Sushi, Four Ways!



“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating. ” ~Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright, Pavarotti, My Own Story

One of the early tasks, set as part of this assignment was to photograph food. With many options available ranging from Italian, Chinese and French as usual I decided to go it alone and the naughty creative juices made me think Japanese.

The purpose of this exercise was to show through lighting, equipment, colour, tones and of course the subject, how you can communicate a message or theme to your audience. The food really speaks for itself and it’s not hard to work out that this is Japanese food. The hard part was showing the food aesthetically to portray the culture using props and post production.

I chose the props myself and although they are not traditional Japanese cutlery I hope I have done the food justice and not confused you all into thinking “nice sushi, shame about the dining set”. When I think of Japan, I think of clean lines and simplicity and everything in its place!

Dozo omeshiagarikudasai!

Following on from my peers constructive feedback, I have taken some time to make the adjustments needed to hopefully produce four images that fit the theme of this task. I’ve made changes to white balance, contrast, vibrancy, my watermark and extended the table runner to define the plate where it had blended into the background.

See what you think, compare these images to those above and give me some feedback because it really helps!!


  1. I personally think the sushi needs to be more vibrant in order to stand out & catch people’s eyes as the plates are so simple a bit of vibrant colour would look interesting x


  2. These look much better. Sometimes all it takes is someone else’s eye to push us in the right direction. The plates now look crisp and white visually communicating freshness. The sushi is really eye-catching and all the colours of your props work really well together. Im struggling to choose a favourite but I think Id have to say its Sushi Seaweed.The eye is drawn straight to the sushi with all items and props framing it nicely, leading your eye to the rest of the image. Great job Debs…now Im off to get some sushi!!!


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