So… after the first day of the Food Styling and Food Photography class we were sent home with a homework assignment, we had to think of what we wanted to shoot the next day and we were responsible for all the food and prop styling. Now let me tell you, normally I don’t have a hard time thinking of what to cook, bake or eat… but for some reason I had the HARDEST time thinking of what I wanted to use in my photoshoot. I didn’t want to pick something easy because I could figure that out at home. I wanted to pick something that would be visually appealing but at the same time I wanted to use all natural tricks so my product was still edible. After much thought on the drive home I decided on mini cheesecakes with graham cracker crusts and toppings!
And this is how it turned out…
Ok I am not one to brag, well… actually… maybe I am, but how fabulous does that cheesecake look! And the crumbs, and those cute glasses… I just want to grab a fork and dig into that mini cheesecake!
Matt taught me all F-Stops, ISO, exposures etc… all of which I learned in High School but have since forgot!
Here are some other shots with different settings…
You can find the Cheesecake recipe here: Cheesecake – You can also adjust the shape and size as well as the crust type however you want!
Its crazy to think that 1 little button on your camera makes all the difference in the world! Here are a few quick tips for photographing and styling your food
- Always Always ALWAY use natural light
- Using a light reflector can totally change the feel of your photo (see examples below)
- Use the manual setting on your camera and play around with the different settings! Try taking pictures with different ISO’s and exposures will help you figure out what looks best!
- Props are also your best friend – make your photo interesting!
- Think about ways to make your photo different and interesting, adding different backgrounds, garnishes etc.
Okay… onto the second photo, which is actually the first but I wanted to share the cheesecake first!
I really wanted to experiment with an ingredient shot… and this is what I came up with!
Notice the difference between the first photo and the second. The second looks totally dramatic, at least to me, and its because instead of using a white reflector board – Matt suggested I try it with a black board, and the results look great! I personally love both photos but they each have different feels to them!
After 2 days of soaking up a TON of knowledge from Denise, Cindy and Matt, I am heading off to the art supply store to pick up some much needed supplies and will be visiting each and every garage sale, antique store and flee market to find some fabulous props of my own!
I am so excited you are making one of my recipes and I would love to see how it turns out. Make sure to share it on instagram and tag me @whatsgabycookin so I can see your masterpiece!