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Ponte Alexandre III Paris France

Paris with A Camera

With camera, lenses, and tripod in tow I set out from Chicago to Paris, ‘The City of Lights’. I stayed in an apartment hotel in Montrouge, http://bit.ly/1sZsiaj, in the 14th arrondissement.

Unlike my other trips to this wonderful city, I decided to travel Paris via public transportation, bus only. The bus trips, in my opinion, were better than taking tour buses. One experiences the flavor of the city amongst the residents verses the tourists.

Some of the places I visited with photos available:

Eiffel Tower – This prominent structure is made out of iron and is built on Champ de Mars. The tower got its name from the engineer who built it and it is the tallest building in the entire city.

Hotel du Cluny –  It was formerly the town house of the abbots of Cluny, started in 1334. The structure was rebuilt by Jacques d’Amboise, abbot in commendam of Cluny 1485-1510; it combines Gothic and Renaissance elements.

Saćre Coeur – The Basilica crowns one of the highest hills in Paris on the butte of Montmartre offering one of the best views of the city.

Louvre – What can I say, the museum of museums. It dates back to 1200 when it was built as a fortress. Today it houses some of the most famous art in the world.

Jardins du Luxembourg – The Jardin (garden) features a series of statues which portray the queens of France and other illustrious women along the terraces of the park

Jardins des Tuileries – The Tuileries garden extends for about a kilometer from Palace du Carrousel to Palace de la Concorde.

Flame of Liberty – The Flame of Liberty (Flamme de la Liberté) in Paris is a full-sized, gold-leaf-covered replica of the new flame at the upper end of the torch carried in the hand of the Statue of Liberty at the entrance to the harbor of New York City since 1986.

Pont Alexander III – The Ponte Alexandre III is considered by many to be one of the prettiest bridges in Paris. The bridge is located south of the Champs Elysees at the southern end of Avenue Winston Churchill in the 7th and 8th arrondissements.

Théâtre de la Ville – One of the two theatres built in the 19th century by Baron Haussmann at Place du Châtelet.

Pont Neuf  – Paris’ oldest bridge. A beautiful bridge over the Seine River and it is also the longest.

The Palace De Chaillot aka the Trocadero – The Palace De Chaillot was constructed for the 1937 World Fair, designed by Boileau, Carlu und Azema built on the previous building, the Trocadero.

La Conciergerie – The “Antechamber to the Guillotine” – Located on the Banks of the Seine the building dates back the 13th and early 14th century. It’s name derives from concierge, as the royal governor in charge of the building was called.

Photos are available at:  http://larryrichey.smugmug.com Please feel free to take look.


How to Backup Photos w/o Carrying a PC or Using the Internet

I actually read this on Fstoppers and damn it works. Thus I decided to share it. I have made a few annotations which I employ.

I take a portable hard drive, WD passport(1T), and a card reader. Both are virtually no weight and small. I go to the business center of the hotel and use their computer. The computer will either have a SD Card slot or not. If it does you don’t need your card reader. If it doesn’t here’s where the card reader comes in. The computer will most likely have an USB port. The card reader has an USB port. Plug it in and also plug in via the HD to the other USB port. Download your photos to the HD. You’re done, no internet or your own computer required. This can also be done at an internet cafe. To be sure get yourself an USB hub just in case the hotel or internet cafe’s computer only has one USB port. his works.

Bad Food Ads Strike Again!!!!

The Post, as some of us know, chronicles food photos. And they seem to be always on the look out for deception. Check out their article on ‘Food Ads vs real Food Photos’.






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Restaurateurs get photos of your menu selections and only pay for what you like!!!

Restaurateurs get photos of your menu selections and only pay for what you like!!!

Satisfaction guaranteed, no charge if you are not satisfied.

Photos done at your location, at your convenience

Photos are optimized for all Social Media

Photos are optimized for your Website

Photos are searchable/findable via Search Engines such as Google, Yahoo or Bing

Photos can be further optimized for prints and other marketing tools

Photos taken at your restaurant of the meals of your choice. Review photos electronically. If don’t like them you pay nothing. Or choose the photos you like and only pay for those photos.

PS:         Filename Convention, an image named DCS87799 or img.01019.jpeg will be buried by search engines while ‘Roasted Leg of Lamb’ has search-ability in search engines (i.e. Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc). All photos have GPS coding to your location address. Photos are sized to the specific requirements for the media you choose and your website (adherence to file/image load requirements).



Samples of my work can be found on my website www.larryrichey.smugmug.com/Food-Photography







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Why good food photography is important for restaurants & lounges

If you run a restaurant, bar or café, you know how important your menu is. It is the first introduction to your food that a customer gets and having great pictures can make a world of difference. In this multicultural place that we live in, a city full of tourists and international business travelers not all of who speak English, how do you attract them into your food establishment with ease? Everyone can understand a photograph; the phrase “people eat with their eyes” has never been so relevant. Most people like to see a photo of their food before they order so they know exactly what they are getting, and for those from a different culture who are not familiar with your style of dishes this is even more important. Being a transcontinental traveler, tourist, etc. I can personally attest to this axiom. So many times I have been out in various cities abroad and can’t read the menu. However, I can distinguish what I want to eat via the photos on their food on the menu. This is also true if I look up a few restaurants to dine and they have good quality pictures of the food items available at their restaurant at their website regardless of language.

The only way to produce a professional photo style food menu is to use a professional food photography service. The do it yourself method just will not cut it in these times of high competition when your competitors all have sleek and professional menus.

