food photography tip: light

I want to do weekly posts about food photography tips and tricks, what do you think?

To kick it off I want to talk the importance of light…

This photo was taken around 3:00pm near a large window. Taking full advantage of the wonderful sunshine.

This photo was taken around 9:00pm in the kitchen, just using the overhead lights. Yuck.

We are going to avoid that blurry, orangey photo that plages us all by doing one simple thing: using natural sun light to light our photos. 99.9% of the food photos on my blog are lit by 3 giant windows in my diningroom. Using natural light at a large window to light your photographs will make a world of difference in your photos, pinky promise.  I don’t care if you don’t have a nice DSLR camera with a expensive lens attached to the front, this will help your photos. Really, my iPhone and beautiful window light make decent pictures, the first photo in this post is an Instagram from my iPhone at my food styling table. (It’s also a shot from my cookbook!). Shooting outside, in late afternoon (too avoid direct shadows), or under a porch covering is a great place to shoot as well, don’t feel like your chained to the window.

Sun light is your friend, large windows are your friend, outside is your friend.


Thoughts? Ideas?

And just so you know, I use a Canon 50D, 50 f/1/8, and a 70-200 f/4.0 I also love to rent the 10-22 f/3.5-4.5



5 thoughts on “food photography tip: light

  1. i would love to see more. i use a canon s100 and i am trying to shoot some nice photos off it. do u think u can cover tips such as setting up lights for food shots that are meant for dinner (no natural light)?

    your blog and photos are gorgeous!

  2. I love this post. I did some research on Marcus Nilsson and he almost always uses natural light for his food photography. I agree with him, and you, that when it comes to this. Natural light makes food seem effortless and unpretentious. good post. keep these tips coming!

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