Tara O'Brady runs the beautiful and well-respected blog Seven Spoons. Her work has been nominated for countless awards, and I, for one, am endlessly inspired each time I visit her blog. Tara doesn't have formal training, although she comes from a fine arts background, but her love of the art came from experimenting and telling stories on her own website. Her food photos are straightforward, true, and unfussy, yet completely mouthwatering. We appreciate any opportunity to learn more about food photography and we were thrilled when she agreed to chat with us about her art. Tara provided us with valuable tips and tricks, and we're sharing them with you!
YumSugar: What are your favorite types of food to photograph and why?
Find out Tara's answer and get all of her food photography tips when you keep reading.
We hope you are because we can't wait to drool over all of your delicious pictures. We love using Instagram to post about all of the delicious parts of our lives but also to see what tasty happenings are going on in the food community. We are such big fans of GeekSugar's Instagram challenge that we decided to do one ourselves.
Here are the rules: upload a great food-related picture on Instagram with a caption and use the hashtag #savorysight, and we'll select our favorite photos from each week and feature them here. Simple, right? If you don't use Instagram, you can always upload your food pictures and recipes into our Savory Sights community group.
Don't forget to follow us on Instagram (username: heyyumsugar). We can't wait to see what you're eating!
This past year our readers submitted so many mouthwatering food photos. We couldn't help but crave each and every dish (even the escargots!) as we assembled this slideshow. Thank goodness for how ready and willing you are to take pictures of what you cook and eat. Click through to take a look at 2011 in food photos.
Domino's has succeeded in making its pizza more authentic, and now it hopes to do the same with its advertising imagery. In its latest campaign, the pizza chain pledges not to alter its pizza in TV and print ads, encouraging customers to upload their photos instead. With the help of agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky, Domino's has just released a video. Titled "Pulling the Cheese," the clip gives the public a glimpse into the amount of exacting effort that goes into a tabletop video shoot.
Exactly what is involved? We're talking pizza makers, key grips, hand models, and food stylists toting tweezers, blow torches, drills, and electric knives. The takeaway quote comes courtesy of a key grip, who puts it this way: "Everything is focused in around this tabletop, and when you look at it from across the stage, it's this glowing other world."
See the extremely intense cheese pull in action after the jump.
We'd love to get even more healthy meal and snack ideas from you in our community groups, and mobile blogging is going to make it so much easier to do! With this feature, you can contribute posts to your groups directly from your cell phone. All you need is a mobile phone with email capabilities to create posts with text and photos from your cell, anytime and anywhere!
Cooked a yummy healthy meal? Share it in our Healthy Recipe group. Snacked on something nutritious and delicious on your lunch break? Snap a pic of it with your phone and share it in our Snack Attack group. After joining the group, all you have to do is email the post to the group from your phone. For the Healthy Recipe group, direct your emails to: email@example.com, and for our Snack Attack group, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Some other helpful pointers:
- The title of the post is the subject of your email.
- To include an image or text in a post, simply include that in the email you send.
To activate your account to post by email and for more detailed instructions, head over to the GeekSugar Community for step-by-step instructions on how to get started! Can't wait to see what you all eat!
Source: Flickr User Marshall Astor - Food Pornographer
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