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Chocolate Love | Food Photography

My lighting class just finished up their food photography assignment last week. I couldn’t help but to participate because I was a bit jealous of what they were doing. So, I selected a recipe not only because I wanted to photograph it and had a specific type of lighting I wanted to work with, but because quite honestly, I wanted to eat it. So, I photographed some truffles and ate them too. It was fun, it was messy, it was hard work, it was yummy and I almost had a total wipe out in my kitchen (I almost fell off my table…well…I kinda did, but recovered quite nicely) I found this recipe for Salted Peanut Butter Caramel Chocolate Truffles from Half Baked Harvest and they did not disappoint. I’m not sure what was better, photographing them or eating them. This recipe definitely had a lot of steps, but it had me at caramel plus peanut butter plus chocolate…oh, yes. Totally worth it.

This is a photography blog, so back to photography. For anyone wondering, these were shot with a Canon 5D Mark iii and the Canon 50mm L/1.2 lens. The lighting set up is a mixture between natural and artificial light…can you tell the difference? I started out using natural light from a window in my kitchen. The setup was on my kitchen table pushed right up against the window. I had two clamps holding up two pieces of black foam board with just a peak of light coming between the two boards. I had to have another black board above for some of the shots to absorb more light. After I got through the first part of my recipe (took me longer that I thought to get the images I wanted), I lost my beautiful light coming through the window because it got really overcast and the direction of light changed so much. Being a full time photography professor and full time Mom, I was then challenged by finding the time and natural light I needed to complete the images. So, I decided artificial light was a must. I then used an Alien Bee with a soft box with the same black foam board setup to complete the project.

I certainly learned a lot, as is the usual case, when I derail from fine art to food photography. And thank you to Half-Baked Harvest for sharing your recipe. My students enjoyed the spoils too!