Bring your food to life

Turn ev­ery­day veg­eta­bles into all sorts of bizarre sculp­tures

NPhoto - - Nikon Skills -

01 Slice and dice

Dis­sect your food to fit your scene. First, plan what you’d like the veg­etable to look like, and then care­fully use a small, sharp knife to cut your sub­ject into shape. Ad­just in small steps to avoid waste­ful er­rors. We turned our cour­gette into a green sea mon­ster.

02 Blend in

Find the right sur­face for your food – ei­ther a colour to fit a sce­nario, or a com­ple­men­tary colour to blend in with the food for a sim­ple shot. Use a sim­ple back­ground, too, to avoid dis­trac­tions. We’ve ex­tended the blue to the ends of the frame to mimic the dis­tant ocean.

03 Take con­trol

Ei­ther shoot by a large win­dow for a good, even spread of light, or, for more con­trol, try us­ing a house­hold lamp to light your scene. We used a lamp with barn doors to di­rect the light. If you’re us­ing bright tung­sten lamps, be sure to set your Nikon’s white bal­ance to tung­sten.

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