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Sounds like a grand idea. Perhaps one of eGullet's hosts (who have the power) can edit/pin a little "Rules & Reg's" at the top of this thread stating such: "Anything posted in this one thread is fair game and no copy rights apply."
Being able to freely tweak pictures would be of great help.
edited to say: Having said that, here is a before & after of the Egg picture after running "Auto Contrast" & "Auto Color" in Photoshop:
Going back to your original intention (showing off the texture as opposed to showing off your meal), having the light coming from a back angle helps show off the texture better than a front-facing light. And a side fill might even wash out any texture you were going for. You would have to play with the light placement in relation to your subject to find the ideal texture...which is why most food photographers use studios with lights they can move, barn door, scrim, etc.
But note that this kind of photography is going to be an exception for the intention of this thread (or what the intension of this thread should be). Most eGulleteer's will want to find out the basics techniques so they can post semi-decent images of their meals/dishes/ingredients. You're going a little beyond that...
Edited by Toliver, 16 June 2004 - 02:16 PM.