Part V – Lighting
Today I’ll be covering Textures & What to do when you want to photograph in a badly lit room.
You have to first ask yourself – do you prefer to emphasize or de-emphasize the texture of your food or dish? To me, I would always try my utmost best to emphasize the texture of food. This is especially so in the case of ice cream photography, when it is necessary to capture its texture. Notice the difference between the two ice cream photographs below and how it shows viewers that they are two very different types of ice cream.
It is clear that this is a cream based ice cream, as you can tell from its swirls and ‘heavy’ texture – that holds the chocolate rice and nuts in place.
You can tell that this is a fruit sherbet because it doesn’t look like it included as much cream as the ice cream above. All this is possible simply by looking at the texture of the ice cream. If you want people to know that this is a raspberry flavoured sherbet, you could add some raspberry fruit around or in the glass bowl.
Source: Wikipedia Ice cream
2. What to do when you want to photograph in a badly lit room
I tried my best to draw a diagram out for all of you, to picture exactly what to do if you want to photograph in a dark area. For example, a romantic and dark restaurant. Many thanks to Kejie for drawing this out on the board for the class to see.
Even when a room is dark, never use flash directly on food. If you’re in a restaurant, try your best to request for a window seat. If that isn’t possible, try this method below.
The Napkin Method
Get your friend (or waiter, haha) to hold up a napkin (preferably white) in that angle as shown above. Face your camera towards your food and use your hand to block the flash light of your camera away from the food. Instead, angle your hand so the flash light will bounce off the napkin and reflect softly onto your food. You will hence prevent a harsh flash light on your food.
Well this comes to the end of my “Food Photography Tips Series”, I hope there was a lesson or two for my beloved readers in these posts.
Here are some great sites about food photography and food photographs. I hope this would help inspire you to keep improving your food photography skills. Enjoy!
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Let me know if there are other great sites. :D