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How to find the Perfect Lighting by Karené

Updated: Jan 28, 2021

We asked the very talented Food Photographer Karené from Simply Pause to write a short blog post for us on her tips of the trade.

When Soulfood Kitchen asked me whether I could share a quick food product photography tip with you, I immediately thought about finding the right light. Many people make the mistake of thinking that all light is the same, but actually your normal artificial light (tungsten) is yellow and will make your shot look… well … look deep fried! It really is worth waiting for weekends to do a big batch of natural light photography, rather than taking unappetizing photos in the evening.

Your best bet is to get up close and personal to a large window, for natural light that is clear

and flattering for food and products. On an overcast day the light will gently surround your

subject and make soft shadows.

However, if you’re lucky enough to have sun pouring directly through the window, you

might find it a bit too strong, with harsh dark shadows. What you can do then is use a

reflector – just a simple white card or piece of polystyrene - to pump more light into those

harsh shadows, like I did with the coffee & biscuit shot below. Simple but so effective!

For more tips, I’ll be running a photography workshop at Soul Food Kitchen on 25 Aug. There are only 4 tickets left. (No fancy camera needed just a simple smart phone)

Hope to see you there!

Karene Simply Pause

Follow me on instagram: @karenepics

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