Lu Dog has bad news

wooLu dog has bad news.

I’m shooting a short film on Friday, and the activity on the blog will be limited.

This is my first short film in, let’s see, 12 years.

The creative process is hands down the most invigorating process that I know of. It will likely kill me. There’s so much stress involved. So many unknowns.

But it’s so much freaking fun.

In the meantime, be sure to catch the news on the typhoon blowing into Asia right now. Surely this has to do with god’s hate for the sins that have happened in the countries it’s hitting.



the war on capitalism rages on

women self perception

Graphic reads, “If tomorrow, women woke up and decided they really liked their bodies, just think how many industries would go out of business.”

The same could be said if men were content with the technology/gadgets/computers/cameras they already own, how many companies would suffer.

Via TYWKIWDBI: Thought for the day



Photographers spill the beans on how to shoot food photography … in other words, you won’t be able to do it like them.

cheesecombofull_wide-50002aeca41ca514ea0bb08a455873ddfc727f9a-s40-c85I was turned on to this article at NPR about how a coffee table/food porn book was created.

The description at Digg was:

The jumbo-sized images in “The Photography of Modernist Cuisine” are truly awesome. And while the images themselves are jaw-dropping, perhaps the best part of the book is that the team shares all the secrets about how the photos are made.

In the article, there are tips for how you, too, can photograph food in great ways:

Five Tips From Modern Cuisine For Taking Better Food Snapshots

  1. Look to the light: In restaurants, find a big window with diffuse, indirect lighting, Nathan Mryhold recommends. “If you have to use flash, use a napkin or menu to bounce the light off it and make it diffuse.”
  2. Stand up: The angle at which we usually view dinner doesn’t produce the best photographs. For food that’s flat and wide, shoot the dish from right above. If the food is tall and narrow, get down low and shoot it from the side.
  3. Put it on black: Food is most dramatic sitting on white or black, says The Cooking Lab’s Chris Hoover. “White can create some weird reflections, but black is quite easy shoot.” Place the food black Plexiglass, he says. Then pin a sheet of black velvet on the wall to adsorb the light behind it.
  4. Dip your toe into editing: You don’t need to buy a sophisticated editing tool, Hoover says. “Just get a basic program, like Adobe Lightroom,” he suggests. “It’s easy to understand, and there are tutorials on the web.”
  5. Download an HDR app: For smartphone snapshots, use a high-dynamic range app, like TrueHDR, to capture all the colors and highlights of food.
In other words, you can’t do it, so don’t.
There’s really nothing worse than food shot on a phone. I mean, compared to the large format photography of the featured book, yeah, you should retire.