One of the biggest problems with shooting food in a restaurant is the rubbish lighting conditions during dinner – no lovely window light, you are stuck with yellow murky light. I have been trying out a small video light on a mini tripod – working well, but is still quite bright and not very subtle – would not use it at a posh restaurant that’s for sure! It does give you a much better result – keeping the light low down and to the side brings out the texture in the food by creating shadows. This light could work well bounced off of a white wall – will give a more subtle effect, softer shadows (don’t bounce it of a coloured wall though – a coloured wall will reflect coloured light). Verdict – better than on camera-phone flash as you can control the direction of the light, but not very discreet.
A blog by David Griffen Photography.
David Griffen loves food almost as much as he loves photography.
This blog is an excursion into shooting food with a camera phone, trying to get the tastiest results using the same techniques David practices when shooting Michelin starred chefs. This blog is by no means a definitive guide to food photography, but David hopes it will give you some new ideas and lift the level of food photography in food blogs.