A Closer Look at Candy - Banner


Like many people, I absolutely love candy. Of course, candy has the ability to please our palates and we very much enjoy it for that! Candy is also quite visually appealing. It comes in a variety of different colors, textures, shapes, and sizes. I thought that candy would make an interesting subject for a photography project because it is so aesthetically pleasing.

For my project, I decided to photograph nine of my favorite candies. I chose to photograph these candies up close to get a better look at the textural qualities of each piece. I took images at 1 X and 5 X of each candy using the Zeiss Stemi 2000 CS. I also took an overview photo of each piece using a copystand setup.

I encountered many problems while photographing for this project. First, I had a hard time maintaining the color balance between the images as they were shot at different magnifications. Secondly, upon uploading the photos to the web, the color balance and saturation were further skewed. After many tiny adjustments in hue and saturation in Photoshop, my images finally accurately represent the nine candies that I photographed. I am quite happy with the results of my work and hope that you will find them pleasing as well. Enjoy!



* The word "candy" comes from "├žahn-da," which in Sanskrit means "piece of sugar."

* Food historians believe that candies were first used as medical treatments for digestive problems.

* The first candies ever made were probably honey coated fruits and nuts.

* Most candies are made by dissolving sugar in either milk or water. The temperature of the dissolving
liquid determines the type of candy. Hot temperatures produce hard candies. Medium temperatures
produce softer candies. Cool temperatures produce chewy candies.

* The average child says that they prefer candy and gum over chocolate.

* The average American consumed 24 pounds of candy in 2006.