Watch on YouTube – Seaside Food Macro photography Ideas
We have been out on a day-trip to the beach! We went to Skegness looking for some seaside food macro photography ideas. There are lots of colourful and interesting foods on offer at the classic british seaside resort, so let’s take a look at some up close!
We were out on a bright sunny day. The images below were shot using a mix of natural light and additional artificial light using the Adaptalux Xenon Flash Lighting Arms.
The first of our classic British seaside foods is the doughnut. They are full of texture, especially when sugared or glazed with something extra sweet.
For a bit of extra colour, add some sauce. The strawberry sauce on ours added some great red colours to the images. It’s especially bright on the white of the plastic forks.
Adding light from an Adaptalux Flash Lighting Arm is a great way to add some additional flair to your doughnuts. The light can shine through the hole and catch the eye!
Candy & Rock 🍭
As you may have already realised, this is not going to be a list of healthy snacks. Instead, we have more sugar and more colour!
Did you know that each British seaside town has it’s own stick of rock?
Rock sometimes gets broken. This gives us a great opportunity for some seaside macro photography though. The broken bits of rock are very interesting up close and are slightly translucent too, place some light behind them and it glows!
Regular candy can be interesting too, with a good mix of textures to look at. You don’t need a special trip to the seaside for this one, but there’s a lot more variety there!
Candy floss (Cotton candy)
Candyfloss is a strange substance and a perfect example of how unique seaside macro photography ideas can be.
For these shots, we placed our candyfloss directly onto an Adaptalux Flash Arm and set it off inside the cloud!
The light shines through the thinner areas of the sugar and the dense areas don’t let light through. This looks just like the ice of a glacier or a cloud at sunset.
This one requires a way to shine light through your candy floss. The colour of candy floss you get determines the colour of your clouds!
Fish and Chips 🐟
You don’t get more iconically British than the classic battered fish and chips. Before we tuck in, let’s take some macro photos.
The batter has an interesting texture and shine to it. But the direct sunlight is causing shadows that need to be filled with some additional light from the flash.
Just like with the doughnuts, the plastic fork can provide some contrasting textures within the shot. This time there is some condensation gathering on the plastic!
Breaking open the batter shows the white of the fish, but also creates more shadows. Overall, there are a lot of interesting parts to this simple meal!
Ice Cream 🍦
The ultimate seaside treat! And we think this is the ultimate seaside food macro photography idea too. Just look at the colours of the sprinkles and texture of the flake!
Adding some extra light and colour is a great way to make those sprinkles pop. We put a pink gel onto our Flash Lighting Arms.
The white of the icecream is so bright in the sunlight and Flash that exposing for the icecream will make your background darker.
Remember to focus on the interesting details and textures. The folding of the chocolate in the flake is not something people tend to look at before taking a bite!
Remember these seaside food macro photography ideas for the next time you are at the beach. There is a massive variety of colourful treats to photograph… and you get to eat them after you’re finished taking photos!
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