French Toast Sausages: Behind the Scenes

French Toast Sausages Diptic

Since this is the day after the Rose Parade and Mondo and I are about to head out to see the floats, I’ll keep the french toast sausages shoot short and simple.


I wanted to do an easy menu shot for Foodgawker and Tastespotting along with a few shots for the post.  Unfortunately, I had a lot of trouble getting these to look right.  Maybe I was just tired from the holidays, but my lighting was a mess.

Getting it together

After futzing around for a few hours trying to make boring menu photographs I thought Foodgawker would like, I finally started to make photographs that I liked.

Since I was having trouble, I shut down everything except for one light and went back to the basics. This was a textured object, so I setup  a light panel on the left and scraped light across the surface of the object.  I then placed a white board on the opposite side of the light to reduce contrast.  That’s it.

With this simplified setup, I got a few shots I liked, and called it a day.

french toast sausages lighting setup


Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Tamron 17-50mm 2.8
Strobes: White Lightning x1600
Tripod: Manfrotto
ISO: 200
Focal Length: 50mm
Shutter: 125
Aperture: f/16


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    David, you made it all sound so simple. You feigned problems getting started then hit us over the head,WHAM!!! What an incredible final photo product. I looked at the French toast sausages and wanted to devour them right then and there. I noticed I’ve gained weight since I found I Bake He Shoots.

    • 3

      Thanks Felix,

      I noticed I’ve gained weight since I took these pictures. After the shoot, Mondo and I devoured every last sausage. They were incredibly delicious.

      • 4

        Have you ever thought of inviting a portly bake freak at your shoots? At the conclusion of a session let the freak devour with sheer delight what you’ve shot and you and Mondo’s problems will be resolved.

        • 5

          No, for some strange reason, I didn’t consider a portly bake freak. I guess I’ll place an ad in the classifieds and get one for the next shoot.

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