Meatballs impress the camera

I’ve always been in love with my mother’s meatball recipe. For this assignment we were asked to create a video slideshow that demonstrates a process.

Since I was a child, I have watched my mother cook the Italian classic on Sunday afternoons. In this video, I attempt to demonstrate how my mother makes the delicious meal.

While I was documenting my mother cook I was sure to shoot from a variety of angles. In the video, there are photos up close to the food and some that are a bit further away. This makes the video much more entertaining. I used my iPhone 6s, which takes impressive quality photographs.

Another thing I did was be sure to shoot behind the light so the photos were not overexposed.

When it was time to edit the photos in Photoshop, my favorite tool was the crop tool. I wanted to get rid of all the unnecessary action in the background so the viewer could only see the food. I think this added emphasis.

I darkened some of the photos of the raw meat in order to make it look a bit more appetizing. I realized during my editing process that food can sometimes look squeamish if it is not photographed well.

How to make meatballs from Maria Castellucci on Vimeo.

 

 

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The dancers get a trim

I was asked to edit a photo of two dancers by using Photoshop’s crop and toning¬†features.

The crop tool in Photoshop can really change a photo. I gave two dancers a crop in an effort to improve the photo.

Before the crop, the photo did not have a very clear focal point. Therefore, I used the crop tool to place the dancing couple on one of the third corners of the screen by using the rule of thirds.

The dancers were also overexposed by the sun. I toned their faces to decrease the overwhelming brightness. I warmed their faces by using the burn tool on Photoshop. I had to make sure not to make their faces too dark however so it didn’t look unnatural.

I warmed up other areas of the photo as well like the pavement behind the dancers exposed by the sun and the soles of the shoes of the male dancer.

Before:

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After:

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