A very important issue while creating a food photo is edition. That’s why today we want to show you the process we have established for the postproduction of food photography.

We always shoot in raw, that allows us to save the most information possible. The software we use for editiong images are Capture One and Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Step by step:

1. We’ll star with Capture One. The first step is to crop the image at the size and format we prefer. In this case, as you see, we’ll just crop a little bit of the top and the bottom of the picture.

2. The second step is adjusting the exposure of the image. In this case, the aspects we have modified are the following:

Exposure: we moved the histogram to the right by setting the exposure to 0,1.

Contrast: we set it on 3.

Brightness: we set it on 12 so we increased the high lights.

Shadow: we set it on 8 so we could recover a few shadows such as the one under the dish.

Sharpness: we set it on 6.

3. After these modifications, we will also increase the color temperature, which will make our picture look warmer.

4. We’ll add a graduated shading of exposure on the upper part of the picture so we can increase the brightness on the background. The red area of the image below shows us the effect of this exposure shading on the picture.

5. Once we’ve done this, we’ll export the photo to Photoshop CS6 in 16bit .tiff format, so we avoid the crompression, and we’ll duplicate the layer.

6. With the “clone stamp” and “patch” tools we’ll remove the stins that we find annoying such as the dark little spots on the penne that appeared on the upper pictures but now we have removed:

7. Well add a contrast adjusting layer and we’ll highlight the texture of the penne. The white traces on the picture below are the ones affected by this mask.

8. We’ll remove the light stain of the flash window that we can see on the left side of the dish.

9. And that’s all!

We hope you found it helpful and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any doubts.

Bon appétit!