Day 341 – Studio Still Life

Thanks to Sue making some amazing mince pies, and Tim’s help with the lighting, I had the opportunity to do some great still life, not forgetting of course Mike’s tip for a great background….

Setting the scene

Setting the scene

So this is the setup in studio… a soft box nice and close to the left, with no light falling onto the background, some fantastic props and a kingsize bed with some grey fabric draped over it.

side lit with a soft box

side lit with a soft box

This is the image – you can see the soft light coming from the left, the lovely rim lighting on the glasses and you can see how the light drops away as you move across the picture. We were even using a light meter to check. ISO200, F8, 1/125.

Added a reflector to bounce light back

Added a reflector to bounce light back

Adding a reflector to the right and you can see a subtle difference the orange is lit up slightly more…

Added a spot light on the background

Added a spot light on the background

This time a spot light was added to the background – this is where personal taste comes it – it works well to separate the food from the background but I really like the darker background.

Rearranged and the word "Noel" lit up.

Rearranged and the word “Noel” lit up.

I moved the word “noel” and wanted to had that lit up more… directing the light there, lighted up too much, but I could then edited a couple of versions of this image together to control the light best.

On editing I also realised the composition was to centralised for me, so in photoshop I carefully extended it a little and put the arrangement on the thirds…

Rearranged and the word "Noel" lit up, and extended

Rearranged and the word “Noel” lit up, and extended

But then what it really needed was a headline to accompany the recipe when Sue publishes it…

Rearranged and the word "Noel" lit up, and extended

Featured image – finished in photoshop.

Then the fun begins and you can change the lighting, rearrange and changing the props, eat half a mince pie, and you can showcase a completely different image. If I was an home I think a dusting on icing sugar on the chopping board would have lifted this image perfectly!

A different Christas Scene

A different Christmas Scene

Top tip from today – using ND filters and flash.. something I need to try – as you can get an even shallower depth of field – thanks Tim and Mike for the tip!