Step By Step Instructions
Fruit and Vegetables look fresh and appetizing on clean white backgrounds, that's why most food photography is done on white, pattern-free plates. This focuses and draws the eye to the detail of the food.
1. This first example uses a tomato, to take a 'floating' shot of the tomato, set up a white photo-Stage on a window sill. Click here for instructions.
2. Prepare the tomato by washing it to remove dust. You can either dry it completely or leave a few water droplets to make it look fresh.
3. Turn on your camera, set it to auto/macro without flash (avoid using the flash with to prevent white patches in your picture). If your indoor lighting is too dim, you can always set up Foto-Stage outdoors or add fill light with Picasa. BUT you can still take photos in low light and use Picasa to add Fill Light later.
Here are examples of photos that were taken at night, they are too dark, which is not a problem.
4. Import these photos into Picasa and add light until it 'floats' the tomato.
More examples, here's some Papaya and a Strawberry....
And here are some Carrots, a Red Cabbage and 2 cute Mushrooms.