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Outdoor Food Photography Lighting Tips - Photographer Taylor Mathis shows us how to capture good food shots outside.
When traveling, your schedule will be dictated by more than just the ideal time of day to shoot. If it is sunny with no clouds, you will still want to be outside and enjoy your trip. Remember that the key to shooting outdoors is understanding how the weather outside will impact your images. If there is an overcast sky, you are fine. All you have to worry about is the chance of rain and your composition, and the story you are trying to tell.
Looking For The Right Light
If the weather is bright and sunny, packing a collapsible diffuser will provide diffused even light wherever you need it! If you forget your diffuser, don’t worry. You can still take beautiful pictures. All you have to do is read your environment and look for the best lighting situations.
Take a look at the image above. This is a scene you would see at a typical farmers market set up in a parking lot. Looking at the distinct shadow lines of shoppers’ shadows tells you that the lighting conditions at this market aren’t ideal. Fortunately, there is a built in solution. The white 10x10 pop up tents make the perfect diffusion source! This translucent white fabric is similar to what you will find on a collapsible diffuser!
Here are examples of produce shot under these white tents:
Be careful about shooting under coloured tents. They can leave a coloured tint on your subject. Can you see that there is a slight red colour cast on the peach pastries?
If it is a sunny, cloudless day and there are no tents around, you can shoot in the shade! The image here shows a food truck. Notice the large shadows that the truck creates. In a pinch, you can shoot your food in the even light of this shadow. Remember that shadows can affect the colour temperature, so you may need to change your white balance setting or warm up the final image.
Use The Shadows
Can't Find The Light? Make It!
- Image 1 - Does your image look like this?
- Image 2 - Use your diffuser and a collapsible reflector for fill.
- Image 3 - Look at the difference!
Situations like this are reasons why I always keep a collapsible diffuser in my camera bag.
To read more, visit the Photographing Food website where the ezine can be purchased.