KIND OF A BIG DEAL

The September issue of Easy Food magazine is finally out! I was lucky enough to add several random photographs to the magazine, as well as a full spread for their section called Reader Recipes. I’ve been freaking out about this for a little while now but I wanted to wait until the magazine was actually on sale and in public before posting these.

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This is the cover. The idea was to find something that represented September, but was still somewhat summer-y, because Ireland only gets to enjoy so much of the summer sun. This is a Victoria Sponge Cake, which is layered with, of course, two staples of Irish cuisine: jam and cream.

(That’s my picture of a sandwich on the left!)

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This is the layout I designed for the Digital Edition advertisement for Easy Food. By designed, I mean I picked the background picture off of a stock website, did minor photoshop edits to place an iPad template in the middle, and moved already existing text around to fit the space, as well as change the fonts. Oh and those little orange arrows, I found and edited from a stock site online. I didn’t know the design was going to be used though, because at the time It was just an opportunity for me to fool around with inDesign and spruce up the existing template. So it was pretty cool to see they decided to use it!

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THESE are my photos! Caroline cooked these reader recipes and I photographed them. It was somewhat intimidating going into this shoot, because I knew beforehand that if they were good enough, they would put them in the magazine.

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Unfortunately the magazine physically prints out slightly yellow and less contrast, but the pictures look good in digital form! Although I guess all of our computers are different so what you see might not be what I’m seeing.. Just pretend they are beautifully color corrected, because they are, I swear.

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Caroline and I have also been doing a lot of “How To’s”, which are step by step shots of simple things people might not know how to make. The above was specifically for kids to make their own bread rolls,which could be used to make pizza sandwiches. Ham, pepperoni, and salami with mozzarella and pesto is not my idea of a good sandwich, but the rolls came out nice.

The step by steps we have been taking will eventually be made into a digital cookbook. Since I am leaving in a week, I doubt I will see the final product but its exciting to know that I am helping them start it.

Caroline stars in the Easy Food “How To” videos that are on youtube. I was able to go to the filming of some of these videos about a month ago. The two cameramen were really great guys and fun to work with. They eventually let me take some of the still shots for the step by steps, so that they didn’t have to stop filming to take the pictures. I’m not credited for these photos because it was their equipment and production company and I was just assisting. But out of the ones the magazine printed, these are the ones I took, so I don’t feel bad about posting them.

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They also used one of my behind the scene shots! It’s of Caroline and the guys laughing (about something hilarious I’m sure, I don’t remember.)

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So that’s all I can claim in the September issue of Easy Food magazine. The fact that photographs I took have been published in a magazine, in my head, seems like a really big deal. But because no one I know is really here to witness it or even able to buy the magazine, it feels kind of lack luster. Also everyone here has been contributing to the magazine for a long time, so they are not as giddy as I am to see their work in print.

It is because of these reasons that I have decided to post these myself, so that

NOW YOU KNOW.

What knight lives in that castle over there?

Yesterday I got to experience firsthand the filming of the “How To” videos that Easy Food puts out. The “How To’s” are basic cooking videos that show  how to do things like roasting garlic, boiling eggs, or even making simple stir frys. One of the locations that they film in is in Howth, a town north of Dublin right on the sea. And by location, what I mean is CASTLE:

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Yup. There is a cookery school in a castle.

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And that’s where we were yesterday. The kitchen was beautiful; modern appliances mixed with wooden counter tops, teal cabinets, assorted china, old cast iron tops and ovens.

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The production crew for today consisted of Mark and Robin, two very nice guys who were great at what they do, as well as good fun to be around. Caroline seemed to sport the same distaste that I have at being in front of a camera, yet she delivered her lines with a practiced grace that seemed to appear from no where, only to flee away the second the shot was finished.

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Mark and Robin were using a Canon EOS C300 camera to film the videos. Robin described it as the video equivalent to the Canon 5D. It was so amazing. They showed me what the feed looked like at F 1.8, the shallowest stop the camera could go to. The crisp detail surrounded by shallow depth of field was incredible. They also used a 5D to film from a different angle, and a second 5D to take still shots of the step by steps. This job eventually was handed over to me, so that the filming and still shots could be done at the same time. It was good practice for me, as Caroline and I will be starting our own “How To” shots later this week.
(Sorry to everyone who has no idea what all those numbers and cameras mean. Its basically just one of the best digital camera equipment around.)

More pics of said CASTLE:

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WE HAVE TO GO BACK

None of my titles seem to have anything to do with the actual posts… I usually can’t think of one till the end and then I just want to post it so whatever pops up in my head next. And since I’ve been watching a lot of Lost lately…

THE REASON I’M HERE:
I realized that I have been in Ireland for a week and two days now and I have yet to post about what I am actually doing here in Ireland. The fabulous internship that I told everyone about… WELLLLLLLLLLLLL:

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Voila’! I am cataloging!

I am doing the things interns do at an office: All the things that the real workers can’t take the time to do because they have real things that need to get done.

Here’s the rundown: I am working for Zahra Publishing. They have three magazines: XPOSE, Easy Parenting, and Easy Food. I, of course, am working for Easy Food. Basically they want to have their own stock image data base, so they can stop buying them from stock sites online. That’s where I come in. Currently I am just labeling and organizing the images they have already bought so that they can find them later to use in the future. Soon though I will be taking generic photos of food on white backgrounds so that they can stock up (ha) on those types of photos. I am to be a stock photo chugging out machine.

Stuff like This:
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Now I want pie.

At the end of this week however, the other American in the office, Caroline, and I will be bringing a whole bunch of food and supplies over to a kind Irish civilian’s house to use their kitchen. We will be testing out some “test recipes” and then photographing them. SO basically we get a bunch of free ingredients to go make a bunch of food in a stranger’s adorable Irish home and then take pictures of it. (Before eventually eating it…I hope.) The woman’s house that we are using is adorable. Below is a bad picture of the front, but she has pet bunnies on her lawn! I will try to sneak more photos of the inside once we are actually there. But I am very excited for that to start, even though it will tear me away from me incredibly important computer work.

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Also more photos of one part of the office:

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