Was busy washing some peppers when the idea came up to photograph them – they just seemed so photogenic…
For those interested in the setup and having some fun, here’s a quick tutorial. Not much pepperation was done as there was not much time for the photo shoot – my wife still needed to dice and cook them for dinner.
Gear & Props
Nikon 50mm Lens
1 x Soft box*
1 x Flash
Two sexy peppers
Focal length 50mm
Shutter Speed 1/30
TTL Flash Metering
The set-up was prepared on a table, and a soft box was mounted above the subjects. A standard reflector was then placed behind the table as backdrop (black) to make sure the background stays black. Some plain A4 paper was used as reflectors, to kick some fill light into the shadows of the ‘mini studio’ scene and positioned next to the peppers. A small piece of glass was then placed in front of the peppers to create some reflections in the foreground, although a large sheet of shiny black Perspex would’ve been ideal. A dark room is needed to photograph the subject in.
The set up on a study desk with props
Straight out of camera result
As you can see, there were a few flaws in the scene; the edge of the glass shows up and the reflections are not very good, this is where a large sheet of glossy Perspex would’ve overcome this challenge. I just removed these imperfections carefully with my fingers, in Photoshop, and applied some selective blur on the foreground reflections.
Some final tweaks and spices and voila!
There could’ve been quite a few improvements in the scene, such as placing the soft box closer to the subject, for better highlight reflections and more evenly spread light. Also, better placing of the A4 paper reflectors to lift the shadows. Spraying of the peppers with a glycerin mix will give a fresher look. The setup of the scene regarding composition and `ingredients’ can also do with some creative decoration.
Hope this tutorial gets your creative juices flowing!