The Pie (Food Photography)

Food. It’s yum, it stays still when you want to take a photo of it, and you can eat it after the photo shoot!

It’s the perfect model!

As my beautiful blogolicious wife has a new found passion in life, cooking, she is constantly creating new things in the kitchen then recording her best recipes in her blog (Farmer K’s Kitchen). This works well for me because she is always wanting unique photos taken of her creations. Although I haven’t taken all of the photos on her blog, I still jump at the opportunity when she asks.

I never have a plan for the types of photos I’m going to take because it really depends on the type of food she’s made. Take this pie for example, It’s more of a ‘heavy’ type of food compared to say, Gluten free Anzac Biscuits  which are quite a light meal.

I dont know why, but I relate heaviness to darkness and that’s probably why this photo ended up having a darker look. It wasn’t on purpose, it was just a feeling I guess…

So here is my professional lighting setup. Please note the high quality (and expensive) food stand that I used.

Two speedlights on their lowest setting and another on around half (1/60). Taken with my favourite lens.

The two lights under the pie are not adding to the exposure but are reflecting off the orange upturned bowl and the silver pie tray back onto the wooden surface to give the warm effect.


I think I’ll be using the BBFS (Beer Bottle Food Stand) for future shoots as it’s the perfect height to fit flashes under.


So not only did I get to eat the model, I got to drink the stand as well. Mmmm, what a memorable photo shoot it was !



Ok it’s your turn. What whacky things have you used to assist with taking photos? Be honest…

I’d love to see photos too! If you have any BTS (behind the scenes) photos where you’ve used unorthodox items or methods for your photos, then add them to the Photographer’s Section Flickr Group where I’ve uploaded these already. Just hit the Join link. This group is a place where you and I can upload our photos and discuss them and other photographic topics. There aren’t a lot of group members yet but there will be.

Don’t forget that you either have to be an existing member on Flickr or you can easily sign up free. It just takes a few minutes then you can start sharing your pics and thoughts.


  1. Posted February 23, 2012 at 12:37 pm by David G. | Permalink

    Oooh, just seeing that pie is making me hungry! Cool technique and thanks for sharing!

    • Posted February 23, 2012 at 2:04 pm by Kirk Vagg | Permalink

      No worries David. You should try eating your subject after the shoot… :)

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