This shot is all about texture… from the crusted top of the pie filling to the red stones of the background. In order to convey all these rich textures, I chose a gridded spot placed behind the plate, and aimed so it just lit the pie and plate. A medium softbox from overhead, and dialed down to very low power, provides some fill on the pie, and just a bit of light on the background stones.
I like how this set up gives me very precise control over the amount of light on the subject vs. the background. I can make sure that the pie is just a bit brighter than the background so it pops forward rather than blending into the background. I also added a slight warm gel (1/4 CTO) to the spot to warm up the tones of the pie and crust. This lighting also ensured that I could hold on to the detail of the white texture in the whipped cream behind the pie…. always a challenge!
Here’s Linsey carefully placing the “hero” pie on the plate, and we consult on the “look” for the whipped cream. The final results:
Assistant and BTS shots: Adriana Garcia Cruz