I love food, y’all. And I’m betting you do, too. You know what else I love? Photos of food.
Lately I’ve been obsessing over food photography. The more I see, the more I’m astounded by its artistry, especially moody photography. (Some call it ‘dark’ food photography.)
Seriously. Look at these photos and tell me they’re not works of art:
So I went with pumpkins I purchased a couple weeks ago for tabletop decor.
I created a makeshift (AKA ghetto, bush league) studio in my dining room, which tuned out like this:
Using my Canon Rebel XSi, natural light, cardboard (light diffuser), and a highly used cookie sheet, here’s one of three shots I kept after an hour or so of shooting:
The unedited version (shot in RAW) isn’t that bad. But I knew a little Photoshop would take it to the next level.
I used some advice I read the other day: photo editing is like applying makeup. Don’t overdo it or you’ll look like a clown. Use it to simply enhance what’s already there.
With my beginner knowledge of Photoshop (and a few Google searches, not gonna lie), here’s the final product:
See how the edited version looks richer and has more depth? Look at the before and after side-by-side:
Without getting too tutorial-ish, here’s what I edited:
- Cropped the photo to better follow the rule of thirds
- Increased the contrast overall, and even more so in the background
- Adjusted the curves overall (which I’d say is a more manual way of changing the tone and contrast of an image)
- Removed the blue-like spots in the green creases caused by the lighting
Larger version of the edited shot
Not half bad for a total newb, I must say.
Stick around for more—this was too much fun to remain a one-time experiment.
Also, I’d love your tips! If you have photo editing experience, let me know what I could have done better. I’d love your feedback.