Decided it would be fun to bake some cakes, set up some food shots, and then, when we’d done, we could eat them, yum! I haven’t done much baking in the recent past – not good for the waistline!
I set the shot up in my kitchen, using my 50mm prime lens with a wide aperature, trying to avoid the shafts of sunlight ruining the shot and setting up my off-camera speedlight. I bought some ‘props’, which can be used ‘for real’ once I’ve got this project nailed.
I’ve since researched the skill of food styling, only to discover that for the most part making food look great for the camera means it becomes inedible. Like using PVA glue instead of milk for breakfast cereals, or using motor oil instead of maple syrup on pancakes. It always bothered me that the images of the Big Mac above the tills always made the real thing a huge disappointment. Now I know how some of it was done. I shall try to make my food shots as real as possible. No magic except for the cook’s skills and the photographer’s talent.