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IOTW: Quality nostalgia January 21, 2009

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Family Baking


Family Baking

Alexander Shalamov

Childhood memories waft off the screen along with the smell of homemade cookies. In a world of pre-made cookie dough in the grocery isle, traditions like baking cookies together just isn’t the same. This image by Alexander Shalamov is image of the week because it reminds us of family togetherness.

We like the composition in this image and how the focus is on the hands as they are cutting the cookies out. It’s tells a story and prompts the viewer to feel nostalgic or just warm and fuzzy. The lighting is nice and warm looks natural. There is an authenticity to this shot that stands out. It feels like you just stumbled across a mom and her child really baking in their kitchen. Consider these authentic moments when shooting for stock. When an image feels too staged, it gets cold and is hard for the viewer to connect with.

Enjoy your holiday indulgences and keep your camera shooting!

– Shannon

Image Reviewer


Image of the Day: Thursday August 7th August 7, 2008

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Image: 43-00485495
  “Supporting Hands”
Contributor: AlexanderShalamov

Why we like it:  We get a fair number of baby/infant shots submitted to us on a regular basis.  Shots of babies are nearly up there with flowers, dogs, cats, and sunsets in terms of the sheer volume of submissions. Most baby images are just okay, some are merely good, but a few really shine. AlexanderShalamov’s “Supporting Hands” stands out with excellent composition. More than the usual “aww that’s a cute infant!” factor, this image has lots of great conceptual interpretations such as “safety”, “security”, “support” and “protection”.

Just a reminder: when shooting a popular subject always try to push for a unique vision to help give your shot a chance to stand out from the rest. Avoid the easy (and cheesy) way out — use composition, lighting and technical skill while shooting instead of relying on post-processing and filter effects in Photoshop. Keeping a specific concept like “protection” or “support” in mind as you shoot will help keep you on track as well. 

What do you think?


– Brian