Turkey pot pie

_DSC7183Up here in Canada we do Thanksgiving in October. It’s the perfect time for a fall holiday and traditionally, turkey is representative of thanksgiving. I like it because we don’t celebrate any religious holidays really, and thanksgiving is more in line with sharing, giving, etc instead of all the retail madness associated these days with holidays.

We decided this year to do a whole turkey. We don’t usually since it’s just my wife and me. But it seemed like a great opportunity for a photo shoot for stock. As you can see above, it doesn’t look like the magazine style spread with smiling families, full table with fixings and decorations, and the like. One of the things I work at for stock is isolating images for use in menus, promos and other areas where all the customer needs is the image, not the background. And then we did the finished serving platter, all nicely cut for eating:

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It was damn tasty if I do say so myself. I do like slicing the entire turkey breast off the bird and then slicing it so that everyone gets some crispy skin. Growing up that never happened and being the youngest, I often missed out on that tasty treat. And here’s the finished plate for eating:

_DSC7214Afterwards, we decided that there were enough leftovers to make a delicious turkey stew, and then took it a step further and made pot pies. I have to admit, they turned out incredibly well. We used puff pastry for the tops, although we easily could’ve made our own. The puff pastry had this incredible colour after roasting, and made a great addition to the stew as it was very flaky and light.

 

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Someday I will look at writing recipes, but for now, enjoy the pictures!

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A word about ethics

Stk_081224_1594What could there possibly be to write about when it comes to stock photography and ethics? I mean really, we are all creative. Ethics should be a concern for people who deal with money, or confidential information, or something…

A lot of stock shooters, when starting out, use friends and families for modelling. candid shots that came out nicely can often sell very well. But there are pitfalls and caveats to working this way. Stock agencies are, for the most part, purely software run, where a human eyeball very often does not enter into the equation when a buyer is perusing the library or buying a photo. Sometimes, it is up to the photographer to police their work online, to ensure their photos are not used inappropriately.

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Playing with food

I was helping a friend get better with their food shooting for stock with some critiques, so I thought this might be useful and relevant. Remember a bunch of posts ago, we covered a little about what you are trying to achieve with your stock photo. I broke it down into a few easy steps that help turn a decent photo into a decent selling photo.

I did some shots last night over supper that will help illustrate my workflow, and how I go about doing things. I used a softbox plus my on-camera speedlight, but I could have easily gotten sale-able photos just using the speedlight. The fundamentals remain the same though. So here we go.

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More flash

This past week had me shooting a mineral collection at a local technical school. I have a sideline in stock shooting rare earth minerals, metals, and gems. This time, I got a lead on some good industrial minerals through a contact I made years ago. It’s important to keep in touch with people. What I do is provide them with royalty free images to use in their coursework in the geology department in return for access and property releases so I can sell the images.

When I began my photo business years ago, I initially focused on industrial and mining photography. With that in mind, I pursued many companies, institutions and agencies for access, clients and nifty things to shoot. After a while, I found that I had a large and still growing library of industrial minerals. When I later began my foray into stock, that was a ready-made niche market to exploit.

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