Nutella Cheesecake. Yep. Nutella. Cheesecake.

Lauren can cook. She's really good in the kitchen. Especially when it comes to baking and desserts.  

+10000 Wife Points. 

Anyways, for a little treat, Lauren wanted to make a recipe she found so we could have our good friends, the Jacksons (check out their wedding gallery here), over to stuff our faces.  That recipe was Mini Nutella Cheesecakes.  Heck. Yes.

After seeing Lauren's beautifully delicious creations, the Photographer in me told my tastebuds to hold their horses cause I had to photograph these bad boys.

Here is the final image from that shoot: 

If you came here just to look at a picture of Mini Nutella Cheesecake, then thanks for coming!  If you wanna read about how I did it, then keep reading...

So How'd I Shoot It?

As a person who doesn't own a studio or have a lot of fancy equipment, commercial style shoots like this can be a challenge.  Typically when shooting a product, food especially, you want a ton of soft/bounced light and the key-light to be coming from the back to minimize shadows on the front. It also gives the appearance that the product is glowing, making it more appealing.

Well I don't have fancy strobes or a ton of trace paper and bounce boards and light stands and blahblahblah... This the equipment I have at my disposal: 

I have 3 Yongnuo YN-560 II Flashes that have slave functions.  Meaning when one flash fires, they fire at the exact same time. 

I have one Canon Speedlight 430EX II Flash with Diffusion. 

A 5-in-1 Reflector/Diffusion from Neewer. 

And couple of crappy stands that get the job done.

Just a quick little piece of advice for the aspiring photographers out there like myself: if you really want to be a photographer (like more than a person that has a camera and takes pictures and edits them in iPhoto and posts them on facebook), you HAVE to know how to light things. The ONLY way you are going to learn how to light is by practice and watching other people light things.  Those 3 Yongnuo flashes and the reflector cost about $180 total. That is nothing compared to what you are going to learn and that's all you need to get started!  Heck, that's all I use and I'm doing photography for magazines at the University of Houston.  Lighting is easy once you start practicing, so go do it!  Ok, sorry for that rant... here are pics of the equipment I use.

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Oh, and I'm shooting on a Canon 5D Mark III with a Canon 24-105mm L IS USM Lens.  My settings were:  

f/11, ISO 200, 1/80 sec, and zoomed at 67mm. Those might not be the best settings for shooting this subject, but it works for what I have available. 

 

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Now for my lighting plot:

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That basically describes how I did it, so now you can go try it yourself! If you have more detailed questions, go ahead and email me or ask in the comments.

Stay classy.