Workshop 35

Chocolate

Light painting with flash

Using modeling light as a continuous light source

Chocolate isn’t easy to photograph. Without close attention, photos of chocolate often look like the flat, unappetizing image shown on the bottom-right of the following page. The challenge addressed by this workshop is to reproduce the warm, tempting look captured in the main image on the same page.

Producing these effects with conventional lighting is virtually impossible, mainly because the individual pieces of chocolate are positioned at various angles and each piece requires separate lighting to make them look right. I solved this problem with light painting techniques to illuminate various areas of the image in a customized way. For this ...

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