Honey Crystals for a Photographer’s shoot

Crystallization of honey

I am always curious about the background of any of my next photo shoots. This time it was unique, shooting hone crystals was an entire lesson.

Crystallization of honey is more than normal to find. Long gone is the held view by some people that crystallization of honey is not good. Actually, with the information that people have about the crystallization and the reasons why it happens, more and more people prefer crystallized honey than running honey. First of all we should look as to the reasons that lead to honey solidifying as some may want to say;

Honey is made up of glucose and fructose among other sugars. Glucose is the main sugar in honey and in many instances comprises of 70% of the overall honey quantity. Water on the other hand makes up only around 18%. Whenever glucose loses water, it crystallizes. Therefore depending on where you keep your honey, it is more or less likely to crystallize irrespective of where you keep it. Once a crystal forms in a container, you can rest assured that the rest of it will follow suit within a short time.

Unfiltered honey is more likely to crystallize and fast than that which is filtered. Unfiltered honey has a lot of pollen, propolis and wax. All these components make it possible for honey to adjoin at the jugged edges where crystallization starts without much ado. Once a crystal has formed, there is no stopping the process.honey crystals

The container that you have kept your honey is a major player of whether it will crystallize or not. Honey kept in plastic jars is more likely to crystallize than that which is stored in sealed glass jars.

The other factor that contributes to the crystallization of honey is the temperature which the honey is kept at. For honey that is stored in temperatures above 70 degrees Fahrenheit and above will most likely stay liquid for as long as it’s available for use. Temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit are ideal for the crystallization of honey. This is why you shouldn’t refrigerate honey if you don’t want it to crystallize. Still even when it’s cold and temperatures go below 50, honey will crystallize in hives.

How you can make your honey runny again

All you need to do to have your runny honey is to heat it. Don’t heat it directly. Warm a pan of water and remove it from fire. Place the honey in the pan and over time it will start melting. The temperature of the water should be around 120 degrees Fahrenheit. The honey on the other hand should be warmed up to a maximum of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. To avoid your honey losing taste and its natural aroma, you should strive to only heat the amount of honey you intend to use immediately. Reheating of honey is not good to its consistency and good nature which it’s much loved for.

How to Start a Photography Business

With fierce competition and the easiness and accessibility of buying a camera, starting a photography business could be a challenge, as anyone can quickly call himself the professional camera man.  Nevertheless, your portfolio, your experience and credibility will make the biggest difference.


The fastest way to build clientele is to network, by distributing business cards to your family, friends, teachers, schools, and contacts you have made in the past.  Make time to participate at local events and the Chamber of Commerce in your area.  Offer some free photography sessions at non-profit organizations to gain some reputation. A small website is nowadays a must and create profiles in social media such as Facebook, Twitter or Linked In.  You can also consider hiring an SEO expert, as this will bring you more customers.

Behind the Scenes

Start creating a professional portfolio highlighting your areas of expertise.  This is a critical step, as this provides credibility and the level of experience you have acquired.  The portfolio can be presented by creating a small, professional website and in addition, by creating a handmade book or box in a nice fabric or leather with loose photographies or prints.  A portfolio is an ongoing work process of exposing the best and most recent works of art. photography business

Buying your Equipment

Invest in high quality photography equipment (camera and lenses), as this can be the key in presenting your results.  Consult with photography stores and online and find the appropriate equipment at your budget. Investing in good quality is often times cheaper at the long run. Additionally, you will need a good computer, a professional software and a printer are equally important.  Don’t forget the type of lightning, to get best results.


It might be a very competitive field, but once you have followed the marketing steps, you will find yourself surprised by the amount of people looking for a professional photographer.  A photographic business is a rewarding field!

Tips for Great Food Photography

Food photography is the art of taking still food photos to feature mainly in magazines and cookbooks. In recent years, food photography has advanced so much it steals away the focus from recipes. But in order for a food photographer to get the best shots, there are ground rules. Let’s look at some of the tips that make for great Food Photography.

You understand that the food needs to be of great quality. This necessitates the choice of the best ingredients available. In case of salads, the ingredients should be fresh. You’d imagine having yellow kales instead of dark green. And when the food is prepared, it must be prepared by a skilled hand, in order to get the best possible outcome. Generally, well prepared foods translate well into good Food Photography.

As a photographer, you must have your equipments with you. For high resolution photos, you certainly need a digital single lens camera, and not your phone! Also you must have stands for taking angle shots. And a few other support equipments.
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The quality of Food Photography greatly depends on lighting. A shot can be taken in studio, where’s there artificial light, or outside. As a photographer, you must align the food with the source of light, so that it comes out as clearly as possible. For instance, if you’re in the kitchen, it’s practical to open the windows and use the sunlight. Light is very essential in Food Photography as it brings out even tiny details, such as steam. Overall, photos that are taken in the light come out pretty well.

This is another important step. Make sure that the food is evenly spread out so that there isn’t obstruction of an element. With the help of a stylist, one can even create special effects like steam. When it comes to taking the photo, one must be careful not to take the bird’s eye view. One should get down a little bit and take a slanting photo. The rules here aren’t set in a stone tablet but taking shots from a number of angles is a good practice. It will help you pick out the best photos afterward.

Props and Enhancement
Another important tip is the use of props. To take a great photo one must add color to it. But one must be careful not to overdo it lest it will look substandard. In enhancement, one could bring the food to live by spraying oil and other enhancers for beauty.

A good photographer must be relatively quick. The nature of some recipes is fickle. So, you might want to be a little quicker. Taking a number of shots in a brief time requires that you be quick.
In order to get the best photos, one should get the assistance of stylists and other support staff

Science and Technology

Photography and The Medical Field
What is medical photography?

Medical photographers are individuals who have demonstrated artistic ability and detailed knowledge of various scientific processes. These skills and abilities are used in the documentation of scientific information that relates to medicine, chemistry, biology and other health related fields. They use state of the art photographic design software and computers to clarify complicated medical processes and concepts. Therefore, individuals who are interested in venturing into this field should be creative and detail oriented in order to communicate different ideas visually.

Purpose of medical photography

Since science is a logical and systemic study of the world, proper documentation of observations especially in medicine is vital primarily because improper recording of findings could lead to disastrous consequences due to improper diagnosis.

Photographic representations of various biological and medical subjects are used in exhibits, text books, pamphlets, criminal/civil/legal procedures, teaching models, and instructional films. They may also record the medical progress of a patient over time, document surgical procedures, or photograph an autopsy. One of the main functions of a medical photographer is to provide assistance in research and education. They make various prints of graphs and charts, digitize images and process photographs of various anatomical areas in order to increase understanding of different diseases and conditions that affect the human body.

What set of skills do you require to be a medical photographer?

· A medical photographer should possess good knowledge of essential photographic processes such as digital photography, special films, processing slides and video.

· Besides having an understanding of human anatomy, medical photographers must also possess technical expertise. They need to accept a high level of responsibility and use skills such as lighting and composition creatively in order to depict conditions effectively.

· You must also have a professional and sympathetic attitude especially when feeling with patients or family members who feel vulnerable.

· You must have good verbal and written communication skills as well as team working skills.

· Sometimes medical photographers may be required to work in roles with responsibility for various resources such as budgets, equipment and staff. Therefore, it is vital to possess leadership skills and the ability to use your initiative.

Medical photographers can be employed in various institutions in the medical field including medical schools, research organizations, hospitals, pharmaceutical manufacturers, health organizations and advertising agencies. On the other hand, some are employed in part time positions and they can also work as freelance agents who contact out for their professional services.