A great looking food menu can look as good on your website as it does in your restaurant, bar or café. All of our photographs can be used on your website as well as being printed for your menus. When more and more people check your website before deciding whether or not to eat in your establishment, a beautiful set of food menu photographs can really give you the edge over your competition.





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Food Photography; More Important than Ever, Why; Because of Social Media

It is a well-known fact that one of the most effective ways to increase engagement on social media platforms is through the use of quality photographs. And what better way for a restaurant to show off its offerings than through the use of photography?

Why, then, are so few restaurants taking advantage of photography to promote their business? One non-scientific research suggests there are many reasons, including the following:

▪     Restaurant owners perceive the cost of professional photography as being too high, and they don’t think they can obtain good results on their own.

▪    Restaurant management is too busy with the day-to-day operation of their business to devote time each week to activities such as social media, photography and marketing.

Lack of awareness of the benefits photography can provide when combined with a good social media plan.

Quality photographs are of the utmost importance on Social Media Platforms. Photographs online offer a vital chance to make a great first impression.  You don’t want to squander that chance by 1) having no photos of your food, or 2) having bad photos of your food.  Ideally, a few interior and exterior shots of your venue should be included with your online media, as well as a shot or two of the chef/staff. Furthermore, stock food photography on a restaurant website is pretty much false advertising.  Restaurant/food business owners should make sure that the photos on your site are of food that you yourself prepared. Potential customers deserve to know exactly what food they can expect to be served at your establishment.

Basically keep your photos current, accurate, and of good quality. It’s not necessary to have every dish you offer photographed, but highlighting a few of your best dishes across several categories is ideal.  Know when to invest in professional photography, and think of it as just that – an investment.  You only have one chance to make a great first impression and the food photography on your site can make or break that chance.


Ultimate Guide to Buying a Camera

An ultimate guide to buying a camera sounds all encompassing. It’s better to start out with more on your plate than less when considering buying a camera. Have you ever asked the question ‘what camera should I buy’ or has someone ever asked you that question or do you have friends or relatives asking this question? There should be a guide to easily follow. A guide to give one the facts and/or help us make sound suggestions or decisions, which perhaps we have not thought of. A guide that could help empower us to know not only what we are talking about when we go to buy a camera but more importantly know what the salesperson is talking about. Thus truly help us make an informed decision. Yes, there is one. I read slrlounge’s article on ‘What Camera Should I Buy? The Ultimate Camera Purchasing Guide’, by Pye. I have to say they nailed it. I recommend checking their article out.


White Balance in Photography

White balance, (that which makes the funny color cast over your photos) in photography can make a heck of a difference in your photos. Having the wrong colorcast on your shots also wreck havoc in postproduction. I found a rather good tutorial on the subject of white balance. Take a look.


Some Thoughts on Color Temperature

Hey, why didn’t my picture look like what I saw when I pressed the shutter on my camera. Faces and items have a color splash of green, auburn, or blue hue. And sometimes a color that you didn’t know existed.  These awkward color splashes can be corrected. And, it is really not that difficult. Let’s take a look at why these color splashes occur.


We first have to come to grips with the fact that our camera does not and cannot see as we see. And I mean all cameras. Here is why. We are often times fooled by the best picture capture combination on earth, our brain and our eyes. Any image our eyes capture our brain makes the perfect conversion and captures the scene/picture. There is nothing else on earth that can do this. So let’s stop expecting our camera to do this. It can’t. Again, the camera cannot see as we do.  The camera’s brain is a microchip and the lens is its eye. Encrypted on the microchip is a rather complex set of algorithms written to make calculations on light, exposure, color, etc. The algorithms cannot measure up to the power of our brain. They cannot duplicate our brain, period.  So stop expecting your camera to see as you see. Ok so you focus on what you want to capture you hear the beep that says take the shot you execute so what happens? Here’s the skinny, the camera mathematically executes the perfectly written algorithms on light, exposure and focus. However, after all those calculations, in the end the camera can only guess what to do. That’s right it takes its best guess and hopes it gets the capture right. Our brain does not guess. Again, your camera does not see as we see. Let’s examine this situation a little further.  I believe we all know that daylight is made up of several different colors. Our brain makes the necessary conversions and we see only one color. Our camera doesn’t always get it right. Further, light has different temperatures thus light gives off different colors. Again, we don’t notice it because our brain makes the necessary conversions. Our cameras, if we are taking pics in jpeg, and for virtually all point and shoot cameras and Smartphone cameras this is the format we are shooting in, you can help your camera out by setting the feature on the camera that reads ‘white balance’ or ‘WB’. I am not sure about all Smartphones but generally this may be a feature they do not have. Setting the ‘WB” or ‘White Balance’ can help the camera react to the color being emitted by the light. Setting the ‘WB” or ‘White Balance’ can help with those colorcast. Especially if you are in a museum or some place where you cannot use your flash. Speaking of flash, this is your ‘go to’ color cast eliminator. But take note, you need to be close enough to your subject to cancel out the color the lights in the place are emitting. It would be nice if those places that don’t let you use your flash would tell you the type of lights they are using in the place. This way you could set your ‘WB” or ‘White Balance’ and your are good. And even in clubs, bars and restaurants there’s a whole lot of colorcast going on. For example, it there are fluorescent lights expect a greenish color cast, fluorescent lights only appear white because our brain makes the calculation for us to see the light as white. Tungsten lights are orange or auburn but we see them as white because of our brain. And wow, if they are using both sets of lights and or another light source who knows what the colorcast could be.

So if you have time, care and remember, set your ‘WB’ or ‘White Balance’ setting and let’s take that into consideration when we do photo or snapshot capture.


Here’s a link to help guide us  on color temperature.