Thursday, October 29, 2009


Here's my gingerbread miniature. I was having some issue with the cookie light set.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Here is an invite for the Ed Kashi vip reception for photographers. Any student is welcome to attend and also to stay for the lecture for free. Please rsvp if you plan to attend.

Wednesday, November 4
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Longboat Key Center for the Arts
& Ringling College of Art and Design
Invite you to a private reception for
photojournalist Ed Kashi
And to experience his exhibition
“Aging in America”
This exhibition of black and white photographs taken by renowned photographer Ed Kashi, explores the human condition and challenges our attitudes about aging.
We also extend an invitation for you attend Ed’s lecture following the private reception.

Please RSVP to
941 383 2345 or by email
Longboat Key Center for the Arts 6860 Longboat Drive South
Longboat Key, Fl 34228

Saturday Lab Hours


Starting this Saturday, October 24th the PDI facilities will be open from noon till 6:00 PM. Monitors will be here to open the computer labs and studios.

Remember, there is no checking out or returning of equipment on Saturday. If you plan to checkout equipment it must be done so by 4:00 PM on Friday. Equipment can be returned after 4:00 PM on Sundays.

Please take advantage of this time to make even more and better images.

Ken Strothman

Perfume Photography with a Twist


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Artist I saw

Photojournalism stuff. Not my thing but some great photos.

Final Portfolio Idea

Ok, so one idea I've had for the series for our final portfolio is: I walk around looking for photos a lot and I recently decided to try to take interesting photos of trash. It's everywhere and ugly. But it is someone's disposable art (sometimes not meant to be I guess) but anyway I'm thinking of using photos I make of trash and printing them out and incorporating them into portraits in the studio of figures that relate to the trash. Maybe a similar gesture. Also Joseph and I spoke about bringing in the trash and photographing in the studio then bringing in models and photographing them and splitting the images half figure half trash. Also another avenue is using a projector to relate the trash projected in/around the figure. The last possibility that I've been thinking about with this is after photographing the trash, printing it out and making props/clothing for the model or actually buying the product/or using the actual trash with the model as clothing.

Whew! Thats long. Thanks for reading and hope this sparks some conversation.


PS These aren't necessarily the photos I would use, but give a general idea of where my mind is at.

Monday, October 19, 2009

October 22nd at the Studio@620- 7:30pm-9:30pm

Morean Arts Center

Advanced screenings of Art21:Art in the Twenty-First Century
October 22nd at the Studio@620- 7:30pm-9:30pm
Free and open to the public
The Morean Arts Center and The Studio@620 in partnership with Art21, Inc. will host advanced screenings of Art:21-Art in the Twenty-First Century, the only prime time national television show focused exclusively on contemporary art. The themes for the four episodes include compassion, transformation, fantasy and systems.
After each screening there will be a panel discussion moderated by JoEllen Schilke, host of WMNF's Art in Your Ear program, with local artists in discussion of each screening's themes.
This event is part of Art21 Access '09, a celebration of contemporary art and Season 5 of Art:21-Art in the Twenty-First Century sponsored by Art21. Art21 Access 09 is held at over 300 museums, schools, libraries, art spaces, and community centers and is organized in collaboration with Americans for the Arts' National Arts and Humanities Month. Visit for more information.

Oct 20th

Bring a shine metal or translucent glass object to class.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

Oct 15

Have your portfolios ready to turn in at the start of class. Don't forget to place your digital files on the webshare and on the midterm blog.

You will have the entire class period to take the exam.

Good Luck.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

too much?

I thought this was interesting. Doesn't have much to do with studio lighting, but maybe it will encourage people to rethink how much they photoshop their images.
read the article about the photo

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Food photography tips


Glycerin and Seafood

Glycerin, along with various sizes of artist’s paintbrushes (to make seafood look like it was just caught that morning) and a misting bottle (to spritz lettuce salads, giving them that just-picked-and-rinsed look).

DOF is helpful

"Depth of field is an essential point when taking food photos. Often, a nice blur will make the actual emphasis of your shot stand out."
I found this website very helpful.


Dirty Photography Secrets

Soaking mushrooms in bleach to make them look white.

Couple of Food Tricks

Hairspray can be used to give a little more life to fruits.

Shoe polish can help make meat look fresher.

Food Tip

A lighter can be used to heat up a small, stiff metal wire to burn steak and make grill marks on it.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Food Secrets

* That luscious-looking roasted turkey has been washed in dish washing detergent, cooked briefly, painted with ten coats of food colouring, and blowtorched (to give it that lovely roasted look!)

* Those natural-looking bunches of grapes are sprayed with baby powder deodorant.

* The molded cream pudding is hard as a rock, because it contains ten times the amount of gelatin than a regular pudding would.

