Posted by Shayla Simmons — 27 Aug 2014
Reviewing a food blog right before dinner spells trouble! Alas, it's hard to resist looking at such tasteful photography while your stomach weeps with pangs of hunger. While a recipe can have all the right ingredients or a description that tantalizes your taste buds, the perfect picture can certainly pique the culinary imagination.
While cooking can be challenging, it is often the greater feat to create a meal that looks good too! Food Photographers are well known for their plentiful talents and multitude of tricks and techniques to make a meal look elegant, healthy, and amazing. It's not as easy as it may seem, sometimes even requiring a food stylist too!
There are several subtle tricks to food photography, like finding the right background (textures, colors) or assembling just the right props. Lighting is also crucial and while natural light is beautiful, it may be hard to work with and unpredictable with weather variance that may not agree with your tight shooting schedule. Night comes with its own unique challenges, exacerbated by serving ware and utensils which pose reflective challenges for your flash. For many, playing around the studio, with controllable light will be the most reliable way to create consistent shots.
That food stylist can help with lighting, too, calling on some rather bizarre tricks like using motor oil to stand-in for syrup or using brown shoe polish to perfectly tone that medium well-done steak. There are so many more devious tricks out there and, of course, Photoshop provides a seemingly infinite palette of tools that all help fool our naked eye and make us eat up every last page of cookbooks and food blogs that we stumble across.
As we wandered through the millions of images submitted by our very own JPG food photographers, all we can say are that the images we found look mouth watering and we can't wait to sink our teeth into them!
Sushi Muramoto by Todd Brei
Shrimp Sushi Saturdays by
Untitled by Alik Mos
cabbage, onion and garlic with mayonnaise by Hasin Hayder
Copenhagen by Turandot
Myrtle Beach 2013 by Jeff Santos
Taco salad! by Jake Lester
Yum! by Larry Pollock
Smoked Salmon by Jennifer Donnelly
Burger Perfection by Mark So
Medium Rare by EJ
Oh my goodness.....! Is your stomach growling yet?!? It may be time to eat and what a fine time to capture your foodie delight! While you're out to dinner or making your meal, dicing up vegetables, grilling meat, or after plating the food, take out your camera and take a couple of shots before you chow down! Make sure you upload all your great shots to share! If you find other great shots that tempt your tongue as you browse through JPG, start a collection and share or just keep for your own divine inspiration!
Can't wait for your mouth watering tasty shot!!!
Posted by Shayla Simmons — 25 Aug 2014
Photo of the Week
Animal Talks at the Whale Fjord by seanie blue
Story of the Week B&W Portraits
Potter B&W by Felicia
Member of the Week Jean-François Dupuis
Portrait by Jean-François Dupuis
Posted by Shayla Simmons — 24 Aug 2014
Spin Spin Spin....What do you get? Dizzy! Carnival rides, toys, playground equipment, fans; these thing all spin. So get out and get dizzy!
Fun at night by Howard Seelig
Spinning Earth by Colleen Gino
untitled by Lelio La Verde
Water Works by Jeremy Jones
A spring wind machine by Costantino Tuccori
Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr by Gary Benefield
Lucy In The Sky by Nuno de Oliveira
Spin Me Right Round by Tamara Shurling
Yellow Record Player by Lex Newman
Potter B&W by Felicia
" A Garden Bursting With Color " YOU SPIN ME! by Michael Asaro
Tea Cups by Todd Alvey
twirl by Julie Ann Newell
First Try Lightpainting by Linda Heath
Spinnnnnn by Tom Phillips
Posted by Shayla Simmons — 20 Aug 2014
Billowing thick and white, like clouds and slithering from between yellowed fingers, smoke dances in the air. Smoking is known for being a really bad habit and it has the ability to snuff life right out of any being, yet, when photographed it can be quite beautiful, sensual or exotic. The way smoke curls effortlessly up and around, gliding through a dimly lit room, playing with shadows and dancing in light, smoke has a beauty all its own.
JPG contributors are no strangers to capturing the allure and seduction of this deadly habit, a few of which we've gathered for you...
S MO K E R II by Jacek Moszej
Smoking kills by Rahul Chakraborty
Untitled by Danielle Tunstall
Malena Smoking by Benoit Courti
Reaping by Olga Miljko
leave a scar by mukti echwantono
SMOKER by raeid Allehyani
Untitled by Loya Ejevich
Smokin! by lee oneill
The Dragon by Lori Ann Morris
Smoke fire by Abir Aouinet
While we don't condone or encourage cigarette smoking, for all of its known risks, if you have the chance to photograph the light and shadows of smoke playing in the air, take a few snap shots and upload your willowy masterpieces to inspire us all. As you browse through JPG, don't forget to create collections of the smoke images that draw your eye and share them with us to peruse!
Can't wait to be hypnotized by your smoke.
