I’ve been trying to avoid cliches with this assignment, but as soon as I saw this assignment on the list, I knew that this was pretty much the exact image I wanted to shoot. I’m quite happy with how it turned out, for the most part.
Simple two-light setup again. One was snooted directly overhead, pointed downward at the cake. I had black posterboard set up as essentially “seamless.” I cut the horns out of the paper and hung a red posterboard behind it, and underexposed it by maybe a stop, stop-and-a-half with another slaved strobe. Easy peasy! I’m a little displeased by the obvious jaggedness of the cutout; I would do a better job of this if there were a next time. I could probably fix it with some dedicated editing, too, but I simply don’t have the time. It’s not a dealbreaker for me.
I’m happy with the texture on the cake. The lighting is pretty much exactly as I imagined, and the white plate bouncing a lot of light back up at the cake itself is instrumental for this.
A final note: I did not succumb to this temptation! My stomach was growling the whole time, but I ended up giving it away. Now if you’ll excuse me, I must go pat myself on the back.