There are not many philanthropists like Eli Broad, who died on April 30th, 2021 at the age 87. In his lifetime, Broad and his wife Edith amassed a personal collection of over 2,000 works of contemporary art, which they then donated to the city of Los Angeles (and the world), building a namesake museum to house them all for your enjoyment. Who does that? Amazing. You can read more about Eli Broad’s life of service in his obituary from the NY Times at This Link. Read all about my super fun visit to The Broad Museum shortly after it opened in 2015, and see some choice pieces of the collection, at This Link. RIP.
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Actress Jamie Chung once jokingly said, “If acting doesn’t work out, I plan to do food photography and just eat my way through the entire world! I’m a big foodie, and if I could make some career out of it, that would be fantastic.” She’s probably in good company. In a world that’s overwhelmed with smartphones and picture-apps like Instagram, you’d think everyone is a passionate food photographer! However, few are aware of just how difficult it is to sustain the drive. We’re giving you a few tips on re-igniting your passion and finding your food photography inspiration. Here we go!
1. Invest in a few renowned cookbooks and magazines
Where do the best food photographers ply their trade? Well in cookbooks and magazines of course! Granted, these resources aren’t free and you may have to shell out a couple of dollars to access these books, but its’ money well spent. Fortunately, you don’t have to purchase actual hard-copies which tend to be more expensive. The digital versions do nicely.
2. Dabble and experiment with other forms of photography
The world of photography is vast with numerous genres – wedding photography, product photography, fashion photography, aerial photography to name a few. What’s interesting is what you can learn from each genre. Lighting, composition, and editing are all done differently. The skills you learn by dabbling with other types of photography can give you the inspiration you’re looking for with your own food photography.
3. Study light, airy, bright photos to understand aesthetics
What makes one photo breathtaking and another bland? A quick scroll through Instagram and you’ll notice something remarkable. The most popular food photos are almost always light and bright. This is achieved largely by employing three concepts: white balance, neutral color filters, and bokeh. White balance, to quote Photography Life, is simply “adjusting colors so that the image looks more natural”. Neutral color filters help the images retain their natural look as well, while bokeh (from the Japanese word meaning ‘to blur’) is simply the technical term for blurring out elements such as the background in your pictures. Studying beautiful photos can invoke the inspiration you’re after.
4. Look beyond food images at what’s around you
Perhaps you need to stop looking at food images for a while. You see, inspiration can come to you when you’re not even thinking about it; when you’re simply out and about living life. It may be that the more you obsess over your food photos the less likely you’ll find pleasure in your own work. Instead, look beyond food photography itself. Go visit a museum, watch an old movie, and look at some classical art. You never know where you’ll find food photography inspiration
5. Join a few social media groups and follow fellow food bloggers
The tech-centric nature of our world and globalization means you can follow anyone from anywhere. You can join social media food photography groups such as Food Bloggers Central to connect with like-minded people. With plenty of food photography inspiration to be had and conversations with photographers from all walks of life, you’re likely to have your own fire re-ignited quickly.
I hope these tips will help you find inspiration for your food photography. Still, if you would like to find further inspiration, you can also check out professional food photographers portfolio websites.
One final word: don’t worry about every photo being perfect. As Henri Cartier-Bresson laughingly remarked, “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” Just remember that with every photo you snap, your skills will improve!
I’ve been hearing about Pietro Nolita since it opened (a few years ago at this point), because it is an Italian Restaurant downtown that’s Pink on the exterior and interior. I’ve always meant to visit, of course — because: Pink Restaurant — but it’s not in my neighborhood and I’m lazy, so I’ve never see the pinkness before in person, until now.
The fact that Pietro Nolita had completely fallen off my radar made it that much sweeter to literally stumble upon it last week, as I walked home to the East Village from a doctor’s appointment in the Financial District and decided to shake up my route. Isn’t it adorable? Who wouldn’t want stop in and check it out?
I love the details they put into it, including flower boxes bursting with Pink Silk Chrysanthemums.
Popular street artist Hektad has even contributed a flourish of his signature heart art.
Located at 174 Elizabeth Street, Pietro Nolito is open during lockdown from Thursday through Sunday, Noon to 8 PM for Take Out and Delivery. I Promise that once it Reopens I Will Eat There and File a Full Report!
Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms in existence, with more than 1 billion users every month. Whether for personal enjoyment and connection or for business advertisement and growth, users can use Instagram to share photos and short videos.
Instagram is a popular app on mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets. You can also use the Instagram desktop app, which allows you to browse, upload, and interact on your laptop or desktop. Apps for Instagram are extremely useful if you want to make Instagram easier to use, improve the quality or impact of your posts, or grow your audience. Take a look at the 11 Best Apps for Instagram that we’ve found.
Snapseed is an extremely popular photo editing app, available on iPhone and on Android. It is a very simple and easy-to-use way to edit photos at a professional level before they are uploaded to Instagram. Plus, it’s free.
