Few days ago I made delicious biscotti, as my KitchenAid Artisan 5-qt. Stand Mixer mixer was working its fluffy love into the butter and sugar I started to think about : "How am I going to take a picture of these?" I decided not to dip them in chocolate, although super delicious cookies, they look pretty ordinary to the eye and to take a photo that looks appetizing and talks to you in a way so you want to eat that cookie is a hard task, well at least for me it is.
I wish there was a way to capture the smell .. just as they came out of the oven, but smell vision is yet to be discovered. They really smell heavenly, and what I love about these is that not only they smell good they also taste good and you can enjoy them throughout the whole week as they keep really well in the airtight container..well that is if you can hold yourself back from these. Sometimes I think I need a biscotti restraining order...so I don't eat them so quickly.Yum I'm eating one right now. Recipe.
Back to the subject..PICTURE PERFECT BISCOTTI. I knew I wanted to take a picture of them in the glass, 1- the glass I used in my photo with the bell shape cup I bought at the Dollar Store weeks ago,and what a smart move that was, it worked out perfectly.
2- small container with the napkin inside, well in fact that container I bought at a craft store for 33 cents/ I also used it in this photo -EASTER------------------------------>
and as for the napkin, I'll let you in on my secret. Few weeks ago I visited a local nursery and I spotted a wall covered with decorative paper napkins, paper plates and I was just stunned, I think I spent good 10 minutes just going through all of them, absolutely gorgeous collection , one in particular caught my eye...there was a blossom image and so stunningly beautiful :
so I took one package and then I saw the price...$8/20 napkins/ All would be fine, but I only needed one napkin, I wanted to buy them as a prop for my food photos, so with the deep sadness I put it back on the shelf, as I was leaving the store I spotted the same blossom design on the 3 - hankies, they were $1.98, so I bought them.
Just like I have done before I ironed the paper napkin.
YES, I DID.
Use the steam setting, it smooths out the creases perfectly.
Another example where I used ironed paper napkins are these photos:
---> These napkins I bought at Ikea, they are wonderful, really a great find, the quality is superb, they are pretty thick for a paper napkin and are quite large too. They have a nice soft feel to them.
Another example of paper napkin ----------------->
4-Ladybug Ribbon - gift from a friend, but I'm sure you can get it the craft store.
5- Azalea flower
As for my set up here is a complex photo
A - always use tripod when taking food photos, I have my camera set on self timer to eliminate any shaking
B - my favorite tool, light diffuser, I also like to use silver reflector, but it wasn't necessary for this photo.
I will be posting a short tutorial about light diffuser soon.
-for this shot I used my Nikon with 17-55mm f/2.8G. I love this lens so much, it gives you a sharp image at maximum focus, just love that!!Wonderful lens with versatile use.I highly recommend this one!
-manual settings for ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed
-I took about 10 different photos, I only ended up using 2 of them.
Basic Photo Tips -aperture,shutter speed,ISO
Tips on Food Photography
Food Photography setup
Here are the the final shots: