Food Photography Of Mini Cake
To tell you the truth, there isn’t really a whole lot I don’t like about this food photo.I think that the crop works really well.
Crop – I usually use spoons, forks or knives as design filler elements to round out the composition of the photo, but in this case, the spoon plays a more dominate roll. I don’t think that the spoon is at all distracting and I feel it adds to the eye flow of the photo. I find that I’m compelled to get the whole product (mini cake) in the shot and to pretty much center it in the frame. In this case, the cake isn’t quite centered, but almost… I need to fight that instinct, so not all my food compositions look the same, but I think this seems to work. But I always think that… I don’t know if this would be thought of as my style or my rut… I love the way the plate helps direct the viewer’s eye around the lower half of the photo and up the strawberries and back around to the main subject, the cake.
Props – I was a little worried that the color of strawberries would be a little too distracting, but I think that the color ended up being muted enough not to prove a compositional distraction. My eye still goes to the mini cake, and that’s what we were all looking to do. Even though you only see a little sliver of the surface, I think that it adds to the shot. It’s textural but it’s in keeping with the overall feel of the photo. This is one of the rare cases where I think a napkin really wouldn’t have added much to the shot.
Lighting – This is a great sample of using a glare light to blow out the background. By over-lighting the background, you really don’t need much in the way of props beyond the plate and this also tends to give the viewer of the photo an impression of “freshness”. Spoons are always a pain in the butt to photograph and the same glare light is the light that ends up preventing the spoon from being mostly black.
Focus – This image was shot with my aperture wide open to give a little romance to the photo. Since this wasn’t really a product shot where we had to see every little nook and cranny of the subject, I was allowed to let parts of the product go out-of-focus.
Camera – Arca Swiss 6×9 View Camera
Lens – Schneider 120mm Super Angulon
Lights – Norman with Chimera light boxes