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The Instagram Five by Three Experiment

Today... I posted the final photo in my 5x3 experiment on Instagram. It's an overhead shot of the Chocolate Brownie Bites that were used in the previous Chocolate Martini photo. I wanted to take a quick look back at the group as a whole, and maybe see how they would have looked if I had followed a more common 1x3 pattern. Up to this point, I had been posting in groups of three, where each photo in a series of three images were in the same category or theme style. I basically wanted to discover what switching that up would look like... and so I started posting 5 different theme styles in ... ( read more ... )

Edible Natural Blue, Residual pH Levels, and Focus Stacking

Whew. I'm tired just after writing the title! I didn't start out with any notion of writing an article about this setup, but there are a couple of cool little points of interest to talk about regarding this photo. First — what exactly are we looking at? A couple of years ago, a friend of mine taught some fun classes about painting with spices. One of the questions that came up was "is there ... ( read more ... )

Modern Mulled Mai Chai Wine... Almost

In the interest of not wanting to mislead anyone, this article is not quite a "recipe post" about how to make Modern Mulled Mai Chai Wine… not just yet anyway. It's more of a production log about the current state of the recipe application that I'm creating from the ground up, and what my current thoughts are on step-by-step recipe photos. When building an application ... ( read more ... )

National Food Celebration Day Calendar Full-Year View

Oh, you can run all the tests you want — but you never really know if something is going to work the way you planned, until you turn it on, and give it a go. The world at large sometimes has very different things planned, than what I see in my head. Now I'm not trying to get all poetic here, I'm talking about the Two-Month View, National Food Celebration Day Calendar that I added to the ... ( read more ... )

Camera Height and Angle Adjustments

In my most recent set of three Instagram photos I featured the P. S. Flavor!™ spice bottles using one of my favorite formats, the "shoebox diorama" setup. Because the camera's sensor is only about 4 times as high as the product bottle itself, tiny height and angle adjustments of the camera make a big impact on what might appear to be the same scene. While most of the photos in the P. S. ... ( read more ... )

Small Glass Beverage Lighting

I posted a series of small glass photos on Instagram recently along with some basic lighting diagrams and wanted to collect those all in one place — which would be this article! Two of these setups used strobe lighting (flash) and one made use of continuous lights (LEDs). In all cases, there is no "natural" light in any of the photos. Working in reverse order from when they were posted on ... ( read more ... )
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