Before I even knew what I wanted to do with lighting and composition, I knew what food I wanted to photograph. If you’ve ever seen Fantastic Mr. Fox, you know about Mrs. Bean’s Nutmeg Ginger Apple Snaps. You probably also know that they are very photogenic and very fall-esk. So I looked up a recipe and baked away, just for this photo project.

Indoor Food Photography Lighting

I know with food photography, you’re better off using natural light in most cases, but I didn’t have any at the time so I went with my trusty speed light again. This time on a lower power so I could get some studio quality black background instead of my ugly kitchen. Similar to my other product photography posts, I positioned the light right in front of the cookie, hanging slightly above and angled down.

I guess I did spice things up this time, because I included an auxiliary light with a warm tint to it. You can see it in some of the images.

 

Indoor Food Photography Composition

I’m not going to lie, composition is something I struggle the most with. Even with guides from other talented people like Use Your Noodles, I still struggle trying to figure things out. That being said, I knew what objects to include with my food product to make it stand out.

Obviously, I needed the apples, but a basket, cinnamon sticks and a pretty kitchen cloth brought it all together. To make it look like I had more apples than I actually had, I put in newspaper underneath the cloth and put the fruit on top. Here’s some originals I ended up with.

Indoor food photography product composition done by Merritt J. Jones

Indoor food photography product composition done by Merritt J. Jones

Indoor food photography product composition done by Merritt J. Jones

Indoor food photography product composition done by Merritt J. Jones

Indoor food photography product composition done by Merritt J. Jones

Indoor food photography product composition done by Merritt J. Jones

 

Food Photography Editing

Editing was fairly simple. I used Camera Raw and Photoshop to adjust exposure, color, and add a couple of my favorite filters. Here’s the final food product shots.

Indoor food photography product composition done by Merritt J. Jones after photoshop edits

Indoor food photography product composition done by Merritt J. Jones after photoshop edits

Indoor food photography product composition done by Merritt J. Jones after photoshop edits

Indoor food photography product composition done by Merritt J. Jones after photoshop edits

Indoor food photography product composition done by Merritt J. Jones after photoshop edits

Indoor food photography product composition done by Merritt J. Jones after photoshop edits