Food Photography Behind-the-Scenes: Pasta on a Fork

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I was up pretty late last night working on the last bits of my new book, and this is one of the images I created. The setup and Photoshop editing is similar to the “steaming shrimp” photo from this blog post (steam added with a hand-steamer & two images merged together using masking), so take a look at that post for more info on how I created this image.

Here’s a BTS image and list of equipment so you can see my setup:

  • Canon Speedlite 430EX
  • Lastolite TriGrip Diffuser
  • Black foam board for background
  • White foam board underneath and also to the left for fill light
  • Small reflector for fill light
  • Manfrotto Magic Arm to hold fork (w/ Gaffer tape)

By | 2016-12-18T17:01:10+00:00 June 6th, 2011|4 Comments

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My name is Nicole and I'm a photographer, author, & educator living in Portland, Oregon, USA. When I'm not making photos I'm writing books and tutorials for my online store, Learn more about me and my story here.

4 Comments

  1. Gregg June 6, 2011 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    Nicole, how are you creating the steam on the pasta ? I see something in the bottom of the setup shot that could be a steamer of sorts but do you have any tips for creating steam on demand for those long shoots when the food is just not warm any more ?

  2. Gregg June 6, 2011 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    Never mind, I see your note on the hand steamer. Thanks.

  3. Richard Haber June 6, 2011 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    Nicole,

    I like the way the pasta has a translucency to it. The warm glow effect makes it look very appetizing to me.

    It looks as if the black card background acted as a flag to keep the lighting primarily from the top.

    Is that a natural twirl on the fork or do you have some technique to keep it there. I have a hard time keeping mine from unwinding!

    Thanks for sharing this…

    • Nicole June 6, 2011 at 1:50 pm - Reply

      Thanks Richard. :) To get the pasta on the fork I just stuck it in some pasta and swirled it around, then just moved a few pieces so it looked good. No fancy tricks to get it to stay … it kept wanting to slide off the fork during the shoot, and I had to make changes to the noodles since a few of them un-twirled. I would just snip the bottom of the pasta to make it fit the frame when that happened.

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