Lighting my photographs is such a fun challenge. Here are some really simple methods I use to light my home food photographs.
First, I love contrast. I often use a simple white background. I use white tabletops, slabs of marble (pastry slabs), or sometimes just white foam board. For a more moody look, use a dark background like my dining table.
In these photos, I brought the plate/items over to my dining table by a window. I am facing the food and the window is at my right. This window side lighting creates a nice, bright, and interesting light on the food. This way you get some shadows. I love to do food photographs in the morning by a bright window.
I don’t have a very bright home so I need to boost my ISO up to 1250, bump down my shutter speed to 200 and open my aperture to 2.8 sometimes to get the look I want.
The waffles were shot on a sunny morning and the cookies were shot on a cloudy morning.
What tips/websites/Instagram accounts help you in food styling and photography?
Here are some photos from a recent shoot for Gianna of AcuIntuit as she develops a rebranding of her site. She is a natural in front of the camera. Here are a couple tips for your next photoshoot.
When I get in front of a camera I turn into an awkward goofball. I raise my shoulders, eyebrows and my hands start taking on a life of their own. HA!
Next time you have your photo taken, take a deep breath and poise yourself in a natural, non-posey way. Look right into that lens as if you were looking into another person’s eyes and give them a kind, gentle smile.
If you have a photoshoot coming up, consider a little cocktail before the shoot!
Some of my favorite photos of myself were taken when I wasn’t “posing.” Be yourself and your photographer will capture those moments!
Hey, I shared some observations that I had made about how I was reacting to my environment and my friend literally congratulated me for “being a witness” in my own life. Thank you, Jen.
How often do you stand back and look at your life as an observer?
I seriously blew my own mind. HA! I was able to make some amazing and simple changes that made me SO much happier!!! Literally most of the changes were just in my own head/heart.
Sometimes I would observe a patient’s change of temperament as soon as he was given a diagnosis for his longstanding “non-diagnosable” ailment. “Ah HA!” Now there was a plan of action. An identity. There were choices.
Take a look! Are you willing to share?
(This is a shot from this weekend’s shoot I hope to share soon)