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Photographing sweets close up

Grab a handful of sweets and shoot some creative close-ups.

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Sweets and chocolates are a popular Christmas gift so you should have a few left over! But before you gobble the last of them down, try sticking a few in a bowl and photograph them.


  • A macro lens is very useful but not essential
  • Tripod – One where the centre column can be turned horizontal such as Vanguard's Alta Pro series is useful so you can get right in and over the top of the sweets. You could also use a table top tripod such as Vanguard's SP-31.
  • Paper or card for the background
  • Plenty of sweets
  • A container to hold the sweets
You want to work where there's plenty of light so try and position yourself near a window. Plain backgrounds work best. Still life tables that have a perspex base work well but a piece of white card or paper will work perfectly fine if you don't have one.

If you're working with a container such as a glass bowl try using a slightly wider aperture to isolate the sweets, throwing the bowl out-of-focus just enough so it's not distracting but so the viewer still knows what it is.

For shots of just the sweets fill the frame with them, using a small aperture to give you a greater depth-of-field to ensure more of your photo is sharp.

Take the bowl away and line a few chocolates up on the paper. Grouping items in odd numbers works really well but so can pairing certain foods up so have a play with your sweets and see what works for you. Shooting from above works well but make sure you move your feet and have a look around the scene you've created to see how shooting it from the side or head-on would work.

Watch your white balance, avoid using flash and if you want to give your sweet shots a little more punch, try adjusting the contrast in Photoshop.

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