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Photographic Term of the Week: Chiaroscuro

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Chiaroscuro is an Italian term that literally means light-dark. It refers to the tonal contrasts that give a represented object shape and definition or greater dramatic representation.

See this wonderful example from the National Gallery in London

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January 27, 2012 at 10:57 am

Downtown DC, photographed for Washington Gas

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Every now and then an assignment comes along that just blows your skirt up. I got a call a few months ago from Washington Gas Co. for some images of specific neighborhoods in DC for an upcoming customer publication they’re producing. After a cold winter nothing beats getting out on the street for some nice golden hour / twilight shooting.

Tivoli Theater in Washington, DC

Tivoli Theater in Washington, DC

National Portrait Gallery / Museum of American Art in Washington DC

National Portrait Gallery / Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC

International Spy Museum in Washington, DC

International Spy Museum in Washington, DC

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July 7, 2009 at 9:25 pm

ain’t it the truth

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The other day Rob Haggart at aphotoeditor.com had a post that basically came down to the simple fact that “good ain’t cheap.” I’m now in my 15th year of being a professional in this business and this seems to be an ongoing theme. I’ve never worked in any other industry so my frame of reference is limited. But put 10 photographers in a room with beer and you’re most likely to get a bitch fest about how bad things are right now. It was like that in 1995 when I started and from what my mentors have told me, it was like that in 1980 when they started. It all comes down to this. Do it right, or do something else.

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May 8, 2009 at 6:26 pm

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Why use a food stylist?

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The short answer is it makes the work better.  I know lighting.  I know composition. I know lenses and file types and filters.  I don’t know cooking, I don’t know food chemistry.  That’s where the food stylist comes in.  It’s the stylists forté to know how to cook the food (or not) in the manner that will produce the look you’re aiming for.  It’s a combination of experience, talent and education that makes this possible.  Food stylists are a great combination of chef and visual artist. Most stylists have degrees in culinary arts and years of experience in the food service industry.  They’ve learned the craft of food styling from apprenticeships as well as the occasional workshop or class at school.  A few come at it from the other direction and were artists, film makers or photographers who got into food styling from that side.

Often we’re approached by a restaurateur or small chain restaurant that’s looking to do some photography for marketing purposes.  Maybe they need shots for their menu, their website or other such uses.  Invariably the talk turns to pricing and after finding out what they need I’ll send over an estimate.  Since I like to keep my clients in the loop on exactly how they’re spending their money I itemize my estimates.  This will occasionally lead to the questioning of line items on the estimate and I’m happy to answer any questions.  Many clients will question the need for the food stylist stating, “Our chef can prepare the food, we don’t need a stylist.”  Sometimes they’re right.  Usually not.  The chef’s job is to prepare food that tastes out of this world.  Our job is to prepare food that looks out of this world.  How food is prepared for photography is nothing like how food is prepared for customers.

Above image styled by Harry McMann

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January 22, 2009 at 10:32 am

July newsletter available

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This month’s newsletter is about marketing in an economy that’s, um well, crappy.  Get it here

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July 3, 2008 at 12:51 pm

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Wider range of work available

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For the past few years I’ve been concentrating on my food photography, that’s been going pretty well.  But over the years I’ve amassed a collection of other work that’s not food.  I’ll get hired to do something totally different.  I decided to post some of that work, and as to not dilute the food brand that I’ve been working to build it’s all on another separate site.  www.buchanan-studios.com

Have a look around, you’ll certainly see some similarities and overlap from buchananphotography.com but there’s quite a bit of new work there.

 

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June 26, 2008 at 6:02 pm

Fine art (term used loosely) sales site launched

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Derelict tug

I recently came to learn of a site called Etsy which allows producers of handmade art and crafts to sell their items.  Think of it as a virtual craft show.  The insertion fees and commission rates are insanely low so I figured I’d give it a shot.  I’ve got several images up for sale now and if things work out I’ll load up more as time moves on.  It should be noted this is not a stock sales site.  I’m already selling stock through StockFood and PhotoShelter.  This is strictly display art.  

 

Otherwise things are going well, we’re finishing up the Claires job this week and I have the freezer shoot next weekend.

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June 5, 2008 at 5:09 pm

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