Achieving mouthwatering food photography can be quite a simple task. If all you have is you camera you can create gorgeous images using only your window light.
Earlier we discussed how to photograph food using natural light in the studio environment today we will show you how it can be done using small window at your own home or kitchen.Natural window light is used as back light to emphasize texture of the food.
Successful food shot depends on food presentation as much as it does on lighting and composition. Take your time to make sure the food looks it’s best when you cook it. Pay attention to details when plaiting your food. Previously we used professional food stylist and today Debra (Robert’s wife) was talked into performing this important task.
Focal point is highly important part of food photography. You may use shallow DOF to help emphasize the most appetizing part of the image. Pay close attention to detail when preparing the food so you would have interesting activity happening in your focal point. When you focus your camera make sure the area of interest is in focus. The rest of the image can go soft.
Not all prepared food can be shot only using window back light. While back light works really well on flat styled (presented) food, your food creation might be built vertically and the light would not able to wrap around it resulting in a dark image.
Simply bounce the light back using white fill card or reflector. To bounce hard light: mirror can be utilized.
Styling: Any partner can be utilized. You may also like to collaborate with a chef or aspiring food stylist.
Challenge: Food in Environment. Photograph food using natural window light. Pay attention to the styling and composition. Incorporate elements what would suggest environment / setting: Table-cloth, fork, glass of drink etc… Make sure your white balance is right on. Post you image in comments using share your shot link.