Every now and then I have the delicious assignment to shot food and products for the food blog “Veckans Middag“. Most often this emanates in a tremendous hunger and a lively salivation. (Wich is good for the teeth my denstist tells me). Here are some pictures newly shot.
Playing with available light only (and some reflectors), outdoors and indoors.
Here Cloetta´s Royal wedding edition chocolate. (The Wedding Chocolate) With blueberries and lingonberries! Among other delicious ingredients! If you happen to see some pieces of chocolate missing in the product shot I know nothing about it!
The fine italian ecological wine Dolce Vita Monica no 3745
Zeta, the fine brand of olives, oil and vinegar.
The studio is located in a very old building, the kind of building that has very deep windowsills. The window in the kitchen is right towards north. In a special time of the day, in a special time of the year, when the sun comes through a thin layer of clouds, it shines on the wall of a fairly high building to the opposite our kitchen window. The building has a warm, almost pink surface which is reflecting the light through the fairly dirty window which delivers a very rich, soft light.
That kind of light occured yesterday and luckily we happened to have some products perfect to be shot in this kind of light: A friend of my wifes has a nice business on Sicily, Citronodlingen, (The Lemon Orchard), at the foot of Etna. My wife had recently got some products sent to her from Citronodlingen for testing out and to tell about on her food blog.
This time it was chocolate, lemon cream, artichoke paste, and fantastic dried chili seeds.
The wall in the windowsill made a perfect backdrop and the light falling in through the window gave these jars with their delicious content a nice soft shine.
The Crema di Limoni is a complete success! And so is the Paté di Carciofi & Mandorle.
A tiny silver reflector to lighten up shadows a bit was all that was needed to get a good exposure here. I really like this light and I wish the window was four times bigger …
Not much happened in the studio this week, actually. Starting up a new isue of a comic magazine I produce twice a year. “Kalle Ankas Sommarlov” (Donald Duck´s Summer) An extra issue published all over the summer. A mix of cartoons and activity pages.
Looking for cartoons to the issue (I´m not drawing the cartoons, just choosing from Disneys bank of cartoons), planning the layout, thinking of a cover. Mostly administrative work in the startup. Nice and calm.
Going to do some food shots next week and I was browsing around my pictures to get some ideas of lighting. Maybe there will be enough available light through the windows to skip flashes?
Here are some pics I found in my archive. I really like to shoot food. Trying to make it look like available light.
My brother is a talented potter. This is part of a collection of coffee cups in his studio window.
(food styling; Sanna Ohlander)
I really like to shoot products on white. No clipping paths. The shadow shall be real. I like to set the lightning so it just needs a little fix in photoshop to be really white. A swedish customer, SBM Fordon, needed some of their products shot for advertismement purpose.
OK! It´s for nerds! I know! But it´s fun! Here is a lighning scheme!