Posts tagged “Food Photography

A Little Pepper (Two Photographs)

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This was a test of two things that generally apply in photography: hard light versus soft light and post-processing reduction of specular highlights. The shadows show the difference in hard versus soft light, and I think most would prefer softer lighting. Specular highlights are areas where the bright light almost obliterates the subject and leaves a white spot. While healing tools can fix this, to keep things natural I have kept the range of tonality.


Garlic (Two Photographs)

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Having gone through two other similar set ups, the lighting for this subject was easier. This is one of the all time truths of photography. Every genre has a learning curve and at first it’s daunting and a bit of perseverance is the only solution. You read the manual and the solution never quite comes out the same, the recipe needs your own touch.


Artichokes (Two Photographs)

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There is a fair amount of work required in the processing of still life; to clean up, to adjust colour, and to ensure a usable background. These shots proved easier than most, and I found the black and white versions far superior to the original colour versions.


Side-lit and Back-lit (Three Photographs)

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I tried side lighting, very much like window lighting (first colour photograph), and it worked especially with a polarizing filter to tone down some of the highlights. The black and white and second colour were back-lit. I am told this is done quite a bit with food photography (you bounce the light back into the front the subjects with a white board or reflector. The idea is the light pulls the viewer in as the light spills over the top or so I am told (certainly a lighting pattern to try again to see what other results I can get).