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January 25, 2011

Food Photography

Filed under: Photo assignments,Recipes — Karma @ 11:05 pm
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For this month’s photo assignment, Scott said that we should take some shots of food – not just take pictures of it, but try to show it in a way that would make us really want to eat what we see in the picture.  I had all sorts of grand ideas of fabulous photos that I’d take.  I like cooking from magazine recipes for variety and I follow several cooks or cooking blogs on Twitter for inspiration.  I have cooked some interesting looking recipes recently, and guess what?  I forgot to take pictures of it before I gobbled them up!  The light in my kitchen at dinner time this time of year isn’t overly flattering either.  But enough with the excuses!  So what did I take pictures of?  Well, there was those bread pics a couple weeks ago, which you can go have a look at in case you missed them.  For my pictures today I share Homemade Oreo Cookies!  Recipe and inspiration from Fine Cooking, whom I follow on Twitter.


Natural light, nifty-fifty, 1/320 sec, f1.8

Oreos need to be eaten with a glass of milk, right?


Showing off cookie texture (and my wedding china!) with side-lighting.

I wish I had more to show you!  I really planned to, but we get awfully hungry around here! 😉


  1. You have succeeded!! I’m hungry! 🙂

    Comment by photographyfree4all — January 25, 2011 @ 11:47 pm | Reply

  2. And, I especially like the dark background and the crumbs you’ve left behind. I’m just beginning a food project this week and would welcome any and all expertise you may have to offer! I’m gpoing to take a look at some of your other food posts as well! thanks for this post! Great job!!

    Comment by photographyfree4all — January 25, 2011 @ 11:55 pm | Reply

  3. Excellent to see someone else who likes to put a dark background into their foodie photos too. I like how in the first photo the oreos are sharp but the milk fades into the background a little, it gives the biscuits (cookies) centre stage, and they look amazing! I looked into the other links in your post and your home made bread looks FABULOUS too! Yummy Photos on many levels 🙂

    Comment by kiwidutch — January 26, 2011 @ 2:23 am | Reply

    • Thanks so much, Kiwi! The dark background was actually more circumstance than plan; I have dark granite countertops in my kitchen!

      Comment by Karma — January 26, 2011 @ 7:44 pm | Reply

  4. Oooh, these look MUCH better than store bought Oreos! How does the creme compare, does it taste the same? I don’t like the creme, just the cookie 😉 And I bet they would taste even better with chocolate milk! (Plain milk… yuck!! But it’s more photogenic than chocolate milk).
    I can’t decide which picture I like better… the dark backgrund was a great choice!

    Comment by thedailyclick — January 26, 2011 @ 6:46 am | Reply

    • The cream is creamier than store-bought Oreos – tastier, I think.
      Funny, as much as I love chocolate, chocolate ice cream, chocolate milkshakes and hot chocolate, chocolate milk doesn’t do it for me! Weird, huh?
      Thank you!

      Comment by Karma — January 26, 2011 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

  5. Wonderful perspective and composition! They look yummy!

    Comment by Becky Sue — January 26, 2011 @ 7:05 am | Reply

  6. This is really fun, Karma! I love the dark background too–the food is On Stage!!

    Comment by Gerry — January 26, 2011 @ 9:03 am | Reply

    • Thank you – the dark background is my granite countertop and the light is sliding in from the glass door to form the “spotlight!”

      Comment by Karma — January 26, 2011 @ 7:50 pm | Reply

  7. Homemade oreos, are you kidding??? They look DELICIOUS!! Like mini whoopie pies which I also love.

    Great, now I have a craving for CHOCOLATE and I haven’t even eaten breakfast yet!

    Wondeful job, Karen! 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — January 26, 2011 @ 10:04 am | Reply

    • They are similar to whoopie pies, except for these come out with a crispier, not cake-like cookie. Any time is a good time for chocolate!
      Thank you Tracy.

      Comment by Karma — January 26, 2011 @ 7:52 pm | Reply

  8. Those cookies would never have made it into a photograph if I’d had them on a plate. I would have eaten them before I had a chance to grab the camera. lol! Homemade oreos!! It can’t get any better than that.

