I had planned to photograph the smoothie (which is a raspberry/purple color) in a plain clear tumbler glass, slice of fresh lemon on the edge, with an orange straw that has a pink stripe running down it, against a white background with a little bit of a shadow.
I actually stole a handful of straws from Dunkin’s this morning for this project. Though after doing some Goggling I found some articles that area giving me some different ideas and variations I’d really like to try also!
Food Photography Inspiration and Lessons
- Food Photography – An Introduction – This article from the Digital Photography School website shows three photographic samples that all display the food against a lovely complementary/contrasting background color and pattern. There’s some tips too but I found that the images were more powerful than the message the tips.
- Sweep & Float – This great lesson from the Still Life With…(Food Styling and Photography) may have been a selling point for my not doing a white background. I don’t think I have the tools, materials and lighting I would need to create a good seamless white background to create the illusion of the subject floating against a white background.
- A UK Beer Blogger made photographing beer look easy using the techniques in that lesson!
Despite how easy the beer blogger makes it look, I am less than confident about the materials I have to create the Sweep & Float setup, maybe this is the right time to try and make the DIY $10 macro photo studio. I have a number of boxes from my move still lying around and I know I have plenty of vellum and large sketchpad paper to create this mini-studio.
- How to Food Photography – From one of the many informative articles on the food portfolio website this one talks all about lighting: how smaller (closer) lights get detail, and bigger lights reduce detail and cast softer shadows. The article also bring to light (ha ha) some great examples of non traditional direction of lights and fantastic samples of how gels can really spice up a scene.
The article also points out, in a number of shots, how to use the translucency of different foods can be used to really bring that part of the dish to live. Especially with the lettuce and shrimp tale shot and the lemon shot.
- Food Photography Tips – This article also speaks of how important the backgrounds as well as some other technical aspects such as lenses, ISO, color balance as well as composition.
- Shoot First, Eat Later – And of course a brief from Food & Wine Magazine.
- Cucumber & Apricot Smoothie by Thorsten (tk.photography)
- Tropical Lime Smoothie (2/2) by Thorsten (tk.photography)
- Strawberry Smoothie by Thorsten(tk.photography)
- 9 by beyondthesparkle
- Essential Strawberry Smoothie by Thorsten (tk.photography)
- Mango Milkshake by csourav
- Berries and Cream Smoothie by SweetCapture
- Smoothie Recipe by jamieanne
- smile smoothie by plainliving_flickr
So from those articles I’ve decided I need to stop at a fabric store and grab some interesting orange backdrop. The right orange will provide beautiful contrast to the pink/purple drink and will *hopefully* make the lemon and smoothie really pop. Also, I will create the $10 studio for both the backdropped version as well as an attempt at the floating glass shots. I will try lighting the beverage from a number of different angles, using the translucency of the lemon to try and see if that brings too much attention to the lemon accent, or helps to really lead the eye to the drink.
Photos of the Smoothie
Inspiration on Flickr
On a side note, during my Google search I found this from the food photographer