Fun Friday

Fun food photos by Laser Bread:

crumpled paper food by Laser Bread

crumpled paper food by Laser Bread

banana by Laser Bread

banana by Laser Bread

how to fry an egg by Laser Bread

how to fry an egg by Laser Bread

Food news and links from around the ‘net

First, I’ve been listed on this site since Feb. 10th but kept forgetting to post about it:
Alltop. Bribes work.

Top Chef finale – it’s really hard to watch the person you’re cheering for shoot themselves in the foot. Grrr.

The U.S. Food Network is looking for 2-person Boston teams to compete in a new food reality show à la The Amazing Race.

Gordon Ramsay’s mini-me to appear on Hell’s Kitchen and the F-Word. (link contains the Little Gordon commercials if you haven’t seen them yet.)

Business Week on raw Camembert cheese war in France
(And makes me think of the farmer in Ontario and his legal court cases for selling raw milk.)

Top ten chefs of Ancient China (brings a whole new meaning to Top Chef)

Global craving crazes – Chinese food in India, Worcestershire sauce in Shanghai

Understanding deadly food allergies – how to avoid killing someone with your food

Is out-of-focus food photography a fad?

And now I can delete all those bookmarks I’ve saved. 🙂

Food photos and copyrights

This is an issue that won’t go away anytime soon.

Bee from Rasa Malaysia has been posting a lot about it lately, mostly because along with the usual bloggers stealing images, media outlets, e-commerce sites, chefs and restaurants have also been stealing her photos to use in promotion of their own food.

An open letter to those who steal

Chef Al Rosas likes to steal bloggers’ photos and sends back a rather insulting reply

The really stupid thing is, in cases where a media outlet or even maybe another blog wants to use a photo, if they ask permission I bet the majority of bloggers would allow one-time usage with little or even no payment.

I have been adding the blog address on all my photos, even though mine aren’t as nice as Bee’s pictures. Now I’m wondering if I should also be adding that © symbol as well, especially for some of my better photos.

Adobe Lightroom Tutorial

Here’s a link to a decent tutorial about how you can use Adobe Lightroom to salvage dimly lit food photos. My warning is to be careful that you don’t add too much light, as that could wash everything out. Balance is key.

My first food photo

My photography post from a couple of days ago made me remember that I haven’t talked at all about the photo banner at the top of my web page. Other than the occasional birthday cake photo, this picture of sushi was my first attempt at food styling and was taken about six or seven years ago on my very first digital point and shoot camera. Horrible, I know. But it has sentimental value to me.

Along with being my first food photo, it was also my first attempt at making california rolls. By the time I had finished with the rolling (and eating), it was starting to get dark outside. I stuck white rice on a white plate, and put the plate on a piece ofwhite cardboard (and probably completely screwed up the white balance as a result). I took a bunch of shots with my flash, but they all looked ghastly white or oddly yellow. I tried playing around with the flash and various scene settings. I think I even tried doing some primitive lighting technique with a handy lamp. None of those worked very well, and the best shot out of all of them happened when the flash was turned off. It’s too dark and the colours are a bit off. Still, I think I didn’t do too badly considering that I had never done this kind of photography before and at that point had never heard of apeture or white balance.