Godiva Chocolate Truffles

February 20th, 2014

As I have something of a sweet tooth, the most difficult part of this shoot was not eating the truffles before I photographed them! Below is the rest of the back story about this shoot.

I was going for a sophistocated and rich look. I knew the moment I opened my prop closet that the small shimmering gold plate was the one to use for the "environmental portrait." For the candy cups, the best I could find on short notice were white lined gold cups. I knew that the white interiors would be too prominent and contrasty for the golden look I wanted to achieve, so I got out some acrylic paint, mixed up a soothing brown and toned down the white. For the truffles in the box in the background, I placed a couple of layers of foam core hidden from view to bring the truffles up to just the right height so that they would be visible in the box from the angle from which I was shooting. The original concept did not include the shimmering backdrop. Inspiration struck though, when I saw a roll of gold mesh amid all of my props. The resulting subtle lens flare adds another layer of drama. I used the same mesh as the base for the second set up. For those of you who are into lighting, I triple diffused a Dynalite head that was my main light with a piece of Rosco Frost on the flash head in a Westcot softbox placed behind a big sheet of mylar. My fill was a big piece of white foam core and I added bits of highlights here and there with small white cards and a tiny mirror or two. Most of my work in post production was about perfecting the chocolate by eliminating the tiny defects in the chocolate's surface. It was akin to smoothing someone's skin in a portrait — love Photoshop's spot healing brush tool!

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