Technical Details: This photo was taken near a big southeast facing window on a very overcast day. I lit one side of the subject from the side opposite the window and used the white board as a bounce on the other side.
Photo Editing: I currently use Photoshop Elements 6 and/or Picnik to edit my photos. I used Photoshop on this one. I didn’t care for the original photo composition once I saw it on the screen. So, I played around with cropping it until I got something more pleasing to me. I also felt the photo was a little dark and dull, so I adjusted the levels and brightened it up a little. I adjusted the color slightly to make the ribbon pop and “warm up” the shot. The last thing I did was sharpen the photo up a little with the Unsharp Mask.
Setup Details: I have a big bay window with a window seat in my bedroom. I removed the cushions on the window seat, and that is the “table” I use for taking photographs The windows are on the southeast side of the house. There are lots of trees around the house, so all of the natural light is filtered. While not ideal, it is the ONLY place in my house that gets any kind of significant natural light. To supplement the natural light I have, I use one or two Ego lights, as needed. I also use white foam board and sometimes small mirrors as reflectors. I always, always, always use a sturdy tripod! And, I also always use a remote shutter release. My hands are way too shaky!
I shoot most of my food photos with a macro lens. It is easier for me to get sharp, clear shots with it. Also, I like to focus on the actual food when I take pictures.
Props: I tend to go for simpler set-ups in order to showcase the food. In this shot, I wrapped the ice cream sandwiches in wax paper and tied them with pink ribbons. I placed the sandwiches right on a metal baking sheet, because I thought the silver background would be a nice contrast with the ice cream sandwiches.