Now I have selected my final image from the ones I marked on Capture One, I started seeing what it would look like with the magazine template over the top. Before I could do this, I had to take the white background out of the cover template to be able to see my image underneath the cover. Once this was done, I saved it and dragged it into the overlay section on Capture One, doing this allowed me to see what it would look like as a finished ‘product’.
Now I can see my finished magazine cover, I am very pleased with how it looks. The image fits perfectly within the cover template, I didn’t have to crop any parts out or have any bits being covered up by the text. I feel that my image works very well with the magazine cover and has a ‘christmassy’ feel to it. With the icing sugar falling on top of the cakes looking like snow and the magazine name being in bold red letters, its very christmas themed. I really like the fact that my images has a theme to it and feel that it makes my dramatic image seem a bit softer with the ‘snow’ falling from the top.
When selecting my favourite/best images to use for my magazine cover shot, I marked them on Capture One. I used Red marks first to select a few of my best images, and then I went through the ones marked in Red and whittled them down to two best shots using a Green mark. I will select one of the Green marked images to use for my final magazine cover.
I don’t feel the need to edit any of my images, as I like them the way they are. The two images marked in green have the right amount of contrast, highlight and focus that I am happy with them the way they are. I feel that too much retouching will ruin my image and the “dramatic” look I have captured.
I am overall very happy with how my food shoot turned out. Food photography was something I had never really done properly before, only ever played about with it here and there. From my research and visuals in mind, I was excited to experiment with cakes and icing sugar to try and get my prefect shot. I overcame my worries of ‘not getting my perfect shot’ with the help of my team, especially Naphesa. She had a lot of patience with me as I was very picky with how my image looked. She helped me with the icing sugar, the camera setting and setting my food items up to how I wanted them. I feel that I captured my ‘dramatic’ shot that I had wanted to capture from the start. Using a dark background and dim lighting set a certain mood to my images that I really liked. Apart from the shades of brown from the icing, my images almost have a “monochrome” effect.
I managed to capture a number of images which had the icing sugar falling, showing the movement and direction of the sugar falling on top of the cakes.
To have a practise go at photographing cakes, I did a test shoot at home to give myself an idea of what direction I wanted my lighting, what props I wanted in my shot and what angle I wanted to take my photo at. Doing this test shoot helped me figure out the perfect shot I would like to get a bit more.
When it is my time slot to shoot, I am going to create a couple of different style photographs and see which one works best with the magazine cover template. I am going to have some shots where the cakes are stacked up with nothing else involved in the picture apart from lighting and a backdrop and I am also going to create a few shots with a cake on either a plate or chopping board. With a spoon or fork for my prop, most likely taken from a birds eye view as I like that look of photo.
Although my lighting isn’t great as I improvised at home, I am glad with how my test shots came out. I will find these useful when it comes to doing my real shoot and will refer back to them to help me get the cover shot I want.
I decided on shooting cake for my magazine cover because a lot of fellow students were going down the healthy route. The magazine template we have been given to add our final image into is titled “Good Food” and I think a lot of people have taken this title very literally and automatically thought that “Good” means “Healthy” when it doesn’t necessarily. ‘Good Food’ can be interpreted in many different ways. Meaning healthy food is ‘good’ for low calories and low fat, or meaning ‘good’ as in good looking/appealing food… whether it be a cake, to a vegetable stir fry or even a burger. It can be taken in many ways and this helped me decide on photographing a ‘good’ looking cake.
As I am now decided on doing cake photography, I looked at my cake making book at home for some final inspiration before my planning stage. I wanted to see what types of photographs it featured and what they particularly focused on to make a good looking photograph.
Looking at these images in the book has given me a better idea of the kind of photo I want to take.
After looking at food photography and finding inspiration from photographers, I decided to next look at food magazine covers. From my research I now know I want to have a very simple, bold, macro shot for my front cover. I also decided that I wanted to focus on cake photography. As cakes have a lot of texture, colour and detail, this would make the perfect shot for my magazine cover. I had a look at some food magazine covers that featured cakes and a lot of the results came back with a lot of pink colours and berries featuring in the images. I want to try and go the opposite of this with my cake shot and have it quite dark, well lit and be shot close to the subject. I feel that this will give a dramatic looking shot for the magazine cover.