WHY MY DAUGHTER WON’T BE GETTING A TABLET THIS CHRISTMAS…OR THE NEXT

My daughter Pumpkin loves to play with the junk mail. The other day she picked up a Costco coupon book, excitedly pointing out products familiar to her–Cheerios, diapers, juice. As I nodded enthusiastically, she suddenly pointed to a corner of the book and shrieked, “Dot com! It’s-a dot com!” Sure enough, she was referring to Costco’s website.

To this day, I still don’t know how she learned that.

Once, as I finished reading her a story, I closed the back cover while announcing, “The end!”

“Again!” she squealed. She leaned forward and tapped the center of the front cover repeatedly. “Again, again!”

She was doing the same thing she usually does when she wants to replay a video on my phone.

I felt kind of bad, to be honest.

Speaking of phones, the only kind she has really seen are touchscreen smartphones. I still refuse to buy a tablet so she can have the genuine experience of flipping through pages of a real book instead of swiping across a screen.

While I’m eternally grateful there was no Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube when I was in high school, I wonder what social media or technology will be in place when she comes of age (hopefully none, but I guess I’m asking for the moon). Meanwhile, there is a special space reserved in a museum somewhere for the future acquisition of my laptop and phone.

Oh well…technology marches on!

 

BOOK REVIEW: PLATE TO PIXEL: DIGITAL FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY & STYLING

“Good food is momentary in the mouth, but immortal in the soul.” -Unknown

I have enjoyed food photography for sometime now. I’m not much of an expert in the kitchen (although I’m working on this), but I absolutely love food and all the various ways it can be arranged.

I’ve been experimenting with different arrangements and reading a book I recently bought called Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography & Styling by Hélène Dujardin. It shows creative ways to display food and explains the use of lighting techniques, as well as post-processing, in an easy-to-read format.

Some suggestions include the use of textured fabrics in the background and stray silverware and spices as additional props.

It’s a good resource for someone like me who is still new to food photography. I look forward to improving my technique and sharing my results with all of you!