Jojie Certeza Sydney Food and Landscape Photographer

All I wanted were some apples and pears when I saw these mangoes. They were cheap! Three pieces for five dollars? Then it got cheaper when I saw the box they were selling. Sixteen dollars for twenty pieces of mangoes. Now that's a bargain!

I was out buying some apples and pears when I saw mangoes being sold for 3 pieces for five dollars. I haven't had mangoes in a long time—mainly because they are expensive here in Australia. Mangoes are abundant in stores during the summer months and usually disappears during autumn and you'll be waiting another 9 months until the next season. For five dollars you get three pieces of mangoes, this was enough encouragement for the purchase of mangoes.

As I was choosing the better quality mangoes, I happen to glance down and saw more mangoes. These mangoes were sold per boxes. Sixteen dollars per box. After counting the pieces in the box, it was a clear bargain to buy the whole box instead. There were twenty mangoes in the box. Less than a dollar for each mango!

I took the mangoes to work and to my surprise one of them eat mangoes. They don't mind mangoes, they have nothing against mangoes, but it's just not in their menu. I was left eating all twenty of them! Like who doesn't like mangoes right? Seriously. More for me though!

Cactus V6 remote transciever

As a Sydney food photographer, taking photos of fruits that I am about to indulge on simply makes sense. I also have few new photography toys to play with. The Cactus v6. These are the new products from Cactus for remote triggers. Unlike it's predecessors, the cactus v6 allows you to control the settings of your flash output remotely. This means, you simply adjust your settings from the transciever attached to your camera and off you go. There's no need to walk around to your flashes and manually set them. Unfortunately, that is not the case for me. My flashes are Lumopro—a dedicated manual flash, therefore, it can't be controlled remotely. I still have to use my feet and make adjustments to my settings. Still, I have a new toy to play with. If you'd like to learn more about these remote trigger please click on the (affiliate link)Cactus Wireless WRLS Flash Transceiver V6

Lighting challenges

Food photography without any hiccups is just unheard of. There will be something that just isn't quite right and needs addressing. It could be composition, an extra props or too much props and in my case, work space and lighting.

I had a very small work space, by that I meant very small workspace! I could only place one light behind the subject without obtruding. I literally had no movement space. My options were that limited that I had to rely on the camera settings to balance the shot.

I wanted to shoot at f/stop 14 to give my subject clarity. But I did not have enough lights to work with. If it's not the lack of lighting, it would be too much of it. However, I set my flash power output and camera settings, they just didn't want to play together nicely. I ended up going for f stop of 2.5 and reduce my flash power output to 1/16th and had to bump my ISO to 400 and this did the trick! After hours of messing around with lights and shutter speeds and aperture values what worked was by increasing the ISO level. It confuses me but hey it works and that's all it matters at the end of the day. I got my shot. I got my keeper shot.

Jojie Certeza is a Sydney based photographer. His passion for photography started in 2007 after being introduced by a friend who is also passionate about photography. I have two websites; asimplecreationcom which primarily focuses on food photography and ozpinoy.com for everything else, including landscape and life in Australia—more like an online diary of just about anything that I might share to the rest of the world.

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