Brownie Stories (Part 3): Photographing Rocky Road Brownies

A little over two years ago, I bought my beloved dSLR camera. It’s secondhand and “semi-professional,” purchased cheaply off a friend of a friend who was looking to get a more advanced camera. I, on the other hand, was just venturing out of point-and-shoot country, looking to take my food photography to the next level. And these Rocky Road Brownies were the first pictures I took with it.

This was around the time when I started to get interested in lighting, framing, depth of field, exposure etc. But I was constantly getting frustrated by the limitations of my old point-and-shoot.

With sunlight streaming through the windows, I dragged a wooden stool into the shafts of light, plonked down a plate of said brownies, and began shooting away. I’m really proud of the photographs that came out from that first little shoot, because I finally got my baking to look as good as they taste.

These brownies are really simple to make, by the way. Just follow my Best Brownies Ever recipe, except use 50g of chopped walnuts and 50g of coarsely crumbled digestive biscuits instead of all nuts. And 10 minutes before the end of baking time, remove the pan, cover the top with mini marshmallows, and return to the oven. Cut these brownies with a knife dipped in hot water to reduce sticking. Rainbow sprinkles are optional.

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