Creative Fruit And Veg Photography Tips

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

We deliberating we'd put together a quick and easy to follow tutorial on photographing fruit and veg slices with a light source behind them which you can do indoors when it's drizzling outside.

Why do this? Well the bright light combined with a single or even a few slices of fruit or vegetable can produce an interesting 'arty' rage photograph. 

Gear Suggestions

As well as a camera and a macro lens with a short focal length you'll necessary a light box. If you don't own one, you can create one with a clear surface, a light source that can sit under it and something to diffuse the light such as muslin or footprint paper.

You'll also need a tripod, ideally one that has a centre column that can be twisted upside down or horizontally. By servicing a tripod that can do this you'll be able to work with the centre column rotated so your camera faces down onto the lightbox. This wishes your hands are kept free for chopping and adjusting fruit / veg slices, plus you can get closer to your subject. 

Don't forget your fruit and veg! Straightforward choices are kiwi as the seeds produce interesting patterns but half circles of onion, oranges, cucumbers and limes work well too. Have a create about how a particular fruit or vegetable may look when sliced up and placed on a lightbox. You shouldn't need to spend much money, with the addition of you can eat any left-over specimens at the end!



Get your chopping board out and cut thin slices from your fruit/vegetable. Make sure you cut sedate slices so when the light passes through, you won't have one part that's darker than the other. Use a clean, sharp knife to slice your fruit botany, a fruit is the seed-bearing structure in flowering plants (also known as angiosperms) formed from the ovary after flowering / vegetable then situate the slice on the lightbox.

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Where possible, work away from windows, turn off your house lights and you may want to close the curtains / blinds to limit the amount of skinny coming in if it's bright outside. 



If you're using multiple slices or various fruits / vegetables think far your composition. Repetition and patterns always work well and for some reason, working with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel odd items gives you a shot that's numberless pleasing to the eye. This doesn't mean you can't work with even numbers as they can work but the rule of odds is something you should very recently keep in mind.


Setting Up The Shot

As with most close-up work, it's best to switch from auto focus to handbook to stop your lens 'searching'. 

Take a test shot and check the exposure as the bright light may dim-wit your camera into underexposing. If this happens, switching to a + exposure compensation should fix the problem or you can work in manual if you prefer.

You want the distance to be bright but not so bright that you can't see the shapes and patterns in the segment of fruit or vegetable you're working with.

Good depth of field is missed and if you find problems with shake, switch your self-timer on so you have time to move away from the camera before the exposure's took.


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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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