Basic Set up for Food Photography
Blogging Marathon# 31: Week 4/ Day 1
Theme: Moderator's Choice/ Behind the Scenes of a Click
Dish: Banana Bread Oatmeal
We start the final week of Blogging Marathon today and my theme for this week is 'Moderator's Choice'. Our moderator, Valli, gave us 5 themes to choose from. For the first day I chose to show you behind the scenes of one of my click, Banana bread Oatmeal.
One of the most important aspect of food photography (or any photo in general) is lighting. Natural lighting is the cheapest and best option. The thing to note is not all light is is good for taking pictures, like for example harsh day light creates shadows that results in unappealing food photos. Light changes during the day and differs in intensity and color in different seasons. Knowing and understanding light is one of the biggest step towards taking better food photos.
In my house, depending on the time of day I'm doing the photo shoot, I have 3 places where I set up and take pictures. Today I'm showing you my set up in the dining room. I get plenty of morning sunlight here until about noon time, so if I cook something for the blog before lunch, this is where I take my photos.
As you can see I have big windows with blinds (not shown in the picture) letting in lots of light. I'm lazy to use diffusers (white bed sheet or vellum paper), so I just manipulate the blinds to get light that I like. I have white foam boards that I use to bounce light back and avoid shadows.
All of the set up is pretty basic and all of my pictures are taken when my kids are doing whatever they are doing near the table. 9 out of 10 times my little princess is holding onto my legs begging to pick her up or hovering around to see what's going on.
Here's the final click.