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Cheesecake and Chocolates | by Billy Wilson Photography
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Cheesecake and Chocolates

© Billy Wilson 2010


Cheesecake and chocolates on a pink background. This is an outtake from another little shoot I did for Istockphoto, my best images from the shoot should be appearing soon in my portfolio on Istockphoto.


About the Photo

*Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS *Lens: EF 50mm ƒ/1.8 II *Shutter Speed: 0.8 Sec. *Aperture Value: ƒ/8 *ISO: 100 *Focal Length: 50mm (80mm Equivalent in 35mm Film)


I shot this on a tripod using mirror lockup and a 2 Sec. selftimer. To the left of the camera was a north facing window diffused with a bed sheet providing the key light. To the right of the camera I held a reflector to fill in some of the shadows. The cheesecake and chocolates are sitting on a piece of pink silk.


I opened the RAW file in ACR and increased the exposure, fill light, and blacks, to make the image brighter without losing too much contrast. I then increased the clarity and vibrance sliders slightly. I then manipulated the tone curve to give a more contrasty and brighter look to the image. I then slightly sharpened the image and reduced the noise because I might have increased it by brightening the image. I then changed the hue of the reds slightly and saturated them and made them brighter, so the strawberry stood out better. Then I brightened and saturated the oranges. Then I brightened and desaturated the yellows which made the cake look a bit more neutral in colour and texture. Finally I went back and decreased the vibrance slider because the overall image looked too saturated.


I then opend the RAW file in CS4 and saved a 16 bit TIFF file of the image. Then I duplicated the layer and cloned out all the little spots on the cake, chocolates, and strawberry to make them look better. Then I made another layer and used CS4's content aware scaling to make the left side of the background leave the frame because it looked too wrinkled and distracting. Then I cropped what was distracting left at the boarders of the image out and saved the 16 bit TIFF file, converted to sRGB colourspace and saved as a JPEG to upload to the internet.


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Taken on May 22, 2010