In background we put some small-sized tomatoes (cherry tomatoes) but we did not want to put too much light on them to not distract attention from the hero. For this, we used a black card on the right side (to stop the light reflection from the silver cards), and, to stop the light coming from the softbox, we used a wooden board. First we sat cheese in front left and tomatoes in the right background, we did some tests and after we was satisfied with the result, we added cubes of tomatoes, chopped basil leaves and ground pepper over cheese. In the final shoot, we put between the main light and cheeses, a transparent bottle with water to create a more nice light effect. The focus was made on the first third of cheese. Finally, we open the raw file and post processing was very easy to do. No major adjustments were needed. We increased a little contrast and color vibrations, we applied 50% noise reduction just to be sure that everything is out of noise, and after, we made a very minor change to levels diagram. I will speak in another post with much more details about the post processing of images. Some recommendations:
- use only fresh ingredients
- do not use very much colors. In this post you can find more details about how to choose colors
- try not to use more than three main colors to not distract attention from the main subject
- when you adding spices or other ingredients (as we added ground black pepper, basil, tomato pieces) do it without appearing to be put with hand, simply throw them away. If you not like what happens with some small pieces, remove them or change them position. We use brushes and tweezers to be easier to do that.
Remember: details make the difference!