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Cook Book Challenge: Week 40 by cakecrumbs Cook Book Challenge: Week 40 by cakecrumbs
This week's recipe is Pork with Tomato Salsa and Polenta Dumplings from Leggo's "Fast Italian." Another freebie book!

Now that it's winter and that we lose light by about 4:30 I'm pretty much out of a decent setup for lighting my photos and not much I've tried has been great. I've asked for critiques but it's more appropriate to say I'm after advice on how to artificially light food in the most inexpensive manner possible. If you have any advice, or have a link to any tutes/artucles written on the topic, I'd be veery thankful.

Meantime, grab the recipe for this one here: [link]

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:iconbunnehs111:
BUNNEHS111 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't know if you still want tips for lighting, but I have a good idea for a ghetto reflector ^^; What I do for a circle light is take a hula hoop and wrap it in Christmas lights. That turns the picture really yellow, but my camera has auto-color balance, so I just hold a white piece of printer paper in front of the lens and it fixes that. For a reflector, take a hula hoop and wrap a perfectly white sheet on it and that will help reflect and diffuse light. Hope that helps in case you still want some ghetto lights ^^;
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
Tried this one today!

It was ok, but i don't think i would do it again. And i am not sure if i did everything right with the polenta. "Cups" is always a difficult story for me :B
Result looked similar though - yay!
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:iconvalhallia:
Valhallia Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
This looks so delicious! I'm drooling! ...another one to add to my list of recipes to try from your blog......(you must be getting tired of me saying that by now :P )
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Not at all!
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:iconvalhallia:
Valhallia Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
Made it during the summer when my son was home from Uni - absolutely yummy!  valhallia.deviantart.com/art/P…
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
That looks wonderful!
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:iconvalhallia:
Valhallia Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Thank you so much! :hug: 
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:iconpeter-the-knotter:
Peter-The-Knotter Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
...and I'm not going to repeat myself....
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:iconoldwayartisans:
OldWayArtisans Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is your job, right? If not, it should be.
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
No, it's just a hobby. :giggle:
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:iconpeter-the-knotter:
Peter-The-Knotter Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Just a hobby! Ha! This stuff has got "Passion" written all over it! Hobby my....
;) Peter.
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:iconvalentine98:
valentine98 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i wish i could pay you to be my personal chef :cries:
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
I wish I could be paid to cook. :lmao:
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:iconvalentine98:
valentine98 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
why can't you?!?!?!
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Cause people want certificates saying you can bake. xD
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:iconvalentine98:
valentine98 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lol you don't want to go to school?
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
I've been studying for 17 years and still have another 4 to go. Not keen on extending that for a hobby tbh.
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:iconvalentine98:
valentine98 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ah,i understand..well you're really good at your hobby
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:iconkodaic:
Kodaic Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student General Artist
This. Looks. So. Delicious! :wow:
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Thank you. :D
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:iconkodaic:
Kodaic Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Student General Artist
You're welcome! :)
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:iconpeter-the-knotter:
Peter-The-Knotter Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
1:use anglepoise lamp or similar...?
if extra light source not available then:
2:use foil or white paper (glued/pinned onto a frame?) or buy a white umbrella?... to reflect light onto stuff... same way photographers use umbrellas with their flashes.... or sunlight on a beach...
3: or use 1&2....
Peter.
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Thanks!
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:iconpeter-the-knotter:
Peter-The-Knotter Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
np! :)
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:iconeowynsheildmaiden:
Eowynsheildmaiden Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh yum ill have to try this! :)
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Thanks!
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ProjPanda Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my... it is incredible i have to eat it now ><, it is just amazing... i will try to do it because it seems delicious.. *q*
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Thank you. :]
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:iconprojpanda:
ProjPanda Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No prob ^^
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Stripe941 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
love it yummmy
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Thanks!
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:iconelphaba-rose-wilde:
elphaba-rose-wilde Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Too bad I can't actually edit my first comment, the first light I linked too actually has reviews from photographers! So yes, it appears that work lights can do the job, especially if they have a reflective base.
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Thanks so much for that. I'll check it out!
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:iconelphaba-rose-wilde:
elphaba-rose-wilde Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Good luck!
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:iconelphaba-rose-wilde:
elphaba-rose-wilde Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I don't know if this will help, but we've used painter's lights/work lights for lighting up a stage before, they might be a bit strong though, but are available at most hardware stores. Lights something like this: www.homedepot.com/p/Commercial... or www.homedepot.com/p/Workforce-...  They're really bright, and some even have clamps on them for attaching to tables or are free standing. So you might have to put them a distance from what you're photographing, but they provide lots of light. Sometimes a good quality flashlight can help, or using large sheets of white paper to help reflect light at the object.  I'm no expert, but these are a few ideas that might help.
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Wirls Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Oh my! This looks great! I'm definitely going to give it a try.

I especially love how you served it in the individual dishes. And the balled polenta dumplings really adds a nice touch!
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Thank you. :] I think food always looks a bit nicer when served individually.
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:iconwirls:
Wirls Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
That is does! :XD:
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malaladanila Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Nice!
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Thank you.
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Looky yummy and after looking at the recipe i might give this a try as well. Always looking for food that can be done quickly during weekdays. Thanks for sharing!

And i like the photo. In our kitchen any photo i take fails, because the light situation there is horrible. No matter if winter or not :/
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Thank you! I'm with you on that one. The light in my kitchen is quite yellow so everything comes out ick looking!
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