    I love both photos. They accomplished what food photos are supposed to accomplish: I am craving those cookies!! And the milk. Because you’re right. You have to have milk with oreo cookies.

    Comment by Robin — January 26, 2011 @ 11:11 am | Reply

    • Oh these cookies are quite rich Robin! One cookie will hold you pretty well, which means the rest of the batch is free for photographing! ( I can say this with, uh, a bit of *ahem* authority! LOL!)
      Thank you!

      Comment by Karma — January 26, 2011 @ 7:53 pm | Reply

  9. Je ne connais pas ces biscuits mais ils ont l´air Délicieux ! Et tes photos sont très belles. Quelle classe !

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — January 26, 2011 @ 1:46 pm | Reply

    • Tu ne connais pas Oreos??? Je suis surpris!
      Merci, Isa!

      Comment by Karma — January 26, 2011 @ 8:13 pm | Reply

      • Karma, Oreo’s have only been in Dutch supermarkets for maybe two years… previous to that they were a very expensive buy at the ex-pat specialty shops, so probably they haven’t arrived in Zwitzerland yet. Until very recently many Dutch only knew what oreo’s were if they had been to the USA and had them there. Even good things are not necessarily universal LOL

        Comment by kiwidutch — January 28, 2011 @ 12:43 am

      • Thanks for the explanation… I guess we Americans do tend to be a bit egocentric from time to time, and not realize eternally popular items may not be available everywhere.

        Comment by Karma — January 28, 2011 @ 3:06 pm

      • You are most welcome! I’m still waiting for sugar free jelly (jello)and food colouring to arrive here… amongst other things. 🙂

        Comment by kiwidutch — January 28, 2011 @ 6:41 pm

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  11. Those cookies look fantastic – they would be perfect with my coffee right now!! 🙂

    Comment by photobyholly — January 27, 2011 @ 8:38 am | Reply

    • They were pretty good cookies – but a lot of work!

      Comment by Karma — January 27, 2011 @ 8:59 am | Reply

  12. You must have milk to dunk the cookies in. 🙂 I like the blonde version of Oreos.

    Of the two, I like the second one only because it is different and really fills the frame. Wish I could fill my mouth, too.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — January 27, 2011 @ 12:32 pm | Reply

    • Blonde Oreos??? Sacrilegious!
      I have a feeling you had plenty of wonderful treats to fill up on last week!
      Did you bring me one of those Mickey Mouse chocolate dome things? 😉

      Comment by Karma — January 27, 2011 @ 1:58 pm | Reply

      • Alas, the Mickey Mouse domes were no where to be found on the ship or the restaurants I visited at WDW this time. I did get to a private party at the Magic Kingdom where they put out a free buffet. The best part of that was the popcorn was also free!!! I ate my fill.

        Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — January 27, 2011 @ 3:45 pm

  13. Love the milk and cookies idea….I’ll trade you. A piece of cake for an homemade oreo! 🙂

    Comment by Dawn — January 27, 2011 @ 8:45 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Dawn, but strangely enough I like cookies over cake anytime! I would take a brownie however! 😉

      Comment by Karma — January 28, 2011 @ 3:02 pm | Reply

  14. I bet your choice of lens helps with the poor lighting condition because your homemade cookies look so yummy. I had the same situation with my family, I couldn’t get the shot I want because it was gone before I knew it. 🙂

    Comment by Nye — January 28, 2011 @ 12:15 am | Reply

    • In this case, the lens most definitley helped; the 1.8 aperture of that lens lets me shoot in less light than I normally could.

      Comment by Karma — January 28, 2011 @ 3:03 pm | Reply

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  16. I will try to make some, too, they look very tasty. A bit like our dark bread,- rye bread -, though this doesn´t contain sugar. Thank you for the recipe.

    Comment by Giiid — February 2, 2011 @ 7:44 am | Reply

    • They were quite yummy, Giid, but I wouldn’t compare them to bread in any way! They are very chocolatey and a bit crispy.

      Comment by Karma — February 2, 2011 @ 9:16 am | Reply

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