Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Parent-Child Learning Event at Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva in Edison, NJ

Every year on Dec. 25, when most parents have the day off, RPRY, a local Yeshiva day school, invites parents to sit in with their kids for a couple of hours of Jewish learning. Here are some scenes from this year's event.

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Chinese, Music and Comedy: It Must be Christmas in Highland Park

Last night I photographed the Highland Park Conservative Temple's annual night of Chinese food (of course!), music and comedy, a project that was started by my good friend Jay Culang. As always, the Avi Maza Orchestra provided the music, and for the first time, comedian Joel Chasnoff had people ROTFL'ing.

But the line of the night went to Highland Park mayor Gayle Brill Mittler, who was invited to read the winning raffle ticket. She started: "T-I-C..."

I'll have to use that line some time...

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy Chanukah (or Hannukah...or...)

Last week, the Borough of Highland Park had a Menorah Lighting, sponsored by several local businesses and organizations. I was honored to be the official photographer. Here are some highlights, including the Menorah lighting itself, conducted by Rabbi Shmulie Green and the Steinsaltz Ambassadors, and music provided by the Avi Maza Orchestra and Too Many Davids...

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Adinah's portrait session

This was really supposed to be Penina's session. She won the Selfie contest I ran several weeks ago...but she switched me up, and I ended up photographing her sister, Adinah. No complaints here, both of them are very photogenic.

The results? According to Adinah, better than any selfie she's ever taken!

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Monday, December 8, 2014

The Josefovitz Engagement Party

For one fun night, I was the Photography Doctor. Why? Because Steve Josefovitz, better known in town as The Appliance Doctor (he makes house calls and cares for sick refrigerators, ovens and such) was throwing an engagement party for his daughter and fiancee. The happy couple didn't want to appear online, but there was plenty of interesting stuff going on at the party. Here's a handful of personal favorites.

When copying prints is stealing

I was recently asked if I could make professional-quality prints of a family member's portrait images. I'm not a printer, which is a specialized area of photography (confession: I send my work out to a terrific and trustworthy pro lab so I know I'm getting the best quality prints for my customers) and thought the request was a little strange. The request was also vague: Was the person asking me to make prints from digital image files, or to make copies of prints?

It turns out it was the latter, and the photos were taken by another professional photographer. The individual was hoping to save on the cost of reprints by asking me to do it. My response: Even if she was willing to pay me my normal printing prices (which would likely be comparable to ordering prints from the photographer who shot the original photos), I would be violating that photographer's copyright.

Two good reasons

If you feel a photo is so good you want to make additional (or larger) prints, that means you liked the photographers work and consider them valuable, and should reward him or her with reprint orders.

The photographer charges too much? Not really, considering the photographer's training, and the investment in the gear necessary to get the results you like so much. Just as table servers at restaurants rely on tips, many photographers rely on print orders to make a living.

Even if you're not moved by the moralizing of the above paragraphs, consider this: If you want to find a work-around that bypasses the photographer's fees, you are breaking the law. If you are caught, the photographer can sue you for the standard ASMP fee charged for unauthorized use of an image for any purpose which is $1,500.  Per image.

This usage law also holds true for unscrupulous print publishers who publish your photos without permission (and you'd be surprised at how many do), and even for web use (although it's not enforced as much as it should be because many solo photographers are either unaware of copyright laws, or don't have the legal resources.)  I read almost daily accounts of this happening and of photographers initiating legal proceedings against people who have used their photos without authorization.

About my watermark

The above paragraph, by the way, is why I am now placing a watermark (which is also my logo—right) in the middle of any photos I post online: I want to avoid unauthorized use and due to a recent situation, I have been forced to take this step. My apologies to those who are bothered by this watermark placement, but I feel this is the most effective way to protect my copyright. If you see my watermark in a published photo anywhere outside of my blog or web site, that means it was used without my permission. Please email me at masonresnick@gmail.com to report any such instances.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

New Sushiana Food Photos!

You've seen behind the scenes photos...and maybe you've read the article I wrote about the photo shoot...now it's time to get to the food! Here's a small sampling of the food photos I took last week on assignment at Sushiana, a Kosher Sushi restaurant that recently moved and has just expanded their menu to include desserts and a full lineup of "mock meat" pan-Asian main dishes.

Can you tell which of these images were shot with the flashes I brought, and which were shot using window light?

What are these things? You'll just have to go to Sushiana and try them!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Behind the Scenes: Getting Ready to Photograph Sushiana's New Menu

Yesterday I spent several hours photographing the new "mock-meat" Asian menu that was recently introduced at Sushiana, a Kosher sushi restaurant in Highland Park, NJ. Sushiana recently moved from its original cramped quarters into a new, spacious location, and has been rolling out an expanded menu including Chinese and Thai dishes.

I had photographed the original menu, and many of these photos can be seen now on Sushiana's web site. But with so many new dishes added, it was time to take more photos.

I'm working on the images, and hope to post them here in a few days. But I also brought my "street" camera, the Fujifilm X-Pro 1, and as food was being prepared I roamed around the kitchen and store to get a flavor for what goes on behind the scenes. Here are some of the results.

(Note: All photos © Mason Resnick and my not be reproduced without permission. See note at the end of this post.)

Owner Michael Kornblum puts together a list of dishes for me to photograph while sushi chefs Larry and Albert work in the background.

Lights, camera...living wall! I chose the Living Wall, a visual focal point of the restaurant, to be my background. As you'll see when I post the photos, the big windows on the right became a factor in how I ended up lighting many of the dishes.

Busy kitchen: Chef and staff prepare meals for photos as well as for the day's guests as they start arriving during the shoot.

Dessert! Sushiana's new dessert chef prepares something that looks like it will be delicious...and chocolatey. Sushiana's dessert menu has expanded.

The "already shot" table.

Stay tuned to see the results both here and on Sushiana.com!

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR LOCAL PUBLICATIONS! I am flattered that so many of you like my photos so much have published them in your publications. I'm not so thrilled, however, that my photos often appear without my permission and without attribution. That's called STEALING. Please email me at masonresnick@gmail.com if you wish to publish my photos in the future.