Let’s take a look at some pasta food photography. It turns out that pasta with all its different shapes is perfect for a still life photography project, let’s take a look.
The last few months I’ve been photographing pasta, simply pasta food photography. Today I took a look back at what I’ve collected and it turned out that there’s a few ones that I think look quite good. Hopefully some of you agree.
Photographing pasta can be quite fun. They come in all imaginable shapes and in comparison with lots of other foods they are easy to get to look good. I kept all of these on a black background and they are lit with the help of one or two softboxes.
I wanted to really highlight only the pasta so I used the spot feature in the camera settings. This way everything besides the pasta get really dark. I then adjusted the contrast and shadows even more in post production.
All the photos besides the big Spaghetti S was originally made to be posted at Instagram. You can check all these ones out there if you follow me at the AterietFood account. The S was made for the A-Z Food Photography Project which keeps on going, slowly but steady I might add.
Now let’s check out some pasta food photography.
The S that I made for the S is for Spaghetti post, this is the only photo that is not a square since it wasn’t intended for Instagram. It’s also the only one where to pasta is cooked. Turns out it really hard to twist uncooked pasta into an S.
This is the least black photo of them all. But it is one of my favorites since you can really see the structure of the pasta.
Tagliatelle looks like a piece of art in itself.
Same goes for this spinach tagliatelle. Here you can also see the rough texture of the pasta.
This depth of field is almost too short, it’s spaghetti if you haven’t figured that out.
Another one of my favorites. This is an lentil pasta which have become popular in Sweden the last year or so. The idea is to eat even more protein instead of carbs.
The same lentil pasta as before, love the deep red color. It’s not quite as red in real life but with a high contrast and a black background you can get this effect.
I think I called this one Macaroni on parade when I posted it on Instagram, they almost look like they are about to walk out of the photo.
The same macaroni neatly arranged.
And not so neatly arranged.
This is from a collection of organic animal shaped pastas sold as a Private Label in Sweden. It’s a lion out for a walk.
Dried lasagna plates.
This is my absolute favorite, something about the high contrast and shape just works for me.
Farfalle, neatly arranged.
More animal shaped pasta, here an elephant. This is from the same Private Label brand as for the lion.
And here is all the animals out for a walk.
Last one, two twisted ones, can’t remember what these are called.