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How To Photograph Kitchen Utensils And Cutlery Creatively

See how daylight and a few utensils can help you create interesting photographs.

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The kitchen holds a world of photo opportunities and all you need is some imagination to exploit it.

When it comes to kit, a camera and a tripod are essential but in terms of lighting, natural light will work just fine, however feel free to experiment with flash and other forms of lighting too. For example, for one of the shots further down the page, a torch was used to create contrasty light.

Once you start searching, you'll find plenty of objects in the kitchen that have photographic potential. Things like pots and pans, colanders and, as here, a trivet can be pressed into service as subjects. A kitchen work surface will make a perfectly good background but so can the sink or any material you have in your house. Objects can be arranged on the worktop in various compositions, with the camera and lens aimed downwards.

The trivet above was photographed with the camera in auto white-balance and it worked fine, but for the colander, the camera was switched to incandescent white-balance to give the overall blue colour cast. Pulling away slightly and including the stainless steel sink give an interesting backdrop. Filling in the shadows was done with some silver foil just held in position.


Spoons and forks

For the shot of the wooden spoons, a torch was placed on its side, creating a very oblique, contrasty light. The camera was left in auto exposure mode using the exposure compensation control to correct exposures and focusing was done manually on this occasion. The shutter was fired using the self-timer. Exposures were in the order of 1/8sec at f/8 with the camera set to ISO 200. If you have problems with colours appearing too warm or even cold, you can tweak the images during RAW processing. If you prefer, or if you are shooting JPEG, try shooting with a custom white-balance setting. Again, silver foil was used as a reflector.   

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josa 8 25 Czech Republic
18 Nov 2018 5:27PM
SAo where is the crativity?
josa 8 25 Czech Republic
18 Nov 2018 5:28PM
correction- So, where is the creativity?
It's quite creative but unbelievably boring. What about some sex and violence between kitchen utensils...
3 Mar 2019 9:32AM
What a stupid comment
realspeed 14 55 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2020 11:14AM
I would be on a suicide mission if I started messing about with my wifes kitchen equipment

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