|These are traditionally a cold weather food, but since its near April in Chicago and still 20 degrees, why not?|
These small doughnuts were made for a client, but we shot them separately to get a different perspective. We just had to come in close and tight on them to show off the cinnamon and sugar. They were still hot enough that putting them in set, we were a little worried they would crumble apart. To really show off the texture and to give a clear idea of how much coating is on these doughnuts, we used just a few point source lights. One from high and to the back right, to skim across the face of the 2 forward facing heroes. The other was low and to the back left to skim and give an edge light to some others. In addition to that, we had a soft light overhead to control contrast. We spilled a little bit the topping onto the surface, and put some empty glass ware behind to give some extra interest.
All and all, this was a very simple shot made delicious by the food itself. Sometimes, the photographer and food stylist have to work some magic, but simple is sometimes better.