Since getting new photography lighting I have been doing a lot of reading and practicing food shots. The first set-up was in my dining room which did not work at all. The table is huge and I couldn’t get the lights close enough to the food. There are too many chairs with too many legs and I couldn’t get the stands placed properly. Lastly, it looked hideous.
My next move was out to the screen room. The first try at using the screen room as a studio didn’t work. Again the table was too big and there were too many chair legs to make make things work without potentially breaking my neck.
So I moved the table from the center of the room to the corner freeing up a lot more space.
I bought a small table and rigged up a frame to hold my backgrounds. I also bought a set of smaller reflectors. The ones that came with the stand are very large for use in taking portraits. Now I can get the lights close to food and move things around when needed. I was also able to clear out half of the tall cabinet in the corner to store the gear between uses. This might not be ideal in the summer heat or bitter cold but for now I like it and I am having fun playing with food!
Here’s some of the stuff I have done. This was done in the kitchen under fluorescent lights. It is a delicious pulled pork michael made in the smoker.
The following day I used the leftover pork to make a tortilla soup. I used my new light kit for this shot.
Yesterday I made a ribeye steak in the middle of the afternoon just to take pictures. Michael was happy.
The most fun were the mornings I played around with fruit.
My favorite so far is this simple shot of an apple, mango, pear and strawberries.