Blog Post 12 - An Attempt At Food Photography

This week I decided to attempt food photography. The inspiration came to me when I saw a yogurt parfait photography on a business mailer and thought that I would be able to do it better. I started by drawing out the composition of the photo. For me, this process entails drawing out an arial view of my whole set up which includes the subject, the setting, and lighting. The reason I like to include the lighting in a drawing is because it allows me visualize where light beams are going and therefore map out where the shadows are going to be cast. Once the diagram was finished, I set up the photoshoot. I used rounded glasses for the photo because I felt it made the yogurt look very visually appealing since I was using a layering system. The recipe was as follows

layer | Ingredient | amount
1  | Vanila Yogurt | 3 Tbsp
2 | Thom's Granola | 1/4 cup
3 | Stawberries | 1/3 cup
4 | Blue Berries | 1/3 cup
5 | Vanila Yogurt | 3 Tbsp
6 | Thom's Granola | 1/4 cup
7 | Stawberries | 1/3 cup
8 | Blue Berries | 1/3 cup

I set up the photoshoot on a barn wood table with old pallet wood screwed together in the background creating a blurry wooden backing for the whole photo. I used a table as a setting because the brown contrasted well with the red, white, and blue of the yogurt cup. For lighting I only used two flashes. In order to create soft light on the subject of any flash photo you take, you need to diffuse it. Diffusion is eventually spreading out light to create a soft and evenly lit subject. The first flash was to the right of the table pointing toward a reflector disk I had set up on the front left corner of the table. When that flash is fired, the light travels over the top of the glass (creating a soft glow on the top strawberries), then onto the reflector where they hit and disperse, reflecting back evenly to light the front and left half of the photograph. The second flash was located to the left of the table, firing light over the back of the scene (lighting the background and the rear left of the glass) before bouncing off of a reflector placed on the right side of the table and evenly distributing to the back right of the glass. This set up created a very even light across the photo. One of the best things about photography is when you are able to get the settings as close as you can in the camera because you don’t have to do much work in post to finish it up. Food photography is really fun to do (aside from having to keep yourself from eating the subject of the photoshoot) and I plan on doing it more in the future so look out for that!

Until next week! - Evan