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Everyone loves the look of window lighting. But in order to get that very soft, diffused look that we all see in some of our favorite food photos, we either need to wait for the right light or we need to crank the ISO levels up to the really high levels. That can provide a fundamental logistical problem because it requires the right scheduling. This is only true though if you don’t have a single speedlight.
Let’s take a look at the situation above: NYC is currently extremely gloomy. In order to get a photo that looks like there is glorious sunlight outside being diffused by the blinds, I’d need to crank up the ISO levels if I were just using natural/available light. By turning the flash on and aiming it at the window shade, I’m adding more light to an already large and diffused light source. By adding more light to the area, I’m giving the area enough light to make it look like there is beautiful sunlight outside.
And the result is below.
We encourage you to try this out for yourself and show us your results.
In order to get this shot, we used the Canon 5D Mk II, Sigma 35mm f1.4, Phottix Odin and Mitros+ flash. It’s crazy what a single flash can do in the right spot. The flash was given an extra boost of 1 stop in the EV compensation.
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