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#10 Modify Light For Better Food Photos

13 August, 2014

There are three ways to modify light. Reflectors/Bouncers, Diffusers and Blockers.

  • Step 1 – Today again, select the subject. Ideally use the same food subject, you have been using last couple of days.
  • Step 2 – Set up the food subject in a way that the source of light is on one side. Take a photograph using all the principles we talked about in last few days.
  • Step 3 – Now, start with reflector. Find a reflector – something like white foam board. Or foil. Place this directly opposite to direction of light and see how shadows change. Take a photograph.
  • Step 4 – Next move the reflector from being directly opposite to at an angle. Take a photo. Change the angle again and take another photo. You can change the angle in vertically as well as horizontally. At every change, see how the shadows change. For this exercise, the goal is to increase the amount of light in the scene.
  • Step 5 –Do step 3 and 4 with a diffuser (trash bag that is). Take photo when you change an angle.
  • Step 6 – Now compare these photos just like you did yesterday. Recall your story and the specific elements we discussed yesterday. Which one of these photos compares closely with your story?
  • Step 7 – Upload the best photo/s on the new Facebook group
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Back to my story about tea... It is early morning again. But today it's a rainy mood day. As you can see, I setup my scene, modified light and here is my result.

The first photo is just with back light. The second photo is with reflectors in the front of the scene and also on both sides of the scene. There are some ugly highlights there with lost structure of metal prop. So I decided to block some light from upper left side with black board and those highlights disappeared. And here we are, my best photo with modifying light is the last, third photo.

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Final image with some more DOF and colour adjustments.