Photo Title & Link: Dobos Torte
Blog Name & Link: Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy
Technical Details: The shot was taken on a rainy day by a southeast facing window. I used two Lowell Ego Lights, one to the right and behind the subject and the other on the left , facing it.
Photo Editing: Using Photoshop Elements, I first adjusted the shadows and highlights. Then, I adjusted the levels to get a whitewashed effect in the background, and to brighten up the cake. After that, I sharpened the photo using the unsharp mask.
I still wasn’t happy with the composition, so I tried cropping it a few different ways to see if I could make it more interesting. This was the version I liked best.
Setup Details: I used white foamboard to cover my window seat and for the background. I set the cake in the center and put a small white milk pitcher behind it on one side and a small white bowl of raspberries behind it on the other side. For some reason, I found the berries distracting, so I cropped them out. I really liked the way the pitcher kind of fades into the background.
Props: 8-inch white plate for the cake, white milk pitcher, and white bowl filled with raspberries.
Additional Food Photography Tips: There is a lot you can do with Photoshop Elements to make your pictures pop, and it costs less than $100. Before you spend a small fortune on the full version of PS, play around with Elements. I’ve been using it for over a year and am pretty happy with it. I plan to upgrade some day, but I’d rather save my money right now to buy another great lens for my camera.
Also, I’ve really gotten fond of using Picnik, and it is free.
Just a few announcements:
- The winner, drawn by Random.org, of the Boneca Linda Camera Strap is…. Jamie from My Baking Addiction. Thank you Jamie for your participation and congratulations! You can pick out your camera strap by visiting the Boneca Linda Etsy Store here.
- All entries for the month of September will be entered to win a new copy of the book Digital Food Photography by Lou Manna. Snapshot spotlights, individual posts and Through the Lens participants are all included in each months drawing. The more you contribute, the more chances you have to win!
- Speaking of Through the Lens… we hope you’ll join us in our current Through the Lens assignment. Imagine you have been asked by a magazine to photograph a Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwich. How would you approach that assignment? Check out the details on Through the Lens here. Deadline is Thursday, September 10th.