I have never really tried food photography before. Often I have thought about it, but never have the time, since I am the one that cooks in this house. It is hard to keep the camera in the kitchen when I am cooking, for safety and mostly the lack of space. There is not a lot of natural light over by the cook-top, so I never really thought of taking “action cooking shots”.
This is the first year that I have planted anything, and our cayenne peppers have been extremely happy, since we have them surrounded in a soaker hose. The other day, my husband brought in a bunch of cayenne peppers from our very own plants. We counted 29 peppers that were ready all at once. Not only do I now have to come up with some recipes to to use all these peppers, but I thought I should take some photos of these beautiful cayennes. I have never had so many peppers at once, and I have not had any experience with food photography, but I wanted to try.
I took the peppers outside on my deck, and brought a green blanket to put underneath them. I used the natural light, coming from the side as my main light and used a small reflector, with gold side up for fill. The gold side of the reflector makes the light seem a little warmer, which I thought would make the photos look better. I arranged all my peppers on the blanket and took pictures with 1 hand while holding the reflector with the other. This would have been a great time to have a helping hand, but my son wouldn’t stay still long enough to help, and he was busy stealing the peppers off of the blanket.
The bright red made a great contrast from the green blanket. I had just one pepper that had an end that curled over. That pepper immediately became the star of the show. Here are the photos of my very own cayenne peppers.
View my other post on another “first adventure” in HDR