Food Photo Tips: Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili

Give Me All the Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a staple in my limited diet. They’ve never let me down, are easy to digest, and thankfully, are super healthy! I probably eat them 4-5 times a week, and I’m always looking for different ways to cook them. So when Our State emailed out a recipe for Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili last week, I knew I had to try it. 

My mom is an amazing cook, so I persuaded her to test the recipe first (my cooking skills are mediocre at best). And by the way, this sweet potato chili is so yummy that I cannot stop eating it! 

See the food images below, along with camera settings and before/after edits made.

Photos, Settings & Edits:

These photos are taken with natural lighting only, using a Canon 5D Mark IV and my favorite Sigma 35mm lens! I’ll include camera settings under each before/after image.


The edits are made all using ONE Lightroom Preset… it’s called Clean w/ Light Boosted from The Luxe Lens! I started playing with this preset a few weeks ago and it is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Other than cropping, a change in white balance or a slight increase in exposure, no other edits were made.

Seasonings

Spices for Sweet Potato Chili Lightroom Preset Comparison Photos - Rachel Carter Images
Camera settings: 1/50 sec. at f/4.0, ISO 2000
Sweet Potato Chili - Food Photography Tips
Camera settings: 1/80 sec. at f/4.0, ISO 2000

Onions & Sweet Potatoes

Onions for Sweet Potato Chili
Camera settings: 1/250 sec. at f/3.2, ISO 2000
Sweet Potatoes for Chili - Food Photography Tips
Camera settings: 1/125 sec. at f/3.5, ISO 2000
Onions & Sweet Potatoes for Chili - Food Photo Tips
Camera settings: 1/80 sec. at f/3.5, ISO 2000
Camera settings: 1/80 sec. at f/3.5, ISO 2000

Black Beans

Camera settings: 1/30 sec. at f/3.5, ISO 2000

Ground Beef

Camera settings: 1/60 sec. at f/2.8, ISO 2000
Camera settings: 1/60 sec. at f/5.6, ISO 3200

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili

Camera settings: 1/25 sec. at f/5.6, ISO 3200

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