How I'm Making A Difference Using A Speed Light In Food Photography

Every food photography image I've looked at, every article I read about food photography, every food photography I admire all illustrate just how important is lighting.  A speed light can make critical difference in lighting.  Yes, natural light is the best but it's not always available or even sufficient.

And that has been a big issue for me:  getting sufficient natural light.  To some degree, I've seem to have solved that problem.  I recently bought a speed light and placed it on the window seal.  The flash is positioned to bounce off the white ceiling or a white foam board.

This first image was taken with a speed light, the second without a speed light:

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What's in this favorite snack?

  • Cranberry and walnut bread
  • Rosemary baked ham, thinly sliced
  • Goat cheese
  • And of course, a lovely Riesling wine

The speed light sits on a window seal from where it boosts the natural light.  I used the speed light diffuser and positioned the head to bounce light off a white ceiling.  Paying close attention to the histogram, I was able to avoid white blow outs and get colors that were a little softer and more natural.

In the second image, you can see lots of white blow outs. Colors are flat and hard.  I had tried to compensate for insufficient natural light by bumping up my camera settings.  Nor did I utilize the histogram.

I only have one speed light; still, I find that I'm able to get not only better lighting but also more dependable lighting by boosting the natural light.  Next goal, get more creative with that one speed light!

Shirley
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