Taylor Swift to Document her Tour with Sony Products

Today for CES 2010, Sony brought out Taylor where she let us know that she will be touring in Australia soon. Soon afterwards, she let the audience of journalists and web viewers know that she will be documenting it all with Sony products. Swift said that she believe her audience is really cutting edge and that it will all be done in 3D.

This was done after Sony showed off some of Jimmy Hendrix’s stuff remastered in 3D.

Panasonic Releases Slew of Cameras for Beginners, Techies

Today, Panasonic announced their new cameras aimed towards techies, enthusiasts and beginners. Those of you who read this blog and consider yourselves mid-level to entry-level users may want to take a look at these. Outstanding features include a touchscreen on one, better/improved battery life, sleek profiles and other features that will appeal to this segment of the market. Additionally, they also announced their new SDXC cards. More after the jump.

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Sites to Get Your Photos Critiqued

If you want to get your photographs critiqued, there are sites on the web to help you. Whether you are a professional, amateur, enthusiast, semi-pro, etc there are ways to find out how to improve the quality of your work. Many of them are free and great resources to help you. Here is a list of some of the best places on the web to help you get your photos critiqued.

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Eye-Fi Pro X2 Cards + Nearly Endless Storage = Awesome

Eye-Fi announced the availability of their new flagship Pro X2 8GB + WiFi SD cards designed for professionals. The card should make usage easier and faster while out there in the field blogging, shooting an event or even just uploading to Flickr. Complete with 802.11n Wifi, it should be very awesome and further speed up the workflow of many photographers. The even more awesome part is that once you fill up those 8GB (which is truthfully hard to do) the card will automatically delete photos that have been uploaded to the interwebs. For $150, this will be more than worth it for many pros shooting with D90s or 50Ds, and there are lots of them out there. Press release is after the jump; I’ll be trying to get my hands on a review item soon as Eye-Fi gear is highly recommended by me.

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