When I first launched my blog, I was sharing the recipes that I was making to practice my food photography. Fast forward to this year and I decided to change direction with my blog and share more educational posts about food photography. As I look back over my old shoots and recipes, I realize how differently I would shoot many of the recipes now. Rather than get rid of the old images (because I think it’s so important to see your growth as a photographer), I will do some reshoots with old recipes when I have the time. It could be another fun way to bring even more food photography education to my blog for you. So, let’s dive into this fresh strawberry salsa!
Fresh Strawberry Salsa
As I look at these old images of the strawberry salsa, I think there’s too much going on when it comes to the colors. I used some super cute and colorful bowls from Anthropologie along with some flowers in the background. The thing is, there are so many colors bouncing off the dark surface and background, I’m not sure what to focus on. There’s just a lot happening. 😉 Looking at the lack of sharpness in the overhead shot, I would first check the size of the image to be sure it fit the width of my blog accordingly. If the size wasn’t the issue, then I would check the aperture and would tell myself to use a tripod (I really didn’t like tripods in the beginning). I was shooting with natural light back then, so a tripod would have been really helpful to stabilize my camera. I would also tell myself to get some food styling tweezers and move the diced ingredients around a bit more to show what exactly when into this salsa.
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I definitely tend to gravitate towards dark and moody food photography, which is clearly where my head was at when I was shooting this fresh strawberry salsa a few years ago. However, when I think about how I would shoot this salsa now, I want to brighten things up. The red and pink hues from the strawberries are way too pretty to ignore. I decided to emphasize those hues and used a light pink board, a pink plate from Anthropologie and a pretty glass of rosé to create a monochrome effect. I decided to add an extra splash of green from the curvy cilantro sprigs and ended up with an image that represents exactly what this salsa tastes like: SUMMER.
PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT & SETUP
For this shoot, I used two Paul C. Buff strobes with soft boxes, my Nikon D750 and my 35mm 1.4. I set up my camera on my overhead setup to stabilize my camera and shot tethered. My camera settings for this shoot were: 1/200; f14; ISO 100
I remember when I made this salsa recipe for the first time. It’s super easy to throw together and the flavors are super refreshing. The spicy kick from the jalaneño is a delicious addition too. If spice isn’t your thing, you don’t have to add it. I think this salsa is perfect for summer and pairs beautifully with fish, tacos, chips or just grab a spoon and enjoy!
FRESH STRAWBERRY SALSA
- 3 cups of strawberries, diced
- 1/2 red onion, diced
- 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
- Lime zest from 1 lime
- Lime juice from 1 lime, plus more to taste
- 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped (sprigs for a pretty garnish)
- Pinch of salt
- In a large bowl, mix the diced strawberries, onion, jalapeño, lime zest, lime juice, cilantro and a pinch of salt together. Adjust flavors to taste.
- Cover and set in fridge for about an hour to let the flavors blend together and get nice and chilled.
- Serve with tacos, fish, chips or just grab a spoon and dive in.
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All images © Regan Baroni 2016.