A-Z Food Photography Project – E is for Egg

A-Z Food Photography Project - E is for Egg

11/03/2015 • A-Z Food Photography, Food Culture

The A-Z Food Photography Project keeps on going, this time I am actually quite happy with the result. Which means I made some changes after my previous not as good letters in this project and spent a bit more time setting up before. Read and see it all below as I have come to part five in the A-Z Food Photography Project, number five is E and I chose E is for Egg, cause everybody loves eggs, right?

So I have come to part five in this project and decided more or less immediately that I should go with the egg. Eggs look cool and can be used in so many different ways. I was considering scrambling some eggs or try to arrange whole eggs in some cool way. Gave up those plans in my head before even trying them.

After some consideration I decided to just go with some pan fried eggs. That is one of the most common ways to eat it and it works really well visually. Also a frying pan is normally round which meant that I would automatically get a round shape if I fried a bunch of eggs at the same time. Thinking was over, time to go to work.

A-Z Food Photography Project - E is for Egg

E is for Egg

First thing was to decide how the E would look. For the previous letters I have gone with a block style letter except for the D is for Doritos that I drew by hand. Now with the round shape that I really liked I wanted to keep that but still find a cool font that was not to complicated.

Luckily this is what computers are for. I just started up my text program and searched for a cool looking E that was also round. After some searching I found my E. The Bodoni MT Black. Then all I had to do was to simply draw it on a piece of paper, cut it and use it as a template for my egg.

A-Z Food Photography Project - E is for Egg

Now why didn’t I just print the E you wonder? Well, as most people I am way better at buying printers than I am at buying new ink for printers. I think I’ve probably bought and thrown away three printers without ever buying new ink for any of them. Not the wisest but hey, I am improving on my drawing skills.

What I used

These are the material I used for this photo shoot.
Eggs, about six
Oil
Frying pan
A piece of sample wallpaper
Thin transparent film, the stuff you use for flowers
Knife
Paper
Scissors
Hot sauce
Camera
Tripod
Natural light
A good looking fork

Now for the previous shoots I used my black background that is very good. But if I am going to do 25 of these shoots I need some variation. So I searched in my props department, that is the fancy name for the garage and downstairs chaos storage. I found a piece of pink wallpaper sample with white dots on it.

A-Z Food Photography Project - E is for Egg

Great, that will work but I will have to throw away the sample and it will most likely be messy if I don’t protect it. Luckily we had some transparent thick film that is used for flowers. You know the type of flowers you only give away.

So I rolled out the wallpaper close to my kitchen window and lay one layer of film on top, worked like a charm. Now let’s do this.

Setting up the camera

Last time I was complaining about bad lighting. Bad excuse for being lazy on my part. I do own a tripod for my camera so I set it up before starting to fry any eggs and made a test shoot. Even with poor lighting this worked a lot better. I used my standard 18-55 kit lens for my Canon EOS 700d.

A-Z Food Photography Project - E is for Egg

Now even though I have a tripod I couldn’t get it straight above the intended E is for Egg place so I had to get creative and lean the tripod on two of its three legs on the bench. Not very professional but what works works. To avoid shaking the camera I set the settings to self timer so it wouldn’t shake because of my setup and when taking the shot.

Frying some eggs

The easy part, I fried five eggs in one pan on low heat. I also added an extra yolk to get some yellow splashes of color in the white. Then I transferred the egg onto the film and let things cool. Once this was done I carefully lay my template on top and cut the egg carefully. Not easy but I think I managed ok. Some of the yolk ran out beside the E but I just wiped that off with some paper.

A-Z Food Photography Project - E is for Egg

Taking the photos for E is for Egg

Then I simply took some photos. With a pre-tested setup it worked like a charm. Then after some photos of just the egg I added some props. Some eggshells, a bit of hot sauce and a designer fork. Because expensive vintage designer forks looks better on photos. And then I used that very fork to eat the egg.

A-Z Food Photography Project - E is for Egg

What I learned on E is for Egg

Lots of lessons learned this time, most important are these that I will try to use for all the coming letters in this A-Z Food Photography Project.

  • Setup and test shoot before shaping any letters.
  • Use different backgrounds
  • Always use a tripod
  • Different fonts look better so use different each time

A-Z Food Photography Project - E is for Egg

About A-Z Photography Project at Ateriet

A-Z Photography Project is a photo project here at Ateriet and at Instagram. The idea is to photograph each letter of the alphabet and let it represent one food or something edible. I am making the project for fun and to hopefully improve on my photography skills.

You can follow the project on Instagram under the tag #atozinfood where some of these photos will be published from our Instagram for Ateriet that you’ll find at @AterietFood.

Feel free to share and contribute and come with critique about this project, just send us an email, leave a comment or connect on social media.

A-Z Food Photography Project - E is for Egg

A-Z Food Photography Project - E is for Egg

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3 Responses to A-Z Food Photography Project – E is for Egg

  1. […] to my black background again, I didn’t want to use the same pink wallpaper that I used for the E is for Eggs and even though I have a few others nothing really matched. I considered white but I thought that […]

  2. […] posts I’ve been stuck to using a black background which seems a bit boring, the exception is the E is for Egg that I think is the most successful letter […]

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