Last semester I taught a lighting class at Francis Marion University and we covered a variety of lighting techniques as well as subject matter. I decided to do a food photography project with my students where they had to choose a recipe, prepare the recipe (either themselves or have someone else prepare it), and they had to photograph it, of course. But the best part of the whole project was that they had to bring the food in they photographed (even if they had to make it again) and we all pigged out while we critiqued our work. I participated in this one because I refused to be left out. I have always wanted to try my hand at food photography because for one, I love food (especially chocolate), and I love the act of arranging these in different ways and experimenting with lighting. We all learned so much, especially a deeper appreciation for super awesome food photographers because this takes so much patience. One of the other things I love about photographing food is that you can come up with all kinds of DIY lighting techniques. Most of these are a mix of window light and a little fill flash or bounced flash. I started at my Mom’s house. She made the cupcakes (thanks Mom!) and then I went through the entire process again in my apartment after I learned a few things the first go round. So, here are my first attempts. Oh, and the recipe is at the bottom…enjoy these Mocha Caramel Cupcakes!! I “had to try it”…the cupcakes and the process!