The Last Meals Of Death Row Inmates In Photographs

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Maybe it’s easy to distance ourselves from violent criminals. We see death row inmates on the tv, the newspaper, but, for the most part, we only know about them what the media is reporting. We don’t know for example, what books they’ve read or which movie is their favorite. Maybe we don’t need to know those things. Maybe it’s that no one cares. Or, maybe it’s just that no one had thought to ask.

That’s part of what makes Henry Hargreaves project so unique and curious. Hargreaves, a New Zealand photographer now living in the States, has been working on a series of photographs which depict the last meal requests of inmates whose time on death row has drawn to a close. Hargreaves says his interest was piqued after reading about measures being taken in Texas to obliterate the traditional last meal. [Read more…]

Photographer Turns Friends into Their Favorite Foods

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You know that feeling when you like some type of food so much that you start seeing it in people?

No? Me neither, but you might start after seeing this next series of photos.

In his latest project, ‘Cara-Comida’ (Face-Food), Brazilian photographer Junior Luz took food photography to another level as he turned his friends into their food of choice.

“I always looked at my friends and imagined their faces covered in food, so I decided to ask them what their favorite food is”, Junior told DIYP, and after a quick meeting with his team they worked out the logistics and began shooting.

The results are amusing, but bacon might scare you from now on.

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How Instagram Is Changing The Way Restaurants Dish Out Your Food

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If you’re one of the photographer types who like to obsess over the way your dinner is plated just to rack up a few extra “likes” on social media, you may want to thank Chili’s–who are attempting to make it easier for you to take mouthwatering photos with their new approach to marketing.

“Food is the second most photographed thing, after yourself. Selfies of people eating food is the sweet spot,” Wyman Roberts, chief executive officer of Brinker International Inc. told Bloomberg News. Brinker, which is the parent company of chain restaurants Chili’s and Maggiano’s Little Italy, has recently taken a deeper look at ways in which it can appeal to the “new school” of customers who, according to Brinker, are a forward-thinking group of consumers not to be confused with millennials. [Read more…]

How To Add Steam To Food Photography (Using Photoshop)

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Last week I did an article on how to capture steam in food photography right in camera. You can’t always have hot boiling water in every shoot or have really hot food (or frankly, sometimes it is just easier to do in post), yet there are times when you need to have steam. This is when you’ll add the steam in post production. Here is a step by step tutorial on how to add steam in photoshop.

Below, you will find two photoshop techniques for adding steam in photoshop.

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How to Perfectly Capture Steam in Food Photography


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I normally hangout at a local coffee shop editing photos because it’s easier for me to concentrate (plus free electricity and air condition… not always easy to find those in the Philippines). On my last visit I saw a person holding a cup of steaming hot coffee and thought of this article. This will be a 2 part article on getting good steam shots for coffee shots or food photography.

We will be using ‘real hot water’ rather than photoshopping the smoke…

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Photos of American States Show That Food Can Be Fun

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Children love to play with their food; parents not so much. But when your father runs a food blog, playing with food is not just allowed, it becomes a joined project.

Chris Durso, creator of Foodiggity, and his eight-year-old son Cameron set off to create all 50 states out of food in a “pun-fueled” photo series call the Foodnited States of America.

The duo has just passed the halfway point and say that the remaining states will be joining New Jerky, Arkanslaw and Swissconsin within the next few months.

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Armageddon Menus of Doomsday Preppers

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Brooklyn-based food photographer Henry Hargreaves happened to meet a producer for National Geographic’s Doomsday Preppers TV show, which depicts survivalists preparing for various end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it scenarios, gaining him access to several of the participants.

The result is a rather fascinated look at the 3 million-strong sub-culture that has developed in the United States.

Hargreaves also shows us how much can be learned about a person’s religious beliefs, lifestyles, location, health and doomsday expectations just by looking at his plate.

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Photographer Recreates Famous Paintings As Food Art In This Fun Photography Project

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Food photography is every much an art as food styling is and Russian-based artist, Tatiana Shkondina, is a master at both. In one of her recent projects, Shkondina tasked herself with recreating some of art history’s greatest hits using nothing more the contents of a refrigerator and her trusty camera. She also enlisted the help of fellow photographer, Alexander Tivanov, to pitch in with post production and her assistant, Dmitry Malutin, was also around to provide some helping hands. After looking through some of the creations, it appears the trio makes quite a team.

Not surprisingly, Shkondina has quite an impressive photography and food styling resume with a client roster that sparkles with names like Good Housekeeping, ABC Taste, Men’s Health, Tupperware, and a host of other major international companies. But, we don’t need to see a resume to understand Shkondina’s talent. Her portfolio speaks for itself.

To make the awesome images, Shkondina first comes up with the idea, typically starting with a highly recognizable painting, so she can begin sketching out her visions. She goes over a variety of combinations and possibilities while sketching, so she knows exactly what kind of foods she’ll need to reproduce the texture and colors she wants to present in the finished photographs. She then digs into her bag of food photography skills to capture the works of art. She says, depending on the complexity of the image, post production can sometimes take a few days to complete. For example, in a rendition of Andy Warhol’s “Dollar Sign“, Tivanov had to “paint in” some of the effects around the dollar signs. [Read more…]

20 Kick Ass Projects From Last Year

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It has been a year since I started writing for DIYP and it has been a wonderful experience sharing works and tutorials to the world, including getting to read comments (and the occasional troll which gives me a laugh from time to time) and for this one year anniversary post, I want to run down and make one blog about my personal and favorite tutorials.

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15 Awesome Food Photography Tips

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Of all the types of things I photograph, shooting food probably comes the closest to being a full-blown DIY project. There’s a lot going on– from lighting and composing to styling and shooting, food photography is almost always a production. But regardless of whether you are shooting food for a big publishing client or for a small cookbook of your old family recipes, the process of capturing food at its most flattering remains the same.

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