It was pretty good, better to use as a base to build upon than as a standalone pizza. It needed more flavor to really work - even some salt or chopped garlic would have pumped up the flavor sufficiently. Anyway, we have leftovers for a week now.
For lighting, I wanted to try something simple, but a bit different. I bounced one flash off the wall to give some even background lighting and then snooted the other flash (I need to find something better than a piece of white paper for this purpose) and aimed it down at the table from about 8 ft up. The snooted flash was a couple of stops brighter than the bounced flash.
That worked pretty well in creating a spotlight on the pizza. I used a green fabric remnant as a table cloth to highlight the green basil leaves on the pizza.
Given that it's just a store bought pizza on a cutting board, it's not a bad image.
- Fresh basil gets all crinkly and ugly when baked at 400 degrees.
- Using a background that matches the color of an element in the food can really provide a nice color boost to the image.
- I like the effect of the snoot on the lighting, but I have a long way to go to learn how best to use it