Beautiful meals images in pure window gentle shouldn’t be as tough as you would possibly assume. It’s a fast and cost-effective solution to seize attractive meals photographs. It simply takes a little bit planning. It’s nice for within the studio and even at a restaurant.
Stage the set
I positioned three vinyl timber floorboards on the concrete ground within the studio, immediately in entrance of the window. I had a double thickness of sheers hung over the window with late morning solar (east dealing with window). The daylight was coming in, however indirectly as it might have been early within the morning.
I then staged our strawberry cupcake scene. I may have set this up on a desk, however we needed to shoot immediately down, so the ground is simpler for capturing.
Props, drops and equipment
I actually needed the cupcakes to shine as our Heroes, so we stored every thing pretty minimal. White plates — just a few with some gold trim — a white tiered cake stand and many contemporary strawberries. I additionally had a silver reflector leaning in opposition to a tripod on the left to bounce again in additional gentle.
As I used to be capturing as a flat lay (straight down), I used to be handholding my digital camera. I may have used a tripod however most popular the flexibility of capturing handheld. This did imply my ISO bought fairly excessive (ISO 4000).
I used to be capturing on Aperture Precedence with Auto ISO and a minimal shutter pace of 1/125s. I discovered that on Auto White Steadiness, my photographs had fairly a little bit of yellow creeping in, so I used the eyedropper in Lightroom to regulate the white steadiness throughout post-processing. I may have additionally used a grey card.
I discovered that I must overexpose my photographs based on the histogram to get every thing properly lit. I used Publicity Compensation at +2 stops. I nonetheless boosted the highlights and white in submit a contact as properly. I shot at f/2.8 on my Tamron 28-75mm lens.
Crimson is hard
Crimson is a tough coloration to get proper in photographs, particularly with meals. The proper white steadiness may be very useful. I additionally discover that boosting the vibrancy, and never the saturation, works too. Boosting the saturation makes the reds all too typically look faux.
One closing tip
Whereas I typically say to spray contemporary fruit with water to make it look contemporary, do NOT spray any water round or subsequent to the cream, because it typically has disastrous outcomes. In order that the ‘cream’ stored its form, we whipped cream, sugar and cream cheese collectively. It nonetheless tastes beautiful, nevertheless it appears to be like even higher.