Backlighting Macro Style

I was back lighting fruit macro style a couple of days ago so I figured I’d share it with you to hopefully inspire you to have some fun with your food.

I love texture and when you back light a thin slice of fruit or vegetable, you can really see what I’m talking about.

I used my 100mm macro lens and my Canon extension tube on my camera. I locked my mirror and set up my timer so I wouldn’t have much shake to the camera. If you position your fruit or veggie on a flat surface and make sure your lens is directly over your subject, you won’t have many depth-of-field problems (what’s in focus and what is not in focus). I made a really short video using my iPhone to help you see what I’m talking about. You’ll see that the glass is dirty…no worries you’ll be focusing inside the fruit.

I used a florescent light under the fruit and adjusted my camera to the fluorescent white balance. I always photograph in RAW so I have fun with digital dark-rooming techniques after the photo shoot.

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Janice Sullivan


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