Supplies for Shooting Fizzy Fruit
You can shoot fizzy fruit shots with a point-and-shoot camera or a DSLR. If you use a point-and-shoot, you will want to shoot on the macro setting (tulip symbol), which allows you to focus up-close and take detailed shots. If you use a DSLR, you can use a dedicated macro lens, if you have one. If not, you can use your longest zoom lens (zoomed in to its farthest focal length, like 200mm or 270mm etc.) or you can use accessories to turn your 50mm or kit lens into an inexpensive macro lens. (Read specifics on how to use close-up lenses, extension tubes, or a reverse mount adapter for close-up photography.) All of the photographs in this post were taken with a Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens with a +10 close-up lens (or a +4 and a +10 stacked together). A tripod and remote shutter release can be helpful, but you can also shoot hand-held if you have a fast lens (wide aperture like f/1.8) and good lighting.
|The blur of bubbles adds to the feeling of motion in this shot.|
For containers, you want something glass with at least one straight side to shoot through. This is a great item to look out for at thrift stores, as you can often find old vases for next-to-nothing. My favorite, shown above, is a very narrow vase with two straight sides that I found at a hobby store for less than $10 USD.
Once you have gathered your supplies, you want to arrange your light source so that it is behind the vase or container and will be shining directly at your camera. My pedestal light was large enough to simply rest flat on the table, but you could also use a stack of books to prop up your light to get the right angle.
Tips and Techniques for Shooting Fizzy Fruit
Pour in your fizzy liquid, grab your fruit and your camera, and you are ready to go! The biggest difficulty I found when taking these shots is that the movement of the bubbles caused the slices of fruit to bounce and spin around inside the vase. If you are able to shoot at a quick enough shutter speed (like 1/250th of a second or faster), then this won't be a problem. Otherwise, you will want to find some way of anchoring down your fruit while you are shooting. My improvised method was simply to use my left hand to hold the fruit steady against one wall of the vase and then shoot with only my right hand. An easy alternative would be to set up the tripod for the camera, hold the fruit with one hand or with tongs, and use a remote with the other.
You may also want to consider using Exposure Compensation to overexpose the picture slightly (from one third to one full stop in the positive direction on the scale). This will help the background become a more true white and brighten up the fruit as well. Experiment to see what look works best for you.
|At +1/3 exposure compensation, the kiwi fruit is still fairly dark in this photograph.|
|+1 exposure compensation makes the fruit much lighter and more vibrant.|
|Focusing on the bubbles in front makes the bubbles along the sides become little out-of-focus dots and bokeh.|
There are many different ways that you can setup to shoot fizzy fruit, and this is only one example. The orange, below, was shot in a wine glass against a black tri-fold board backdrop (read more about the humble tri-fold board for photographs ). In this case, the fruit was lit from the front by very bright, direct sunlight streaming through a nearby window. This natural light was enough to even light the fruit and give it a different feel against the dark background.
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