Are you one of the many folks posting photos of food?

Do you take photos of Food?

We here at dotPhoto work to keep up with what’s happening in different areas of photography. Recently, we began to hear more and more about folks taking many photos of food and getting them up on the Internet. As we dug deeper we learned that over the past few years there are literally millions of photos of food that have been posted on the web! People have found new ways of sharing a meal, including a huge numbers of photos in chain restaurants. It turns out that many of these photos are considered bland and could, if folks knew a little more about food photography, represent the food a bit better and look more tempting and mouth watering. If you’re like us you’re a bit surprised by these food photo facts and opinions. It appears that we all have lots we can learn about food photography.

Given our need to learn, we thought we’d seek out and then share an expert food photographer’s outlook on what’s happening in the food photography field. You might also be interested to know how she got interested in it, and how she takes her attractive photos. Our photographer is California-based food photographer Liza Gershman.

One of the things Lisa says is, “Culturally, there is a bit of a return to the idea that we are connected to food, that it’s important to know what’s in it and where it’s coming from.” Possibly this is a part of the reason why taking food photos has become popular. Here are a few of Lisa’s photos and you can see more of her photos and what she has to say about food photography by clicking the link at the end of this blog. Let’s get started…

Liza Gershman wants to know if your food photos are bland? If they are she explains how to add some sizzle.

Here’s a clear shot of some “raw materials”.


















And, if you like chicken, a tempting photo of a ready-to-serve dish


















See more of Lisa’s food photos and her ideas on how we can also take shots that will call us to the table here:

Walter Krieg

HeARTs speak members donate their talents to save homeless dogs

Last week we looked at cat rescue and how well taken photos can help to draw animal lovers in and help to motivate them to adopt a cat at a café in either Washington, DC or Los Angeles, CA. After we posted our cat article we received an email telling us about a group whose photographer members do the same to help spread the word about dog rescue organizations. HeARTs Speak’s membership spans 20 countries, including 47 U.S. states, Germany, Italy, Brazil, Singapore, Argentina, Canada, the U.K., Venezuela, Lithuania, and the Netherlands.

HeARTs Speak’s network of artists & advocates provide their services pro-bono to animal welfare organizations in communities. Dogster magazine recently posted an article about their work.

As Dogster says, “not every shelter or rescue has the means to afford professional photography, nor the skills and equipment necessary to take great photos.” You can see the value of good photos here and by looking at their work in the article we link to after the photos. And, if after reading the article you’re interested, you can become a HeARTs Speak member. Here’s Lily


















And here’s Mara




See the fine photos and learn about HeARTs Speak here:

Walter Krieg

Attractive cat pictures aid kitten rescues

Earlier this year our daughter who is in school in Washington, DC, began working at a new tea and coffee café called Crumbs & Whiskers. She has always loved, owned, and cared for cats at home and thought working at this new café while away at school could help her stay close to her favorite animals. As it turns out, Crumbs & Whiskers is one of the first cat cafes – a coffee shop with rescue cats who are up for adoption.

More specifically, the business is partnered with the local chapter of the Humane Society in order to provide a boarding space for around 15–25 cats at a time. Through the partnership arrangement, the Humane Society provides vaccinated and vetted cats to Crumbs and Whiskers which functions as a foster home for the cats until they are adopted.

The café uses an online reservation system for scheduling visits and allows customers to begin the application process for adopting one of the cats on site. Here are a few photos of cats at the Café. Below you see Baby.


And next is Kiaa.



As you can see from the above, pleasing photos make the cats more attractive and help to invite viewers to adopt them.

Recently the owner of the café in DC opened a new café in Los Angeles, and we started looking for rescue missions in L.A. What we found was a rescue mission named Kitten Rescue that enlists a photographer, Casey Christopher, to help them tell the stories of their cats to make them more attractive for adoption.

Here are a few of Casey’s photos and a link to see many more. Enjoy.





See more at:

Walter Krieg

How to broadcast from your phone to your TV




From dotPhoto servers to your phone to your TV

Android phones can show and dotPhoto slideshows on Miracast-compatible televisions. In our demonstration, we use a 50″ Sharp Aquos TV. To activate Miracast, choose the Input button on the TV’s remote control, and scroll down to Miracast.

On your phone, install the Miracast short cut from Google Play.  When your TV is set to the Miracast input, activate the Miracast short cut on your phone, which broadcasts to your TV.

Compatible Miracast TVs

If your TV is not Miracast-compatible, you can use Miradisplay dongles like this one available from Amazon for about $20:

Dongles plug into an extra video port and often include a USB plug that pulls power to run the dongle.






iPhones and Apple Devices

OS X and iOS do not support Miracast, opting instead for Apple’s own AirPlay technology for screen mirroring. AirPlay is compatible only with Apple’s second- and third-generation Apple TVs. On a hardware level, the majority of devices produced in the last year support Miracast.

