#09 Light Your Food Photo

So how do you decide what type of light to choose? Go back to what story are you trying to tell? In some cases, light can play a really important role. If your story is about two people having breakfast, you better get that morning light. If your story is about picnic (or outing) and the sandwiches, hard shadows may be appropriate and hard light would work. Light sets the mood of the story. So depending on your story, you have to choose what type of light you want.

  • Step 1 – Today again, select the subject. Ideally use the same food subject, you have been using last couple of days.
  • Step 2 – Set up the food subject in a way that the source of light is on one side. Take a photograph using all the principles we talked about in last few days.
  • Step 3 – Move yourself (or the light source) so that light source is in the background. Take a photograph.
  • Step 4 – If you can find a harsh light source (direct sunlight), take a photograph with that source. If you use on camera flash, take a photo with flash turned on.
  • Step 5 – Now compare these photos. Recall your story and the specific elements we discussed yesterday. Which one of these photos compares closely with your story? Tell us which lighting do you like in general?
  • Step 6 – Upload the best photo.

Today I decided to take picture of red onion again. I brought some more details to my new story.

There is more vegetable on the scene and my onion is cutting to the rings and small pieces with a knife. I used also my silver vintage bowl and similar background to it.

And what about light? I tried back lighting (picture on the left) and side lighting (picture on the right). I used an reflector on left side of scene.

I prefere the picture with back lighting because of better mood. I like that dark shadows, contrast, colors... It is about preparation of food in the bright morning in the kitchen.