Posted by Shayla Simmons — 18 Aug 2014
Photo of the Week
Sunrise on Bixby Bridge by Bruce Wendler
Story of the Week
The Journey no one wants to take, but....
Untitled by Bennie Beretta
Member of the Week Jeremy Jones
Goffstown Nights by Jeremy Jones
Posted by Shayla Simmons — 17 Aug 2014
This Photo Challenge is a toast to new beginnings, to new adventures and
opportunities; so pack your bags and share with us your moving
Relocation by Euronimia Jesus
Nationaltheatret Station by Adnan Julardzija
Untitled by Yeonju Lee
Untitled. by Louis de la Torre
Boots & Books by George Cosmin Marin
The Funnies by Ciara D'Anella
It's Never a Right Time to Say Goodbye by Peter Kurdulija
Packed by Saroj Swain
Good Luck to you and Cheers!
Posted by Shayla Simmons — 13 Aug 2014
Blueberries are bursting with flavor and nutrition... Bake them in pies and muffins, swirl them in smoothies, or pop them straight in your mouth for a juicy treat! Blueberries have a sweet history too! Because the little blue berry grows in abundance in North America it has become a food staple. During the civil war they were given to the troops as one of their many food rations. The most popular muffin in North America is of course blueberry, and all we can say is YUM!!
To the Native Americans they were known as star berries and colonizers made gray paint by boiling blueberries with milk. But, blueberries are not just great in muffins, or great for painting, but they are amazing for our bodies too! The blue fruit is filled with many antioxidants and nutrients they are amazing for your eyesight, have been said to help the damage from heart disease, cancer and the debilitating effects of Alzheimer's disease. Also, a study of rats found that using the abstract of blueberries improved the balance, coordination, and short term memory of the rats.
Our amazing members have been busy shooting this little super-food. Check out these images from JPG that pack a big punch of flavor.
Blueberries by Adam Freidin
Blueberries by Elysa Darling
blueberry pie by Caroline Shimanek
winter blueberries by Rebecca Stackhouse
blueberry by Sarah Thielke
Blueberry+Raspberry by Ichiro Okada
Blueberry Smoothie by Ivy Reynolds
Yummy Blueberries! by Aileen David
Blue Berry by Darlene Kidd
Now get your hands on some blueberries before the stores run out! Then capture that fruit in new and fun ways; and upload all your best to share with the rest of JPG. If you happen to spot any more blue fruit throughout JPG, start a collection and share!!
Posted by Shayla Simmons — 12 Aug 2014
Photo of the Week
Cowfest by Audran Gosling
Story of the Week
architectural photography offers lots of possibilities
#savechesterton by alan ranger
Member of the Week francisco Legrand
Untitled by francisco Legrand
Posted by Shayla Simmons — 10 Aug 2014
There is a lot of beauty in things that are old and rusting away; get a closer look to see the cracks and the decay.
Rest Stop. by Andrew Schaefer
Rustic Motel by Guy Needham
Just a minute..... by Oregon Curly
Open window by George Cosmin Marin
The Old Mechanic by Suzanne Tutak
Central emptiness 7 by Roberto Papa
Someplace, Texas by Carey Williams
Deceased landline by Thad Zajdowicz
Abandoned by Bob Jensen
A million miles...a million stories. by Tristesse Genevieve
ruins.... by daniele castellucchio
Broken house by Saroj Swain
Posted by Shayla Simmons — 6 Aug 2014
July is over! How did that happen so fast!? Independence day came and went with a bang...quite literally. However, just because the month is over doesn't mean we can't look back and relish the fine photography that the month bestowed upon us. Like the photo of rushing tides by mark yugawa or new beginnings by Lynn E. Harvey and images that showed us what a great day looks like, like the one you'll see below from Alex Preiss, all these images featured in this post represent some of the best of JULY 2014!
So take a few minutes to enjoy these amazing images.
Hot Air Balloon by David Niles
Concert in Beijing. by keitha ramberg
Lena by Tatsiana Kilimbet
The Sunrise And The Surging Sea by mark yugawa
Chrome Stance by Nicholas Christiansen
Untitled by Ben Clark
In bloom by A R I A K I
.a slient core of waiting #2.~ by Lynn E. Harvey
Untitled by Viola De
Yarra River / Melbourne 4 by Kevin Fairley
Portrait of My Precious by Franz Malalis
rose in the rain by Anthony Guerriera
Jenny by jane bettis
Yep. It was a pretty good day! by Alex Preiss
power line near airport by Lisa Donneson
Melt by Carey Williams
Greenbottle by Peter Hall
Tell us what you think about these images, selected Best of July 2014, and make sure you leave a comment or two for the artists that have given us inspiration and aspiration for the month! If you see any more amazing images that were submitted during the month of July, start a collection to share with the rest of the community!
And remember August will be over before you know it so get out and shoot!!!
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