In Part 1 of this article, we got a behind-the-scenes look at the equipment, lighting and shooting setup used by Ryan Matthew Smith to achieve the stunning food photos in Modernist Cuisine. Now, we’ll take a look at the second step in the process: cleaning up your pictures in Photoshop to really make them come to life.
Ryan is amazingly talented with Photoshop and he has shared some of his favorite tricks and techniques with me. There is a lot more to be learned than what’s covered in this article, but this is a great start for any food photographer looking to squeeze a little more succulence out of your shots.
The steps below are my attempt at cleaning up the grapefruit picture shown here. Although my process achieves a similar result to Ryan’s work on the same photo, chances are, an experienced Photoshop guru like Ryan can correct this image faster, cleaner and more accurately. However, as I was quite pleased with the finished product, so I thought I’d share my steps with you.
At the end of the article, I’ve listed a handful of other useful Photoshop tips that Ryan was kind enough to share.