Playing with Food

by Camellia Staab January. 17, 2020 836 views

After seeing Benny's post today, I realized it's been a while since I have photographed any type of food, nor played with light. I do like food photography especially moody ones, but there is so much work before hand as far as prepping, setting the correct lights, plating and etc. that it becomes daunting. It's much easier to pick up the camera, go walking outside and shoot, all the prep work is already done. Needles to say, I need and like to practice, so I chose two new food items I found recently, to practice food photography

Both are in the healthy eats department. Because, you know, it is January the month for setting goals of eating healthy and all. By March all these goals will be thrown out the window.🤣

Anyway the first item is a soup made with onions, cauliflower, chicken/vegetable stock, zucchini and curry. I added some chicken breast to it because I can 😁.

It is rather delicious and one that will remain in my repertoire even after March.


1 large onion sliced

4 cups chopped cauliflower

1 zucchini shredded

4 cups vegetable/chicken broth

2 cups water

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons curry powder

1 tbls olive oil

To prepare: Heat oil in a 4-5 quart over medium heat. Add onions and curry powder. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes. Add the the broth, cauliflower, salt and water. Bring to a simmer stirring occasionally. Cover the pot and simmer for 15 until cauliflower is tender. Puree the soup in a blender or food processor and return to the pot. Stir the zucchini into the the soup and reheat. Ladle soup into bowls and serve.

* If adding chicken, pre-cook the chicken, cut into cubes and add with the zucchini.

The second recipe is a homemade bread, also very healthy and quite delicious. It has the consistency of a loaf cake, but obviously not sweet.

It is made with almond flour, ground flaxseed, eggs, baking soda, honey, olive oil and apple cider vinegar. I have made it with and without cider ( not a big fan of cider) and works both ways.



2¼ cups blanched almond flour

¼ cup ground flaxseed

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon fine texture sea salt

5 eggs

½ tbsp honey

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

To prepare: Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). In a food processor, combine the dry ingredients and pulse them until well combined, about 10 pulses. Add the wet ingredients and mix until well combined, about 30 seconds. Scrape down the edges. Pour dough (will be like a very thick batter) into a greased 9×5 bread pan; there will be enough to fill the pan about halfway up. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center. Let cool in the pan for 30 minutes before serving.

The bread and soup go very well together.

You know what happens when you start cleaning the kitchen after completing a food photography session?

This happens:



As Julia Child used to say: BON APPETIT!!

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Antonio Gil 1 year ago

Love the still life look of #2.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year ago

I do too, actually. The soup colors did not come out the way I envisioned, even though I played and played and finally said the heck with it. But #2 came together very easily.

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Russell Smith 1 year ago

I rather like the shots. The bread looks delicious. Food Styling/Plating is something I tend to struggle with lighting is getting a bit easier unless I want to try a different look out but that  usually involves me getting a "safety" shot first then playing the what if game with the light.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Russell Smith 1 year ago

Thanks Russell. I stumbled upon these videos "the bite shot" on you tube and then found her on Fb. The lady has very good instructions. So I've been trying my hand with some of her suggestions. Got a long ways to go smile

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Russell Smith Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year ago

I love the Bite Shot and Don Giannatti (youtube) He has a few titled videos that indicate they are lighting related but there are some like Wed Mornin and date that are breakdowns of lighting. Those videos have helped me comprehend how to light.

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John D 1 year ago

Not as a criticism, but several of these are quite “blue”. Was there a “blue-thing” reflecting the light? Was this deliberate?

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Camellia Staab Replied to John D 1 year ago

No criticisms taken, actually do appreciate the input. I was playing with the light while shooting as well as light/color in post processing. The idea was to make the photo "moody and somewhat cold". The dishes are blue hence I thought it would be appropriate to bring out their color.  I also have a love a affair with the color blue and don't know where to put a limit. So now that I have given you all my excuses smile I am going to be more mindful when playing with the color blue. Thank you again for your input and never hesitate, the only way I am going to learn anything is with people's input smile

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Lynn F Medley 1 year ago

Looks delicious and thanks for the recipes! Love curry! And yes I agree with you on shooting indoor vs walking about outside, I think a lot folks when they look at magazines of food/ recipes have no idea what is involved! You images are wonderful!

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Camellia Staab Replied to Lynn F Medley 1 year ago

Thank you Lynn. I found this site on Fb that is really inspiring as far as food photography so I though I would give it a try. I like food photography but that "light" business  especially artificial light is a pain to figure out its best placement.

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Lynn F Medley Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year ago

So agree

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Benny Law 1 year ago

You have a winner in the health department and in the camera work department, Camellia. This is so professionally done. Even the dropped egg mess looks good. 😃

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Camellia Staab Replied to Benny Law 1 year ago

Thank you Benny, you are too kind smile

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Buster Bruce 1 year ago

You all have to stop with the yummy food photos- just kidding, love it. Excellent images and great looking dishes!

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Camellia Staab Replied to Buster Bruce 1 year ago

Thanks smile

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