Continuing my run of product shoots this last week I did my first food photoshoot!
This was for my friend Maxine who’s starting a new business – Wheat Free Cakes.
Here’s a quick selection:
Food photography tends to have re-occurring elements, and since her business is just starting and this is my first food shoot I thought might as well stick to those, give or take:
- Shallow depth of field
- Light or Hi-key
- Natural light as much as possible
- Warm/homely tones such as wood surfaces
We shot on Maxine’s dinning room table: Wood – check
Aperture wise they were shot around f2.0 to f2.5 on my 50mm f1.4 lens. Looking at them in more detail – I think I should have stuck around the f2.5 mark, or possibly even more – as the closer you get to something (aka focal distance is shorter) the depth of field gets shallower for a set aperture.
For the light – the table was close to patio doors and there was sufficient light to shoot at shutter speeds of 1/250 to 1/160 at ISO 100-160 – so light – check. Thankfully it was also a slightly overcast day – although this might be bad for landscape photography it can be very good for other types of photography as it totally softens the light reducing or completely removing shadows. Great for this purpose.
So go view + join her Facebook page at : https://www.facebook.com/LoveWheatFreeBaking
And maybe even buy some cakes – Yum.