This was a new and difficult type of photography for me. It’s one thing to eat food and another to take a picture of it! I’ve never been so intimidated by food! Not only does it require a camera and light, but styling it! This could include silverware, dishes, ingredients of the recipe, tablecloths, napkins, etc. I decided to do ice cream, but if I had to do it over again, I would choose something that wasn’t so quick to melt!


I first set up a plain white platter on a dark material. I arranged some mint leaves, chocolate chips, and took some practice shots to make sure my speedlite and camera where at the correctly exposed settings. I scooped some ice cream onto the plate and began taking pictures. Things seemed to be going well, but it wasn’t until it came to editing that I realized how poorly my eye had trained on manual focus in the dark. Luckily, I had some that turned out.


After a couple of shots, the ice cream began to melt. I placed the platter in the freezer and made plans to capture better shots. When the ice cream refroze, I placed the mint leaves in the ice cream, cluttered the chocolate chips, and drizzled chocolate syrup randomly over the dish. I took some more shots and captured the image below.


Although it wasn’t perfect, I am happy with how it turned out compared to the difficulty. The ice cream melted fast! Food photography is a fun challenge. It was definitely worth the time to prepare the setting and elements within the image to make the food even more visually appealing.

Original, unedited image






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