Behind the Scenes: Olive Bruschetta Setup

By | 2016-12-18T17:01:14+00:00 January 28th, 2011|4 Comments

Here’s the behind-the-scenes setup from yesterday’s “Olive and Goat Cheese Bruschetta” photograph. I used the North-facing window in my condo (much easier to do food photography when next to a kitchen!), set the food on a hand-painted/distressed “table”, and used a large 5-in-one reflector (silver side) to add some fill. Pretty simple setup, really. :)

Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: 70-200mm f/4L IS
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/8 second
ISO: 100

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Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website,


  1. Marco Venturini February 1, 2011 at 7:04 am - Reply

    Eating easier than photographing.

  2. Bryon Lippincott December 27, 2011 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    I’ve been looking through your blog trying to get ideas on how you light your food shots. I have been playing with food photography more lately to trying and get better food shots for my wife’s blog. It has been really helpful to look through your behind the scenes posts and see how it all works.

  3. Joe Fisher November 27, 2012 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    Hi there. Like the setup and your website.

    What stand are you using to hold to the reflector? It looks like a C-stand but which particular model?



    • Nicole November 28, 2012 at 9:22 pm - Reply

      I don’t recall the exact type … I don’t use it too much anymore and don’t currently have it on hand. However, I think it’s one that ships along with the 5-in-1 reflector, something similar to this:

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