Have you ever seen food advertisements or catalogues? Doesn't the food look so provocative?
Well taking these pictures is VERY challenging. There are many things a photographer has to consider and adjust to capture the most delicious pictures. While beign in the workshop I was very impressed with all the techniques and small details that impacted the picture. Something as simple as setting the right or left light can totally change the picture because of the shadow it creates.
Personally I would set dark desserts in white backgrounds and light desserts in black backgrounds.
This is not right, Willie told us that when you set the desserts in black backgrounds they loose their clarity because the black background absorbs all the light and it makes the product look dull. As a photographer you want your product to shine, this is why you need to use white backgrounds. Also if you want your dessert to shine and look sparkly in the picture you need to spray oil in it, this will add the effect. Food companies who make photo shoots usually waste many products since they paint them, spray glycerine or oil and manipulate the product in general just so it looks perfect in the pictures. It is impressive how they decive the people. This is why products always look better in pictures than live.
Reflectors help you manipulate the light so it goes in different directions and alleviates the shadow.
The snoot is like a tube that allows the photographer to control the direction of the light. It creates a spot light effect.
The light box is used for close- up's in photography. It allows you to grab good lightning to get detailed photos.