This video describes how to set up AirPlay so that you can screen-mirror with an iPhone.


what does It take to be an adventure photographer?

Being an Adventure Photographer

We live in a town and rarely travel to areas that you would associate with the term “adventure”. But a few weeks ago we travelled to the Lake Tahoe area for what we hoped would be an adventure. A huge lake, mountain vistas, National Forests, hiking trails, and nothing but blue skies, we couldn’t ask for more.

Once there we took to the outdoors and got a feel for the true beauty of nature at about 6,000 feet. The lake’s shores were peaceful and calm. We took photos and felt quite relaxed. As we thought about it we decided we were having a wonderful vacation but it was not what we would call an adventure. Here are a few photos from one of our trail hikes.

Here my wife and daughters are setting out ahead of me.


and as we wandered about, here’s a little of what we took in.




As I said, very beautiful and quite peaceful.

When we returned to our lodging after this hike we started to ask ourselves what an adventure would look like. And, like most folks in this age of the Internet, we took to the cloud to see what others might offer as an adventure. But who should we ask? As we searched we came to the conclusion that if anyone should know what an adventure is it would be an Adventure Photographer. That’s when we discovered Krystle Wright and thought…

Let’s ask Krystle Wright… an Adventure Photographer

Ms. Wright is an up-and-coming Australian Adventure Photographer with a number of well known clients. She says about one of her adventures, “I broke off a bunch of teeth and swallowed them after a mountain biking accident”. Take a look.


And here you can see the extent of the gear Krystle has gathered so she can be ready for any assignment.


Krystle says of her photography, “I like to put myself in very complicated situations and then simplify them visually.”

Take a look at an interview with Krystle and some of her “simplified” photos. I think you’ll agree with us that Krystle knows adventure and it’s not for a relaxing vacation.

See the interview at


Two-year-old takes his truck on wild adventures

And Mom takes the shots

We all like to take photos of our kids playing and having a good time with toys and gadgets we get for them. We especially like it if we can join in on the fun and create a fun filled visual story. But, honestly, if you’re like me and my family it doesn’t happen all that often, but when it does it is a real treat for us and the folks we share our photos with.

Given that I like trying to create little photo stories, I was happy to run across this photo sequence created by a mom with her young son. Turns out she’s a pro photographer and I’m a rank amateur, but I am encouraged by what I see here and think with a bit of planning and practice I might be able to create a good story too.

Once I have the photos I want, the easiest part of my story creation will be creating a slideshow that friends and family will see. The slideshow story will automatically be available to view once I upload my photos into a dotPhoto Album and send the “Album Links to Image View” address to the folks I want to invite. When folks come to that address they will see the slideshow. Note that our pro photographer’s photos can be seen by clicking a link in the story, but there’s no slideshow like we can see on dotPhoto.

Getting back to our pro photographer, Alaina Carr; here are a few fun shots from her wild adventure story of her son, Miles, as it appears on the website. If this introduction catches your fancy click the link at the end of the blog to see more of the photos for yourself. From babble:

“In a photo series called “The Adventure of Miles,” Mile’s mother documents the daily adventures of the toddler and his Little Tikes Truck on her Facebook page. Despite the fact that Miles’ feet could barely even reach the ground while sitting in his truck a few months ago, the young cruiser has kept a steady pace of road trips in his plastic ride.”

Here’s Miles.



As you can see, he’s raring to go!
But first a few stops, one stop at the drive-thru bank to make a deposit,



and a second to get a bite to eat.


See the rest of Mile’s story at: Then it’s our turn to create a photo story.


What is optical image stabilization?

Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) explained…

As we try to improve our photo taking…we work to make sure that our photos are clear and sharp with the proper resolution. We try hard to hold a steady hand as we snap our photos. But as we all know, that’s not always enough. If we can get the camera to help us it may make things a whole lot easier.

Help might be on the way. It looks like new cameras, even on our smart phones, might just be getting ready to do the job by not only adding a feature called Optical Image Stabilization but improving it immensely.

Optical Image Stabilization has been around commercially since the mid-90s when it started being used in compact cameras and SLR lenses as a method of letting photographers shoot longer exposures without needing a tripod. It works by moving lens elements to counteract wobbly hand-induced camera shake, thereby reducing blur.

Our writer tells us that not only are SLR and similar cameras coming equipped with improved OIS, but new smart phone models are as well. If this is true and, given our desire to use our smart phones for more and more of our photography, should we look forward to this feature as a true benefit?

and should my next smart phone have it?

Simon Crisp tells us…

“The cameras in our smartphones keep getting better as they gain tech and features previously reserved for high-end cameras. One such example is Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) which promises less blurry images and smoother video. Here we look at exactly what OIS is, how it works, and whether it’s a feature you’ll want in your next smartphone.” Let’s take a look…

Here’s what we might be able to look forward to



See more of what Simon has to say here: