Step 1: Obtain jelly beans. I got mine in the bulk section of Market of Choice but seriously you can get jelly beans just about anywhere.
Step 2: Setup the area where I would shoot the photo. I used the back of a speaker box as my base and taped a sheet of heavy white paper on a wall so it hung down and then rolled out onto the speaker box. This gave me a seamless white background.
Step 3: Setting up the lighting and camera. I used 2 flashes for this shot. I had a bare Canon 430EXII directly camera left that was directed at the background to keep the lighting fairly even. I also had a Canon 580EXII with a Lumiquest Softbox III to provide even and diffuse lighting on the subject. The camera was on a tripod and setup with a wireless remote trigger as well as a Cactus V4 transmitter to trigger the flashes.
Step 4: Take a few test shots and get the lighting and exposure correct. For this shot I ended up with the following settings: Canon 5DII | Tamron 28-75 | f/14 | 1/125th sec. | ISO 200. I also set the drive mode to continuous shooting so that I could take continuous shots as the jelly beans began to fall.
Step 5: Start shooting. Using my remote trigger I dropped a handful of jelly beans into the partially filled bowl and triggered the shutter which continuously shot as I continued to drop jelly beans. I shot almost 200 images to get this final shot. I think if I do this again I will rig up a system to drop the jelly beans and probably drop a larger quantity. While I like this final shot I want to see what it would look like with a larger stream of jelly beans cascading down from above.
Step 6: Clean up all the jelly beans that have now bounced all around the room by eating them. It turned into a sweet shoot.
In the future I am going to try and take a photo of the setup that I use and post that along with the final image so that you can see exactly how images like this are made. Sometimes they involve quite a bit of prep before the actual shooting starts.
Thanks for taking a look.