Prisma App

IMG_5711IMG_5589-EditA friend of mine told me about the Prisma App for iPhones anIMG_5692IMG_5686IMG_5700A friend of mine told me about the Prisma App for iPhone and Android phones. Nifty little app that has lots of fun effects. You must take the photo with the app and process it right then as you cannot reimport it later. However, I could save the original photo on my iPhone and use in other programs later.  This included some fun with the photos shown here in Photoshop CC.

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Securing a Fall Leaf

This is a fast and easy technique.  You love fall leaves, right?  Well they tend to blow around. I found this leaf upside down on a picnic table and tried to hold it to catch the sun backlighting it… then tried to stick it between the two boards which didn’t work very well.  So, I found pine needles to secure the base.. and then hid them so only the backlit leaf and its shadow showed.

Almond and Coconut Granola

Granola Ingredients strokePhotograph taken with Canon 5D Mark 11 with Canon 50mm macro lens with window light and a single modeling light.  Fun recipe to photograph, create and eat!

This is an abbreviated version of a recipe by Gabriele Corcos.

Almond and Coconut Granola

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.

Line a sheet tray with parchment paper.

1 cup sliced almonds

¼ cup pine nuts

¼ cup walnuts

½ cup rolled oats

½ cup unsweetened flaked coconut

1/8 cup coconut oil

1/8 cup honey

½ teaspoon sea salt

½ cup chopped dried apricots

Mix all the ingredients except apricots, spread out on the sheet tray and bake 30 minutes. Add the apricots and let cool for 15 minutes.

Granola with Yogurt final

Granola with Yogurt

NC State Fair Preview

I was treated to a preview of the Flower Show area of the NC State Fair tonight.

Colored Lights

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2. White poster board as base

3. Hold Grater or other subject in place

4. 2 penlights with blue and green colored gels

5. Canon 5D Mark II with 24-70mm lens (50mm)

6. 6 seconds @ f/14 focused on grater – 2 second timer set

7. Secured blue light on top of vase for shadow

8. Swept the green light around sides and back during exposure

Triptychs

Triptychs can be so much fun and make for beautiful wall hangings.  SmartPhotoEditor software makes it really easy.  Under Borders is a Triptych option. You can adjust the image in this feature.

SmartPhotoEditor has many standard editing adjustments plus over 6,000 special effects. These range from painterly effects, sharpening, borders and much, much more.

It is currently 1/2 off at $29.99 and works as a standalone program, so you don’t even need Photoshop to use it.  You can pay a bit more to have it as a plugin for your Photoshop.

Use code LL1914 for an extra 10%.  So much fun!!

Wooden Table Top

Basic photo showing new table top!

_MG_0188I enjoy studio work as well as outdoor photography.  When I started studying food photography a few years ago, I found other photographers used distressed wooden table tops.  So, I started a quest to find my own. I tried vinyl rolls, wallpaper wooden look-alikes, flooring and more including the real thing. But nothing looked quite right and the real wood was too deteriorated.

Until this past weekend when I got the idea to look again. Went to my favorite DIY store, Home Depot, and told them as usual what I was trying to do. After the odd looks, a rep took me to a new display.  Jackpot!!

Home Depot now has their own brand of Weathered Wall Boards… guess we are returning to the wood paneling of many years ago.  These boards come in a light and dark color. They are real hardwood and measure 4″w x 1/4″ thick x 48″ long… perfect!  The texture is perfect too.  I just laid them side by side on my regular table and can easily set them back in the box when not using them.

Best of all… 8 boards come in a box for $25… a great deal compared to buying and storing a big table.  This is the first picture with the new “table”… more to follow!