So last week and weekend I was in Charleston and did a lot of filming…
I took some pictures as well, but this was a video trip. In the past, I have talked about my interest in video and how I want to start incorporating it into my work. Well after having final cut express sitting on my desktop and collecting dust, I finally took the time to climb the learning curve (Thanks Sara) . I still have a lot to learn to fully utilize what the software can do, but I think I have found a pretty good starting place.
Throughout the weekend, I was working on Helene’s book promo (more on that later in the post)
First I wanted to tell you about a food festival I visited. Food Festivals combine two of my favorite things, Food and Travel. Upon hearing about the Soft Shell Crab Festival in Port Royal, SC, I knew had to go. I love seafood, but had never had a Soft Shell Crab before, so what better place to have my first, than an entire festival devoted to them!
I wasn’t the only one who wanted a delicious Soft Shell Crab. Hundreds maybe thousands showed up for this festival outside of Beaufort, SC. Soft Shell Crabs are only in season for a few weeks out of the year. What makes a soft shell crab? Well it is a blue crab that has just molted its old exoskeleton. What makes this special? YOU CAN EAT THE WHOLE CRAB!
They are dusted in flour and lightly battered. I will admit it was kind of strange to go against the traditional crab eating rule of ” DO NOT EAT THE SHELL”. Soft shell crabs beak this rule. The fried shell adds a crispy salty crunch to the crab. This combined with the sweet and buttery meat inside is a culinary treat. I can completely understand why there is a festival dedicated to this food! With such a short season, all you can do is celebrate this delicious treat! What better way than a food festival. I thought it would be easier to show you what the festival was like. So here is a video of my time in Port Royal.
That was the first video that I made while in Charleston. The second was for my friend Helene. She has just published an amazing book on Food Photography called “Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography & Styling”. I have known about the book for a while and have seen first hand the work she has put into it. When I went to Food Blog South back in January, I made a stop in Charleston. I helped Helene with a few shots for the book (The pictures of her working in the book are the ones that I took) and I experimented with some video. After that first food video, Helene and I decided that we would team up later in the year for a full promo video for the book. Well that time was this past weekend. I had a blast working with Helene and figuring out how we would take a book and turn it into a movie. We decided to shoot some in the studio, some at Lana in Charleston, some at Bin 152, and some at the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market. This was the first time that I had planned a video shoot and found that it was similar to planning photo shoots but very different at other times. The post would get too long for me to tell you how I shot the video, I will save that for another day. Here is the final product of what we came up with!
When I arrived on Thursday, Helene had not yet received her copies of the book. I couldn’t plan this even if I had tried. About 10 minutes or so after the “when will the books arrive” conversation Bailey and Tippy started barking at the door. Behind the door were two big boxes from Wiley. The books had arrived!
As I looked through the book I was amazed. After taking pictures of Helene working in her studio, and seeing her writing and editing a chapter both on the drive to and from Birmingham, it was kind of surreal to see the final book in print! I was now holding what she had worked so hard on. Helene put an unbelievable amount of work into this book, and it paid off. What she and Wiley have created is what I believe to become the standard to what Food Photography books will now be held to. Not only is the book filled with about 200 of Helene’s beautiful photos, but the content is incredible. From lighting to styling, Helene covers it all. When I was in Photography school, I remember looking for a book like this. If only she had written this 2 years earlier!
This being said, I am excited to announce that I have a signed copy to giveaway! If you are interested, leave a comment down below. I will pick my winner at 11:59pm (Eastern time) on Tuesday, May 3rd 2011, using a random number generator to select the comment number.