Lulu’s Cakepops 11/52

An old coworker of mine sent me an email asking if I could photograph a new cake product she is making. Luana and her husband own a deli and catering business and the cakepops are new products that they will offer in the deli and for parties. They are quite tasty! There are many flavor and styles, however this photo is of the coconut ones.

Nikon D700, ISO 200, 105mm, f/10, 1/60

Nikon D700, ISO 200, 105mm, f/10, 1/60

Instead of making a lighting diagram to show the lighting I used, I decided to snap a shot with my cell phone. For something as small as a cakepop, you don’t really need big lights. You need a small area with just enough lighting to give the product pop.
Cakepop lighting setup

I used the Nikon 105mm Macro lens, which for some of the shots, forced me to backup in order to get multiple cakepops in the frame. Two SB-900 flashes on the sides and one SB-800 on top. All were dialed down to the lowest power because I didn’t need to much light.

Thanks for reading and happy shooting,


  1. lori april March 20, 2011 at 9:17 am #

    they look delicious…yummm

    • Scott March 20, 2011 at 9:24 am #

      They are indeed :-)

  2. Mark Blundell March 20, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    I’ve done a bit of food photography – and use exactly the same setup as you. I only have the two lfashes so set then up high pointing down, but it works very well.

    There’s a fair bit of tweaking involved, but the results are great as you’ve shown.

    • Scott March 21, 2011 at 6:08 am #

      The little boxes are great for small products. Nice shots Mark!

  3. Khürt L Williams March 20, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

    Scott, I want to start doing more photography like this. Do you recommend buying a light box or building one (DIY)?

    • Scott March 21, 2011 at 6:09 am #

      The folding and pop-ups are not expensive, but if you think you’re going to shoot larger products eventually then you might want to go DIY.

  4. Scott Webb March 20, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

    Slick! They look awesome and makes me want to shoot some of this stuff. I only have an sb-900 and I’d end up making a DIY box

    • Scott March 21, 2011 at 6:10 am #

      You could probably pull it off with one light and strategic positioning.

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