Sunday, October 14, 2018

Sunday Stills - Tip for working with ice

This is real ice and not fake. I love to use real ice in shoots as it just adds to the authenticity of the image. When using ice, I usually like to buy it from the grocery store, love the shapes and texture and some reason it is not foggy like the ice I make at home.

For this shot, I used multiple reflectors...the ice acts like a mirror, reflecting light. I have seen backlight works best for ice images like this, with a couple of reflectors on the side.

Wanted to showcase caviar like a jewel... hope it worked

Do you like it with ice or without ??

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Sunday Stills and a photography tip on White Balance

Sunday Stills and a photography tip on White Balance -SimiJois
When photographing different shades of white - use auto WB mode or when you edit, use the WB dropper in Photoshop and click on the brightest white. You will have perfect shades of whites, no pale yellows or extreme-blue-whites.

The white on white above is very different white than the one below  (last one). Shot on different days, different light and different whites but both equally white and pristine.

If you are interested to learn hands-on here. 

Sunday Stills and a photography tip on White Balance -SimiJois

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Food Styling and photography workshop - November - 2018

Food Photography is much like painting, a blank canvas with endless possibilities. From colors, to prop placement, to framing, angle, lens choices... you have so many tools to play with.  I'm honored to partner with DCP Expeditions to conduct a food photography and styling workshop in Mumbai on November 17th.  I'm really so excited about this event. It is an all-day workshop and definitely hands on.

Some of the broad topics I will cover are

- Composition
- Styling
- Color theory
- Light molding
- How to capture steam
- How to shoot moody
- How to shoot white on white

If there is anything else you want me to cover, you can reach me here or message me on Social Media.

I am also planning an ongoing interaction and learning so we can keep the momentum going even after the workshop - still a work in progress. Will reveal more when we meet.

So bring your camera and join me in Mumbai on Nov 17th. Hope to see you there.


RSVP: Here

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Sunday Stills with styling tips

I'm restarting my SundayStills with a tip every week. This week's tip is, if you are planning to photograph fresh produce, make sure you take them out of the refrigerator at least an hour or two before the shoot. Shoot them at room temperature, especially if they are red color produce. I do not know the science behind it, but I can tell you from experience, the difference is visually perceptive.

Thanks for stopping by. If you want me to ask me questions about styling/photography, email me and I will try my best to answer it. IF you want me to work on tutorials, let me know and your wish is my!

Have a fabulous week ahead.

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Magic of alchemy : Mango-Pineapple and Watermelon-Beet : freshly squeezed.

I have at least five recipes that are in the draft that needs to be posted on the blog. It just has been so busy this side of the world that I cannot find time to write up a blog post. I think I am going to spend the next few hours doing just that, a big mug of coffee, my favorite music in the background and working on the blog.

I have really been looking forward to some me time. Last week I ran the Chicago half marathon and that was on my was a special moment for me. I have done this before, but this year was exceptional. Last year at this time I was preparing for the half marathon and was feeling great about the way I was progressing, I could not even imagine that life had different plans for me. Out of the blue, some health issues cropped up and there began my long journey..... doctors, tests, treatments and most difficult of all 'fear'. I withdrew into my photography, to find strength...I try to look for courage or channel my fear into creativity. It did not work for me, my creative side felt like a block of cement on my heart. I felt even my art had given up on me....and then life unfolded. A dear friend gifted me a book about healing, which I really recommend to anyone going through health issues, even if you are not, it is a must read - You are the placebo - Joe Dispenza ( this is not a sponsored post) ...from Placebo my spiritual journey started and more and more books fell into my lap. With each book, I became mentally stronger and accepted my situation for what it was.

It did not take me that long to pick up my camera again, but I was love for photography had a cloud just like a cloudy fall day, and the shadows were deep. I did not experience the same joy as I used to, it was now a mechanical act...something was broken inside me. Most days I would photograph only because I had nothing better to do with myself. Thankfully some of my clients were very patient with my situation and gave me ample time to work.

My focus shifted from photography to reading meditation and journaling, I was trying to look for something to center me...The more I meditated, the more often I would pick up my camera...until it became a form of meditation. Earlier when I photographed I always had the end image in, I just look deep into the light, sometimes I  get lost, meditative and forget everything but the 'moment'.

I was living a life outside of myself, even photography was outside of me. As I  look back, this one year has transformed me completely. I'm so grateful for who I am today, needless to say, I have an army of angles that have made this possible.

When I hold that camera today, I am not just making a picture, it is a connection ... strangely some of my friends noticed the change in my work and told me that...

So, I just had to run the half marathon, to tell myself that I'm a kick-ass woman lol! Well, could not have done this without my hubby, who really had to kick my butt.

Life happens...and life has to go on....!! To everyone who is going through a challenging phase in your life, a friend sent me this during my most difficult days and I swear by every word in these lines...

“When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person that walked in. That’s what the storm is all about.”

“What defines us is how well we rise after falling”

“However good or bad a situation is, it will change”

and finally…. “believe you can and you’re halfway there”

Also, kindness is the most significant gift.... just show some kindness, you do not know what someone is going through. If you can't be kind...I do not think you can ever give anything to anyone or to yourself. 

To everyone who has been part of this journey, I don't know how to express my gratitude, you are a rocking awesome human and I'm so lucky to have you in my life. Thank you for the prayers and love. 

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