Better Food Photos With Natural Light

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Photographer Jenny Woodward recently uploaded a fantastic instructional video to Vimeo on how to get better food photos with window light. The even cooler thing is that everything that she uses to create the better images are household items. She starts by placing a table by a window and blocking off excess light to make it more directional. Then it’s all about diffusing, filling in shadows, and placement of the objects. She uses simple things like tin foil, curtains, foam board, etc.

Even cooler–she creates better images with just her phone. No need for a really fancy camera at all especially when you understand lighting this well.

Her video is after the jump.

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10 Simple Lighting Hacks You Can Do With a Hot Shoe Flash

This is how we lit the shot of almonds in this blog post.

This is how we lit the shot of almonds in this blog post.

There are lots of cool things that you can do with off-camera lighting that can give you better photos or help you get your creative vision across much better when natural light isn’t available. It can also be very fun to do if you’re willing to experiment. We’ve rounded up a number of hacks that you can do with a hot shoe flash and that can be done in the convenience of your own home with stuff you most likely own or can create in the span of a weekend.

Give these a try and let your creativity run this weekend.

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Making the Most of Window Lighting for Photos

Window lighting can be absolutely beautiful for many types of photo shoots. Food photographers love it and portrait photographers highly value the way that it renders an image. However, window lighting isn’t always ideal. It can be quirky, can only work to the way you want it to at certain hours, and has lots of factors that can affect it.

Here’s how you can make the most of window lighting.

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