Archive for the ‘photography’ Category

Betsy VanLangen photos = people + materials

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Betsy VanLangen has some provocative works with a great mix of materials (and food) with people in her portfolio. Very creative. Love it!




Food Styling and CGI

Monday, July 27th, 2009


I was recently doing some personal research on food photography and styling and had no idea that Boston University hosted a Conference on Food Styling and Photography back in June. So sad to have missed out! Coincidentally, the other day I also came across a post on PSFK.

Images above show the post and mid-process of Computer Generated Imagery. Watch the Vimeo video of this transition from wireframe to enticing fries and burger done for Bernstein Rein Advertising.

As you will see, this is an entirely CGI spot. We used photo modeling techniques adding dimension to real studio photographs of a Big Mac and the the fries. The fry box, Dr. Pepper, ice, bubbles, smoke, straw, environment, etc are all entirely CGI.

The real reason to do this spot as CGI was to be able to choreograph the camera move in limited time and budget.

Wow, technology and amazing computer graphics with realistic rendering. Will this put food stylists and photographers out of work? Although, the graphics are based off studio photographs. Hm…the photo industry is certainly changing due to digital, any thoughts on technology changing the food styling industry?

via PSFK

Hong Kong and Taipei: food adventures

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009


From dim-sum and abolone in Hong Kong to oyster omelets, uber-fresh fruit juices, and fresh egg rolls in Taipei, there’s never a dull moment with home cooked meals or street food. My appetite far surpassed what I could physically eat and there was a lot more that I wanted to try! Below are a few highlights in more detail.


Treasures of Syracuse University library

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Tonight I went to Boston Public Library to listen to Suzanne Thorin, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries of Syracuse University (my alma mater!), speak about SU’s treasured artifacts and special collections. And what an incredible collection it is! Of course, as always, I wish I knew about it sooner- when I was a student less than 2 years ago. Although there were only a handful of items presented, all had an impact that I wish I had known about- particularly during freshman art history class. I had no idea that SU had nearly 80% of Marcel Breuer’s original architectural design sketches or Margaret Burke-White’s original camera equipment and photography prints and negatives. It truly brings history to life to be able to see first hand the thought process of writers and artists or to appreciate artwork close up!

I was able to snap a few photographs of some artifacts:

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It’s not just the sound of “Thomas Edison’s Blue Amber Record,” but the packaging that is significant. Package on right LEFT uses less material and 1 less color- saves on cost, production, and materials! A genius Edison was.


“Illuminated Manuscript,” significant in its use of vellum paper and Gutenberg’s Printing Press over woodblock typography setting. Gorgeous.

The Special Collection (6th floor, Bird Library) is constantly in search of ways to better itself for the use of Syracuse University’s faculty and students. I can’t wait to hear more about the Plastics Collection of the 1940’s-50’s that came from Leominster, MA! This will certainly be a great resource for ID students in Smith Hall 🙂

Thanks for the educational evening! Learn more about Syracuse University’s Library here.

another weekend as a tourist in Boston

Monday, September 22nd, 2008


Cabot’s is a family owned and operated old-fashioned ice cream parlor and restaurant. We are especially known for our generous portions of unique premium ice cream and frozen yogurt creations. We serve breakfast (all day), lunch, dinner and late night treats featuring deli style sandwiches, wraps, flame-broiled burgers, salads, and traditional home-style dinners.

What more could one ask for? Especially in an environment that brings you back to the ’70s. I remember going to Cabot’s as a kid and loving it! (not that I was alive in the 70’s, but you get the point.) That nostalgic feeling and environment is certainly working to their benefit. A definite classic spot for locals and tourists alike.


  • Activity #2: The Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA.
    This weekend there was a European bike show which I attended with a couple of friends. A great opportunity to take the camera out for some interesting photos. (Wish I could have stayed longer.) Not to mention the bikes on display were so interesting to look at from a pure product perspective. I may not know too much about them, but I could certainly appreciate the attention to design details that were addressed in the variety of bikes shown. 🙂
    Photos after the jump.


Thanks Saba for the PhotoWalks tour!

Thursday, September 4th, 2008


One of the many great photos I took. It’s like my very own postcard!

Labor day weekend I became a bit of a tourist in Boston- the city I grew up in. As a local or a tourist, I would definitely recommend taking a PhotoWalks tour to get a different perspective of the city (both the story of the city and through the camera lens). Not only did I learn a bit of Boston history, but I learned some great reinforcing tips on composition and camera angles. It really is fun and interesting for beginners or photo-hobbyists. The 1-1/2 hour tour really went quick and I’m sure I’ll be back for another. Thanks Saba for the tour of Beacon Hill!

Pro Photographers at risk?

Thursday, August 7th, 2008


Read the whole article at BusinessWeek.

Lots of good arguments for and against the stock photo sites like GettyImages and Design/Photography firms. Basically these are 2 different target markets. Cheap photos from websites target those who would not generally pay for professional work and allows amateurs to gain exposure on the web. Design firms need to continue to focus on clients that will pay for their professional services.

An interesting debate…What do you think?

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