Introducing…The Recipe Book

Have you ever seen a picture and thought, ” I would love to be able to create that look with my camera”?  Have you ever tried to cook a dinner and thought, “I could never do this without a recipe”?  Then you have come to the right place!  Starting today Cooper and O’Hara will be releasing recipes every Thursday for some of our favorite images we have taken.


The idea behind the recipe book is to allow you to log on every Thursday, download the recipe, and learn about everything that went into a  certain shoot in an easy and fun way.  Each recipe will contain the Ingredients – liquid and dry, (concept and gear).  It will then have the Method, providing diagrams breaking down the lighting setup, composition, etc..  After that will be Plating, ( Post-processing/Photoshop).  Finally, Digesting (Summary).  After reading a recipe you will be able to create a very similar image to what we have created, but that isn’t the goal of the recipes.  Each recipe will have different tips and tricks to take away from the lesson.  Our goal is that you will not only copy the look, but use each tip and apply it to your own style.  To relate it to cooking it would be like using the recipe over and over until you become comfortable enough to start adding your own spices to it.

Who is it for?

These recipes will be geared toward anyone looking at receiving a little bit more knowledge about the craft.  Certain recipes will be more advanced than others, but they will have important take-aways for all levels.  Our goal is to provide an education for anyone who is truly looking to better themselves and their craft.

How much does it cost?

The great thing about these recipes is that they are free!!!  All you have to do is pay with a tweet.  This means that your twitter will pop up and prompt you to tweet a link to the recipe.  If you don’t have twitter there will be Facebook and Linkedin options as well.  Each recipe will only be available on our site for two weeks, so make sure you act fast.

After a certain number of weeks the pre-existing recipes will be compiled into a recipe e-book. This book will provide the same recipes you have received for free on our site along with extra information that expands on every topic.  The e-book will be broken up into appetizers, entrees, and desserts.  The actual e-book will progress in a linear fashion from simpler concepts and set-ups to more advanced knowledge.


Thank you for taking the time to read this introduction.  You are almost at the part where you can download the first recipe!  We are very excited about this project and hope that you are too.  As we said before, our goal is to provide you with real world applications of techniques that you can then go and apply to your own style.  We hope these  recipes will provide you with a drop of  knowledge, an ounce of inspiration, and a dash of fun!

Without further ado, the first recipe!


Head to the bottom of the page to get the recipeAs part of our Everything Edmonton project we recently photographed Nevin, chef and co-owner of Drift food truck. If you aren’t from Edmonton, or don’t know about Drift, let me tell you, these guys make some of the best sandwiches you can get just about anywhere. With an ever-changing menu inspired by international cuisine, and an emphasis on local producers, Drift is a really something special. It’s no doubt why they were awarded Avenue Magazine’s 2013 Best Food Truck of the City!

It’s only fitting that we’d make the first  photo recipe out of a food truck editorial shoot. This recipe will be available for free until July 11, 2013, so get it while it’s hot! We simply require that you “pay” with a Tweet (or Facebook, or LinkedIn). You can access the book by using the button below.

Click the image below to get your copy of the photo recipe.

Update: This Photo Recipe is no longer available. Check out our newest Taste of Photography Freebies here

Stay tuned for more news on the Photo Recipes becoming available for purchase.




  1. There was a minor technical mishap where you may not have been able to access the file when trying to download. It’s all be resolved now, so please retry, or contact us directly if you don’t want to tweet again.

    1. Hey Lorie, thanks for sharing. When you clicked the button to post it to facebook there should have been another button after that said “Access Now”. Just for the future, that’s what you click. I’m going to email you the PDF right now so that you don’t have to share it again. Unless, of course, you really love the recipe and want to share it again with people!

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