Food Photography Styling Walkthrough – Tomatoes and Pepper – this week I had these very tasty and visually fun ingredients to work with, so I decided to get a picture of them together. I got them from a roadside stand, and I wanted to get that summery, homegrown vibe across in my picture.I put them on the table to get an idea how they’ll photograph. I chose the weathered wooden tray and the tin for the tomatoes because I think they speak to the summery, homegrown vibe. The pepper looks awkward there, kind of like it’s menacing the tomatoes. Funny but not what I’m going for.
My camera settings are ISO 800, f/3.5, shutter speed 1/60. Which I end up changing a few shots later to get more tomatoes in focus.
*floomph* the whiteboard I have propped up to reflect light falls over on everything.Ok, got that back up. It moved everything around just slightly, and kind of smooshed some of the twine down which looks better. I also think it’s looking too bright and not enough tomatoes are in focus, so I go up to f/4.5 and adjust the shutter speed so it’s slightly underexposed. Looks kind of evening-y, I like it. But see how there’s two pieces of twine wrapping around the pepper, and only one emerges at the top? Hmm.Added another piece of twine there, and slightly tugged the lower piece down so it looks looser and less controlled. I’m afraid the pepper’s looking dull since I changed the f-stop.I angle a small mirror near the pepper to reflect light on it. It works, lights it right up. Yay! Almost done I think, but that tomato in the upper left looks like he’s trying to sneak out of the shot.Caught him. And set him close to the twine and the gap in the boards. Ok, I’m liking this. It feels summery and fresh and rustic, and the tomatoes are frolicing around and the pepper looks big and earthy. I think that’ll do it for my peppers and tomatoes.