* The ice you see in that frosty beverage is most likely acrylic "ice," that refracts light better than real ice and doesn't melt.
* The rich-looking syrup being poured over pancakes? Motor oil works well here.

* Like that milkshake? It's a combination of food colouring, and whipped shortening!

* That great looking bowl of cereal on the cover of your cereal box is actually cereal and white glue, instead of milk, to prevent the cereal from getting soggy.

* Those veggies that look as if if they were just picked and dew-covered? Mix glycerine into a spray bottle with water and the drops will stay on for about 15 minutes. (Glycerin can be used to give any food a juicy, glistening appearance.)

* Want your Barbecued ribs to look mouth-watering? Half-cook the ribs, paint with wood stain and BBQ sauce.

* Those french fries in a carton? Each one has been individually selected, from hundreds of fries, and secured to a styrofoam base inside the package so that they stand up straight and fan out nicely.

* Hamburger? Do the following...
o Try frying the hamburger for 20 seconds on each side using red-hot skewers pressed against the meat to give it that "grilled" look
o Painting the hamburger with food colouring to give it that plump, brown, juicy appearance.
o Picking the best out of hundreds of hamburger buns (strategically gluing on extra sesame seeds if necessary)
o Lining the buns with cardboard so that they don't get soggy
o Snipping and spreading the burger from behind so that it looks bigger in the bun
o Selecting only the most perfect condiments and securing them in place with toothpicks
o Securing the top of the bun to the hamburger with toothpicks

White Glue

Use white glue in substitution for milk, as real milk makes cereal too soggy to photograph.(example above)

Pure Lemon Extract & Blue Sticky Stuff

"Ya know that blue ink that the manufacturer prints on most bottles, usually indicating the lot number (I think)? There is only one thing that will take that type off. Not bestine, not rubbing alcohol, not Goo-off, only pure lemon extract. You can find it at any old grocery store."

Fun*Tac – Basically, this stuff is like clay, only it doesn’t leave a residue on a surface once it’s removed. We use it for making things stick to each other. In food photography, Fun Tac keeps the fork where you want it instead of sliding down the plate where gravity says it should be. There are a million uses for this stuff. In the studio, it has a nickname, “Blue shit”, as in, “where’s the blue shit”. Everyone knows what you mean."

Oct 6

Studio Day with Food Photography.

You will also be permitted to work on your midterm portfolio (this places the responsibility of shooting food outside of class).

Post on the blog your found food trick and supporting image (this is part of your grade).

Upload your selected portraits (minimum 4) to Picasa and e-mail me the embedded code.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Food photography tricks


Brush shellfish and pasta with olive oil, to add more color and a "palatable sheen".

Saturday, October 3, 2009

What's Next: Undergraduate Juried Exhibition

"What's Next: Undergraduate Juried Exhibition" (Posted: 8/11/09) -- Bradley University Galleries in Peoria, Illinois announces a call to artists for an exhibition to be held January 4 - 29, 2010. Three top place awards totaling over $1000. Juror: Richard Holland, Bad at Sports art review podcast. All artists must be enrolled in an undergraduate art program at the time of entry, and all artwork submitted must have been completed within the last two years. All forms of creative expression are encouraged. $25 for up to three entries, and $5 per each additional entry. Deadline: October 30, 2009. For prospectus, visit or send a SASE to: Bradley University Galleries, 1501 W Bradley Avenue, Peoria, IL 61625. Questions? Contact Elizabeth Kauffman, Gallery Director at or call (309) 677-2989.

30th Annual College Photography Contest

DEADLINE NOVEMBER 23, 2009 - $4000 in Awards

30th Annual College Photography Contest

Online Event - Contests, Juried Art Shows - Photography Art Gallery

30th Annual College Photography Contest, sponsored by Photographer's Forum Magazine and Nikon. 1st Prize: $2,000 & Nikon D90 camera. 2nd Place: $1,000 & camera. Cash for 3rd - 4th Place. Open to high school & college students worldwide. Winners, Honorable Mention and Finalists all published in the book Best of College Photography 2010. Enter prints, slides, or online. Early deadline 10/19/09. Final deadline 11/23/09. More info: please visit the website or contact Julie Simpson.


Visual Acoustics

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Food Photography

Here are some funny tips for food styling:
Click me!

This article talks about using Glycerin and paint brushes to make food glossy, wet and fresh looking. Also, they mention using soaked cotton balls cooked in the microwave along with dry ice to give off steam.

Hope this helps some.

Food Photography Tips


This link covers a broad range of information about food photography and different techniques. In particular, I found it was useful to read about how to emphasize texture by scraping the light down the food. It talks about how moving your food even 1/2 an inch makes a huge difference.