This is my first Food Photography Tips post. I have picked up a few photography tricks blogging these last three and a half years. I have learned as I go along, read some Food Styling Books and took a basic photography class. The best of what I have learned is from trial and error. Just shoot and learn as I go.
Today’s tip is “Use Natural Light” whenever possible. It makes a HUGE difference. All the images on this page are UNEDITED. I am using a Canon EOS Rebel T3i
with a Canon EF 50mm Macro Lens. The First two strawberry images are shot in natural daylight. I was testing out my newly painted tabletops and grabbed some strawberries and just started shooting away. The strawberries are soft, glossy, bright and have a 3-D effect. It looks as if you could grab them out of the picture and eat them. Natural lighting is so important that I prefer to hold onto a recipe that I made and shoot it outside the next day because I know it will bring my recipe to life. If you want a great shot, look for natural lighting in the shade or soft morning light. In my last blog post of Pumpkin Pie-Lets, I photographed at 7am when the light shimmered gently onto my porch. I baked these the night before and knew that it was worth it to wait for good natural light early the next morning.
This is my indoor studio lighting kit . It’s a little space in my garage that I have reserved for food photography. I use a sheer curtain in front of my lights to give a soft glow and a soft box on top. If I am making something in the evening that will absolutely not hold till the next day, I will shoot in my garage. My Flu Elixir recipe was photographed in my garage with studio lighting. I did a bit of editing to these pictures to make them pop.
Below you will see the same strawberries shot in studio lighting. These are unedited, shot with the same camera and same settings. The huge difference is natural lighting versus indoor studio lighting. Which lighting do you prefer??? Can you see the difference??? Although this is a nice, image, I much prefer outdoor lighting.
As a recap of this post:
1) Use outdoor lighting whenever possible
2) Use morning light when the sun is shining softly on your food.
3) Photograph in the shade, preferably on a porch
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