This photo was created from only three plated Creme Caramels, not the six you see here. I achieved this though using a layer mask in Photoshop.
This saved me a lot of work in the kitchen, and gave me the chance to use Repetition as a composition style. Notice the one broken pudding, and how the eye goes staight to it.
This shot was taken in natural light on a dull morning, with a West Facing window. No diffusers were used. With composites, you need to take at least two photograhs to merge, so the light needs to be consistent.
See how I moved the plates to make two scenes I could combine.
These photos are unedited. I did a lightroom edit after I combined them. The broken creme caramel was not moved for the second photo. Adobe tutorials have an excellent video on Combining Images, which you can view if you have Photoshop. Finally I used the clone stamp tool to copy a plate into the top right and bottom left corner.
A Wedding Breakfast