Now that phones have better and better cameras, I tend to use them more and more. What I’m primarily looking for—and I’m by no means an expert at this—is to have a situation where no flash is required.
Flash just does very awful things to food photos and so I never use it. I do have a very nice micro 4/3 camera (Lumix GF1) with a “pancake” lens that’s especially good for depth of field and low interior lighting without a flash. Many of my past food pics going back a couple of years were taken with that; but more and more, I find myself going with the iPhone, and particularly so with PhotoStream, where I don’t have to do any importing. …Although, I’ve used an Eye-Fi SD card for years that actually has Wi-Fi and so my photos get downloaded to the computer, at the ready. But PhotoStream saves time and steps.
Another reason I’ve been going more and more with the iPhone is because of the Instagram app. Basically, you take a pic and can go with native, or choose from a number of canned effects. Once you choose one, it’s in your library, gets shuttled to PhotoStream, and you can also share it on the fly to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and a few other things including email lists you can set up. A very convenient app.
Here’s some examples. I just had an exchange with someone on the FTA Facebook page about using “hipster” effects, like making it look retro and shit. I never try to do that. I simply try each one and remember my favorite one as I go along, looking for the best enhancement, like an A-B test, where each best becomes A, and so on.
Sorry, can’t seem to locate the original for that one. But here’s a comparison with an omelet from the other day from leftovers. This was originally a chili I made with grassfed ground beef, my brother’s wild kill ground elk, and the same elk mixed with pork into a sausage.
What are we going to do with all these options? We’re going to keep charging forward, laughing at the pips and squeaks, showing up with increasing regularity in comments here.
It’ll pass, because I always point out how they do nothing because they don’t, and they eventually get a conscience of some sort, or go away, neither of which I give a shit about either way.
As always, onward.