One discussion with Allen around my props used in my dark light food photography led to this post.
Above is an image of my dishes and plates with a soup spoon beside them for scale. You can see the dishes are all quite small -thats because the smaller the dish, the less food you have to put into it – and a food image looks best when it is abundantly full – so yes small dishes and side plates.
Nearly all of my dishes are specially chosen for a matte (not shiny finish) – you can see the small black dish in the bottom left corner is very silvery and shiny and reflective, which I was concerned about but the size and shape was so appealing I bought it anyway 🙂
The big flat rectangular thing is my favourite prop – its a piece of slate, which is a natural stone. I love the texture. On top of that is some of my utensils – spoons and a bamboo scoop. Finally a couple of linen dish towels.
This is the stuff I use most of the time, I have some silverware, glass bottles, other fabric but this is the basis of my collection. Carefully chosen for size, shape, colour, finish, adaptability – all in neutral colours and plain pattern so that the food becomes the hero in the shot.
I spent a *lot* of time on Pinterest, researching props and getting ideas and recommendations before I went and purchased these. Some are new and some are well used and purchased in second hand shops. The most expensive item was the linen towels which were $16 each. The four metal rusted pie dishes cost me $18 in total and the slate which should be expensive cost me $13 from a commercial kitchen supply.
My distressed chair cost me $30 to buy and about $20 in paint and sandpaper supplies (both of which I already had on hand) and the same chair new was $169 but mine was broken.
So there you go, a look behind the scenes at the props, thanks Allen for the questions and discussion. Any tips on other prop ideas on a budget gratefully received 🙂
Questions and feedback are always welcome!