If anyone had told me 10 years ago that I'd become an avid, and published no less, photographer, I'd have collapsed in a laughing fit.  However, I have become one.  It's amazing what you can do with a decent camera and a little knowledge of elementary physics...namely light and optics.  And that is exactly why I love it because it merges my artistic side with my scientific side.

Apart from minor exceptions that are noted, all food and photos that appear on this blog are prepared, styled and photographed by me.  The food is 100% edible too--no Elmer's Glue-All standing in for milk here!

Here's some of my work--and this would not have been possible without the help of Lindsay, from "Pinch of Yum's" wonderful e-book on photography.  If you want a copy, and I highly recommend it, just click on the picture link for her book on the right side of the home page of this blog.

I will also, if time permits, give private lessons to improve your food photography. First I suggest getting Lindsay's book for the basics.  I will pick up from there with topics such as getting out of "auto" modes and really seeing what your DSLR will do, more intensive editing techniques, lighting and of course how to get your photos accepted on "food porn" sites.

Just a final note--my work is copyrighted.  It is registered by block copyright in the US Library of Congress (the real deal), so ownership is easily proven.  I also subscribe to Digimarc (digitally embeds a watermark in each photo) copyright protection service which will track the use (and subsequent misuse) of my photos, so cropping off my text watermark doesn't do any good, since the digital one remains embedded.  Also, every photo is a crop--meaning there's something missing.  I have the unaltered digital negative which is irrefutable proof of copyright ownership. Since my work is also timely copyrighted with the US Library of Congress, unauthorized use is subject to statutory damages of up to $150,000. Plus I can recover attorney fees.  More can be read about unauthorized use here. It's easier to just not do it or ask for written permission.

Unfortunately, internet thievery of images, often used for profit, is a reality.  I really wish I didn't have to do this, but I do. 

I will pursue unauthorized use of my work, so if you'd like to use anything here, please email me and ask FIRST.  I'm more than happy if proper attribution and link to my site is made. 

My recipes cannot be copied in their entirety along with the photo.  Only permission for photo and link back to my site will be granted.  

The above refers to blogs, websites, Facebook pages (personal and commercial due to sharing), and any other venture where sharing to the general public is applicable. 

FOR YOUR OWN PERSONAL USE i.e., personal recipe programs not shared, printing for personal/private use, then by all means print and save--no permission necessary.  More conveniently, using the "Save Recipe" on each post, will save to your ZipList recipe box so it will always be available to you.


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