Snapseed has a huge range of editing options. You can make simple changes such as increasing the brightness, cropping or adding a filter to your photo. Or you can make more complex edits, including removing unwanted objects or sections or changing the background. All of this can be done with simple swipes and clicks.
Pixlr is another photo editing app. It is similar to Photoshop, offering easy-to-use professional editing techniques. Pixlr allows you to edit images with options including smooth, blur, and heal. You can remove any red-eye from photos of people or animals. You are also able to resize, crop, and rotate images.
Colors can be brightened or darkened, filters can be added, and you can adjust levels such as exposure, saturation, and contrast. Text and frames can be added, and collages can be created. Pixlr enables you to truly customize and play around with your images.
Canva is an extremely popular Instagram app that allows you to create designs and graphics for your Instagram page. The app has a huge range of options to choose from and is free to use. Choose the type of project that you’re working on, such as a leaflet. You can then browse the templates available, and choose the design that works best for you. It’s then easy and simple to customize, adding images, writing text, changing colors, and much more. The app allows you to create your own professional and effective Instagram graphics, and easily post them on your Instagram page.
Boomerang is an Instagram app that is extremely popular with users. As you hold down the camera button, the app quickly takes 10 photos. These are then stitched together, making a short video. It repeatedly plays forwards and backward, which is the ‘Boomerang’ name comes from. The speed can be changed to suit your preferences. The Boomerang app makes a fun Instagram post, which can be more engaging than a photo and an interesting change from a standard video. The Boomerang video saves directly to your camera roll or photo gallery, making it easy to upload to Instagram.
MrSkin.com, the internet’s number one source for celebrity nudity, announces the launch of a brand-new social media contest, #MrSkinChallenge, for a chance to win $1,200. Fans can show off their artistic skills AND win cold hard cash by simply drawing, sketching or painting a famous nude scene or sexy celeb moment, then posting the results on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram.
“While people wait for their government stimulus checks, we thought we would stimulate the economy ourselves with THREE $1,200 checks up for grabs,” said a Mr. Skin rep. “During these trying times of pandemic quarantine and self-isolation, we’re doing our part to help!”
The contest, open to U.S. state residents 21 & over with valid social media accounts, will be conducted in three phases:
Phase One (ends May 1st @ 11:59 AM CST):
On Facebook ‘Like’ Mr. SkinFacebook.com/mrskincelebs and/or Mr. ManFacebook.com/mrmancelebs and post a sketch, drawing or painting – keep it clean per Facebook rules, please! – by commenting on the Mr. Skin Challenge pinned post. Entrants MUST include the hashtag #MrSkinChallenge along with it.
To enter via Twitter, follow @MrSkinCeleb and/or @MrMan and post submissions by replying to the Mr. Skin Challenge pinned tweet. Entrants MUST include the hashtag #MrSkinChallenge and keep their Twitter profiles public during the contest period.
On Instagram, entrants must follow @MrSkinCelebs and/or @MrMan and post submissions on their Instagram feed. Entrants MUST include the hashtag #MrSkinChallenge and keep their profiles public during the contest period.
NOTE: ONLY ONE SUBMISSION ALLOWED PER SOCIAL ACCOUNT.
Phase 2 (begins May 1st @ 12:00 noon CST; ends May 3rd @ 11:59am CST)
Preliminary Judging – Ten finalists will be selected by a panel of qualified judges from all eligible entries, judged on creativity/ originality of concept; humor and delivery of the concept and clarity of the delivery of the concept. The entries with the highest scores will be deemed the finalists. Finalists will receive notification via electronic mail, on or about May 3rd, and will have 24 hours to confirm that the notification has been received.
Phase 3 (begins May 5th @ 12:00 noon CST; ends May 11th @ 12:00pm noon CST)
Finalists’ entries will be uploaded to the MrSkin.com and MrMan.com websites; registered members will judge and vote for their favorites (limit one vote per person and per email address). The three finalists with the most votes will win $1,200 each! Woo!
ABOUT MR. SKIN:
MrSkin.com is the world’s foremost authority on celebrity nudity, and MrSkin.com is the web’s #1 go-to destination for the complete skinny on Hollywood starlets at their hottest. Founded in 1999 by movie buff Jim McBride, MrSkin.com has grown exponentially, now attracting more than 10 million unique visitors every month who come to experience the site’s cast library of sexy celebrity content – including more than 20,000 actress bios, 30,000 movie and TV show reviews and over 200,000 pictures and videos.
Wonderworld Space was an attraction that existed in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for a few months this past fall. Located in a big pink warehouse, Wonderworld was fitted with multiple, Instagram-able rooms, each housing a themed-fantasy scenario in which selfie-obsessed young ladies could stage impromptu photo shoots. Yawn City. In other words, it was a total waste of time for normal people like me to go there unless you could get in for $5 (regular admission price: $25), which we did. Because anything is worth $5. I got a few blog-worthy snaps out of the visit, so it was money well-spent. These Pink Neon Roses floating around the word Love were part of a room with different neon art on each of its four walls. I’m not sure how good selfies come out when taken in a room that is mostly dark, but I think this shot looks pretty cool without people in it.