Behind The Scenes – Figs & Blackberries (No More Excuses)

Do you ever find yourself making excuses? And then using those excuses not to take photos at all (or draw or write or make, whatever your creative outlet may be)?

You know the sort of thing, I’d take more photos/better photo’s if only I had a better space to work in or a new lens or a better camera. I’d take amazing landscape pictures if only I could visit exotic locations. I’d take more photos but I don’t have enough spare time or anything interesting to photograph.

We are all guilty of using at least some of these excuses at some time or other. I’ve never been too interested in gear so haven’t really used the better camera or new lens excuses but I think I’ve used all the others at some time or other! But they are all rubbish really aren’t they? We can all learn to make the most of the equipment we already have. We can look more closely at our own landscape and find the elements of interest in it rather than feel the need to travel. And as for having nothing interesting to photograph, there is beauty and interest all around us all the time. We just need to start to see it and experiment with how we want to capture it.

And as for the excuses of not enough time and not the right sort of space to work in (and aren’t we all guilty of using at least one of those!) I thought I’d share a little bit of behind the scenes info to help.

If you follow my blog you’ve probably already seen the images below:

food photography, past their best

food photography, past their best

Food Photography Manchester

Food Photography Manchester

The blackberries and the figs were photographed as part of my “Past Their Best” series, a mini project to photograph out of date produce. Although they were photographed on different days the circumstances were identical – both had been bought the day before, on both days I was desperately short of time, I needed to photograph the food but didn’t have the time to start getting out lots of props and backdrops. So each one was shot in a corner next to the kitchen window using just two slate place mats and took between 5 and 10 minutes.

And here’s the behind the scenes look I promised!!

Food photography set up

So here’s a challenge for you:

Put aside any excuses, find yourself 10 minutes and a bit of space near a window. Choose something from around your home or kitchen to use as a subject and just play! Let your creativity run free and see what you can come up with in a short space of time, you might just be pleasantly surprised.

I’d love to see what you do, why not share on Instagram and use the hashtag #photoexcuses you can find me on Instagram as @definitely_dreaming, give me a mention to make sure I don’t miss it!

Of course if you are in the Beyond Snapshots Facebook group you can always share in there and if you aren’t a member just sign up for the free course here and you’ll get the link to join.



  • Elizabeth Reply

    Lovely photos, Janet. I just discovered you through twitter and have signed up to your free course. I love the idea of using slate as a background. I tend to use lighter colours but will experiment with something darker and see what I can achieve.

    • Janet Broughton Reply

      Thanks Elizabeth. Enjoy the course and I’ll look forward to seeing how you get along with some darker tones!

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