Monday, January 18, 2010

Food Photography: Chocolate chip banana muffins

chocolate chip banana muffins

Some more window-light food shots, this time delicious chocolate chip banana muffins straight from the oven! There is even some whole wheat flour in them so they're not only a serving of fruit, but also some fiber too! Practically health food if you ask me...

Threw these on my coffee table with the windows behind, and in front of the muffins put two white shirt boxes to act as reflectors. Same as before, camera was on aperture priority, ISO 100, plus 1 1/3 stops exposure compensation. No meters or anything, you can all do this at home. Just need a tripod, since at f/8 the camera gave me 1/2 second shutter speed. This was the first shot:

chocolate chip banana muffins

Looked good to me, but the glare in the plates in the upper left corner was kind of distracting, so I used a reflector to block the direct sunlight from that part of the image. No reflector? Anything would work, you can use your shoe provided it's big enough!

setup

Above is the setup shot, with the chef holding the reflector. The other white box in the upper right corner is there for the same reason. It is there to block (the photography term is "flag") the unwanted light from producing glare on the shiny table.

Here is another shot with a different angle:

chocolate chip banana muffins

Same settings as before, just moved the aperture to f/11. This time I had to flag sunlight from hitting the plate that the muffin is sitting on to block all the glare:

setup

The setup shot above shows all the glare that I didn't want. Add the trusty reflector from above like this:

setup

and the glare is gone! Just remember to have your camera focus and meter the exposure after you add the flag since you're cutting the amount of light by adding the flag. What else could I have done to get rid of the glare? I guess moving the whole setup back a few feet would help, or shooting at a different time of day when the sun isn't shining right down through the window. But who has time for those things when you have so much blogging to do?

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