Lately I've been bored with my food photography and feel like I'm falling into a rut. For instance, I originally did a granola photoshoot for my blog in a more traditional way, all rustic in a jar placed on a piece of distressed wood. It felt very staged and very much done (isn't that how EVERYONE shoots granola?) though I did use one of the photos for my recipe image.
For my lead photo though, I decided to push myself and go in the exact opposite direction and shoot with a more upscale magazine sensibility. Since I don't have a light table at home and the granola is small, I put a piece of acetate over my iPad and turned on an app called "whiteboard" that allows you to draw all over the white board with your finger. Of course if you don't draw on it, it's completely white and can be used as an ersatz light table.
Naturally diffused late afternoon light coming from the window on the left made sure that the granola wasn't backlit too much. Shot with a Canon 5DmkII, with 24-105mm lens at 60mm, 800iso, f4.0, 1/80 shutter speed.
As you can see with the left and right image, there was significant post-process from what it started as, where I brought the shadows up and moved a lot of the granola around digitally for better composition. I always design a lead photo with my blog posts, so there had to be plenty of space at the top of the photo for the header, as well as the bottom right for the URL. You can see the final image, with type, at my blog post: http://www.eatthelove.com/2013/01/how-to-make-granola/
I'm pretty happy with the way the image turned out and I'm looking forward to getting more outside my comfort zone, photowise. Feel free to ask questions if you have any.