This was breakfast this morning. I only had two, and they were the plain cake doughnuts, so a little less sugar, ok? And it wasn't my fault, I didn't buy them either. My amazing food stylist, Erin Quon (see her website here) and my fabulous prop stylist, Heidi Adams (see her website here) decided to brings doughnuts for our last day of shooting Neiman Marcus' Holiday catalog. So sweet of them. The funny part is that almost all of the crew pretends not to give in to the temptation, yet by noon about 24 doughnuts (and the pigs in a blanket) were gone. I never saw a single person eating them. Amazing! ;-) Does this happen elsewhere?
The doughnuts were shot on wax paper, simulated diffused window light on the left. No fill light.
The final look of the image was achieved with editing software. it's something you just have to play with till you get what you see in your head. Ansel Adams talked a lot about learning how to previsualize your final print/image. It comes with experience, but it is something you should always be doing while you're shooting. Do it long enough and it becomes second nature.
It didnt take a long time for me to photograph and edit the 13 doughnuts. Maybe 45 minutes total. For my taste, if it doesn't happen fast, it's not going to happen. Period.