Photography in the Dark

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.

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