Food Photography, Day 9

Day 9, and it’s all about light today. And the next day, and the day after, it seems. The rules of light are that …. well, you need it. Some sort, any sort. Cloudy daylight works best we’re told, and if the light is too bright (and harsh) then deflectors (sounds very Star Trekkie to me) are useful. Shields up, and boldly go to your camera with this in mind:

Backlight gives elegant and pure photos.
Sidelight enhances texture and form.

Light from the right
Light from the right

Unfortunately, we’re being soaked and blown sidewise by the remnants of Hurricane Bertha, so no photography outside until the weather improves. I shall return ….

The weather’s improved, so let’s get cracking.

These are photos of my bug-eaten, wasp-stung, organic apples using side light and overhead light. All natural light. After I photographed them, I made applesauce.

If you roll your mouse over the photos below, you can read comments about the light source and direction.

Now … off to find some cardboard and some cheap aluminium foil. Deflectors Up!


4 Comments Add yours

  1. This is something that I have been practicing just now…itching to improve 🙂

    1. Misky says:

      It takes a long time to play with these angles and seek out the best light. I have a new and boundless respect for food photographers. 🙂

  2. Thanks for the light source notes. I am unbelievably bad at getting that right!

  3. purelivingforlife says:

    Amazing how subtle changes in light direction alter a photo! Great stuff!

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