For those interested in making something extraordinary and dramatic out of ordinary food photography, this article gives some great tips on approaching it from a painter's perspective.
Will Kemp gives us 5 tips to better food photography:
1. Use a Single Light SourceHere are the other 4 tips.
This is very effective when you’re painting because it really helps to give the illusion of depth and that is one of the trickiest things to achieve when your trying to convince the viewer of your subject.
When you use one light source you produce lovely shapes of what are called cast shadows, as in the shadow cast by an object. I often study the shadows more than the subject. You don’t need an expensive light, the photo above was lit using a $5 torch.
You can use this technique when composing your photograph to try and keep it really simple, that way it looks more dramatic .
I'm going to have to do some experimenting.