Impromptu Kitchen Shoot
The other night, I was chopping up veggies for the week, and looked down at the color combination, and thought, “I should capture that.” So I grabbed my Canon Rebel T4i and my iPhone (I don’t have professional gear), and began shooting while I continued to prep my salad. I always love the colors and textures of food, so capturing and enhancing them has often come to mind.
I started off with the colors of the chopped peppers. From the chopped bits, I continued on with the last red pepper, and did some styling on the cutting board, but didn’t like where it was going. Using the remote shutter on the Canon, and the flash on my iPhone, I was having fun playing with lighting and shadows, within the limitations of my gear.
Still there wasn’t much taking shape. Noticing too many shadows creeping into my frame, I decided to turn the lights off, and only use my iPhone light to illuminate the image. The results were great, and I got two glowing images that I really like. The first, I propped the iPhone behind the pepper being cut, with the flash right up against the back, is it illuminated the pepper creating an inner glow. Much like when we were kids, playing with flash lights, putting the lamp in our mouth so our faces would glow. The effect worked great, and the shot came together.
One last pepper to go, before dinner, so I chopped the top off, and looked inside, to remove the innards. The bottom of the pepper looked fantastic, so I knew I had one more shot to do. I set up the pepper, so I could see down into it’s “belly”, and began shooting. Again, the lighting was poor, so I tried the iPhone backlighting in the dark technique. Once again, the results were fantastic. If the image wasn’t part of this set, it would be fun trying to identify what it actually is.
I must do more like this. It was quick, and fun, and the three images worked out beautifully.