Between feeding two kids and a dog and getting them ready for church this morning (the kids, not the dog), I was able to get in some practice with lighting to share with y’all.
This is the second installment in a new series intended for food bloggers who have little to no photographic training and are trying their best to take gorgeous photos for their sites.
I definitely fall into this category, so I am not claiming to be an expert (not even close). I am at the bottom of the totem pole as far as food photographers go, but am working on my craft everyday. If you are new to food photography too, I hope this series is a quick and easy tool to help you get better photos up on your sites until you can invest the time in a class with a professional.
In my first post I showed you a couple of photos that I took in my kitchen with indoor lighting, then a couple of photos that I took in the same room with just natural light coming from french doors. It’s crazy how different they turned out.
Remember, you don’t want direct sunlight falling on your subject. If you feel the window light is too harsh, drape a white bed sheet over the window to mellow and diffuse the light. Place a table close to your window and 2 white reflectors for front fill and you’re ready to go. Have fun! | Cooking without Limits
I don’t have white reflectors yet, but I took her advice literally this morning and draped a white bed sheet over my french doors to see how it would affect my photos.
Here are unedited photos of what we had for breakast, my Acai Bowl recipe, taken in light coming in directly from my north facing french window. They look okay, but they are surprisingly dark, a little sharp, and have a blueish tint to them. Plus you can see the refection of the window on the plate on the right.
Here are unedited photos taken in the same spot but with a white bed sheet draped over the windows. As you can clearly see, the lighting is a lot softer and surprisingly brighter, even before editing.
And here’s the final product after some tweaking with iPhoto.
The sheet really did make a difference! I’d love to see what the white reflectors would have done to these photos.
I don’t think that’s too shabby for someone who doesn’t know their way around a camera yet, do you? You can do it too!
So go out and get yourself an inexpensive white bed sheet, turn off those lights and have some fun! Those are the first two pieces of advise I have for you guys so far. Wait, what kind of blog is this anyways, lol 😉