Pomegranate Seeds on a black slate background. I used my large stone age slate cheese board for the background to add texture in addition to making the vivid red fruit and seeds pop. I used the vintage tarnished silverware from my parents wedding gift real silver set. My mother gave the silverware set to me when her and my father were retiring from their home in the Chicago northwest suburb of Illinois to northern Wisconsin near Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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When getting ready to produce and style this food photography shoot of pomegranate seeds I wanted to go for a dark and moody lighting style. I used natural window lighting rigging my Canon DLSR 5D Mark II camera (a work horse I have used the past ten years almost, though I did recently update my camera body to the mirrorless Canon EOS R) to an overhead flat lay. To get the flat lay I use my backdrop stands and Manfrotto Super Clamp to mount my camera body overhead.

Since starting to photograph still life food photography I’ve learned to love to use live view software that Canon offers with their digital cameras especially shooting flat lays. I set my laptop next to the subject where I can compose the frame seeing the live results on screen.