Old time favorites made simple, not perfect

One of my assignments was to photograph four different setups of food. The requirements were one hot meal & a liquid. The other two could be what ever you like. When I first got the assignment I thought “How the hell am I suppose to come up with a creative food setup?” The class was shown numerous examples & I was blown away. How did those images make it from the inside of one person’s mind to reality? That was the question I was suppose to answer and create myself. I went to Wegmans (a beautiful grocery store) & walking in there for the first time, I was blown away. I never knew a grocery store could look that amazing, but thats not the point. I went there to shop for food for my studio shoot. I didn’t know what I wanted to photograph, my mind was trying to create something perfect that wasn’t created just yet. I was OVER THINKING the whole assignment. When creating an image, you can’t just photograph anything, it must have a meaning, an emotion or something to draw someones attention. I’ve finally come to a decision to photograph cupcakes. Something simple as cookies & milk? Apparently so. I believe I only used one light to photograph the whole shoot. Some people are just blown away with the power of what one light does to a photograph. I used a regular medium sized soft box and back lit it from the left corner. At first I was clueless of how to properly light food, my instructor gave me some tips that helped me. I should have added a second strip light to the right side for a small highlight effect but I didn’t. Pretty simple to just photograph right? WRONG! The cupcakes must be beautiful composed, properly placed, & most important get close as possible to show the texture of the food. You want someone to drool over your photograph just because it looks so great. Photographing food for the first time was a difficult challenge. I never photographed food before, besides using “Instagram” & applying different filters to take food selfies.

I handed this image in for critique, most student liked the imaged. I myself did not like the image. Is it a good image? Sure it’s a good image, but a good enough image to draw someones attention out of a magazine or something or across the room hanging from a wall? In all reality its not a photograph that is going to “WOW” people. It’s just a simple photograph of cupcakes.

 

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Hello All,

My name is Jonathan Lasky. I come from a very little small town called Summit Hill, PA. Ever since I got a square Crayola camera, I wanted to explore & photograph everything. I wanted to travel the world, in doing so I needed connections. Thats when I decided to come to Antonelli.  I love to shoot very high end fashion & commercial. The images you see in Elle, Vouge,Glamour, W, Sports Illustrated etc. One day my dream will come true, for now it’s a waiting game.

If you would like to contact me you may do so at Jonathan.lasky@antonelli.edu

 

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A journey full of good & bad

I’ve decided to photograph a photo of railroad tracks for the word “Truth”. I did not pick any old track out of Philadelphia, I went home to an exact location to photograph these tracks. Actually they were right by my elementary school. When I was in fifth grade, my father had gotten me a train set you build from scratch. It was an H-O scale track & up until about 10th grade I worked my butt off on it to make it the best thing possible. It also gave me something to look forward to every night. Most kids this day and age look forward to drugs & alcohol. Why? Because it masks your pain for one night & then the next day its back to reality? No, that’s not me.  If I ever want to photograph tracks, I usually go to that specific location (Nesquehoning, PA). It was a very over cast and dreary day when I had taken the photograph. I was only there for maybe a half hour. My whole concept was “where does life take you?” Meaning, your life is almost compared to being a railroad car & the main train would be God. Where is he taking you? Who are you going to meet? Why am I stopping here? When will I arrive at my next destination? What is this place? Ask yourself that? Everything & everywhere you go and do in life happens for some reason or another & for each reaction there is an equal & opposite reaction. On the left side of the photograph you can see the ground is level with the tracks. Think of this as the “good” side of your life & everything that happens in it. On the opposite side of the photograph, you can see the ground is below the tracks. Meaning this would be the “bad” side of your life & all that goes wrong & learn from. Take a look at the photograph really close. Do you see the two sides of the track leading on and on into the distance of the photograph (depth of field)? The two tracks resemble an “A”. You want to always strive for an “A” what ever and where ever you go in life. Meaning, “give it your best shot”  “If at the first time you fail, give it a shot the second time, & if you fail again, third times a charm” Never say never, expect the unexpected, & strive for success. At the end of the day, cars don’t stay on the track forever. They at one point either derail, or veer on a different path to new journey. Life is big empty box in a way. You never know what is inside of it until you open it.

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