Friday, 11 February 2011

Astrid says congratulations

The winner of The Dinner Project book giveaway is


Congratulations! Please email me your address and I'll send you the book as soon as possible.

Her tips for a quick and easy everyday dinner is:

Fresh pasta with tomato sauce - consisting of chopped tomatoes,dried tomatoes, garlic, some onion and fresh basil. On top I put some parmasan. In addition I often eat some bread and olive oil. Yum!

Thank you all for participating with your dinner tips. Check out all the 89 tips here.

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Other unrelated news. I'm a novice when it comes to the technical side of photography. Tonight I'm trying to learn a little something about my external flash. So far I have only used it as bounce flash. It works well when there is a white ceiling in near proximity, but that is not always the case. Like today, when I was asked to take a few portraits inside a shopping center with no natural light, no ceiling to bounce the flash at, and only very, very ugly fluorescent light. Shooting the flash directly at a person has so far not been an option for me, because the flash will not be very flattering and I have no clue how to make it look pretty. After a little testing I found a trick of how to shoot the flash directly in my face and still look rather normal. The result is above. After a few minor tweaks in Lightroom (I have downloaded a trail version) the image is ok, but I still have A LOT TO LEARN - both about using my flash and processing my photos.

I wish there were beautiful natural light everywhere all the time! Sigh!

Happy Friday!


  1. when i used to have to use a flash, i always taped tissue paper over it for a more diffused light, if that makes sense. in a pinch i've also just applied masking tape directly over. you can always point it up to the ceiling and have it rebound off... that can sometimes look better than straight in the face.

  2. Hi Astrid
    I have been using a light scoop instead of a flash recently, which works if you have white ceilings to bounce the light off!
    It is quite cheap and I have been really pleased as find my flash quite complicated!
    Emma ;0)

  3. wow, for en hyggelig overraskelse at jeg har vunet giveaway'en! Gleder meg til å motta boken - den ser veldig flott ut. Jeg sender deg en e-post med adressen min:)

    Ha en super lørdag!



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