Want to make veggies look super-fresh? Make this nutritious lighting tutorial one of your five a day.
We all know we should consume more veggies. But if we want to photograph them first, how do we make them look good enough to eat?
In this easy-to-follow food photography class, you’ll learn how to photograph vegetables like a pro and discover how different lighting setups alter the mood and feel of an image.
You’ll watch Karl collaborate with renowned food photographer Anna Pustynnikova as they show you how to style an enticing flat-lay arrangement. As they demonstrate multiple lighting setups, explaining how the position of each light changes the effect, you’ll pick up a range of techniques to improve your food photography.
Even better, you’ll discover how to re-create this stunning image using just one light!
In this class:
- Learn flat lay food photography
- Food photography lighting setup examples
- Lighting modifiers and their effects
- One light food photography setups
- How to enhance texture, colour and shape in food photography
- Selecting backgrounds for food photography
- Food styling tips and tricks
For this food shot, Anna and I wanted to create something that would convey the feeling of a healthy lifestyle image with a rustic setting.
We incorporated a number of different vegetables as we wanted to include a variety of shapes, colours and textures. For the styling of this shot, Anna’s advice was to mix up your colours and pay close attention to the lines and flow of your image. Achieving a balanced image is key if you want to achieve a pleasing final result.
Once the styling was finalised, I experimented with the lighting. My initial lighting setup used two softboxes, placed in a low position to really bring out the texture, and I adjusted the balance of these lights until I achieved the country kitchen style lighting effect I wanted.
For the second lighting setup I added more directional light to highlight key areas of the shot using picolites with fresnel attachments.
I then switched to a Para 133 to see the difference.
Using the Para 133 I then demonstrated how it was possible to get a really good result using just one light. To do this I made use of reflected light to bounce light back into the cabbage, which gave a similar result to what I had achieved by using the Picolites. You can see another example where I do this here.
The final image:
To learn more about food photography styling, check out Interview With Food Photographer Anna Pustynnikova and Food Photography With Anna Pustynnikova.
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