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Natural Light Wednesday: Food Photography with Zach Gideon

By Anthony Thurston on April 24th 2013

Hello Everyone! Welcome to another edition of Natural Light Wednesday, the new series where I feature news, gear, techniques, and photographers who specialize primarily in natural light photography. We are big fans of Natural Light Photography here at SLR Lounge and we wanted to do our part to help feature and bring more light (haha pun intended) to those of you who specialize in natural light work.

Featured Tips

This week’s tips also come from our featured photographer, who specializes in food and beverage photography. If you are interested in trying your hand at natural light food photography here are 3 great tips for getting the best images possible.


1. Natural light is all around, taking time to notice it is huge. I shoot mainly indoor food photography and my only options of light are 2 windows. Take time to hone in on the sweet spot of light in the room where light hits your subject in a way to slightly overexpose more than everything else. It dramatically draws attention to your subject. In my case the natural window light overpowers the incandescent that is also going on.

2. Sometimes in food photography, you will be faced with shooting things that need to display the architecture of the plate setup. Shooting from straight above will work, but if you take a little plate, or some coasters you can tilt a plate slightly enough to give it a unique perspective that makes it stand out. Be careful to hide the angle of the plate so you don’t end up missing the mark of your objective.

3. In food photography, color is key. So be sure to set your white balance correctly to insure correct calibration. Try using complementary colors of 3 colors if you can. Truly will make your images stand out!

Featured Photographer: Zach Gideon

Zach Gideon is a commercial photographer for the food and beverage industry in Eugene, Oregon. He is currently the resident photographer for Hop Valley Brewery, he does not have a website but sent in these photos to be featured.


Are you interested in having your natural light photography featured on a future edition of Natural Light Wednesday? Send me an email at athurston(at) with a link to your work or a sample of 5-10 images that you think fit the bill. Who knows, maybe you could be featured in an upcoming article! Ill also accept emails with tips, tricks, techniques or gear that you use in your natural light photography. 

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. Synthetic Tone

    Peanut gallery member chiming in here. All the images above look great but the last one bothers me. Looks to need a little highlight or white balance color adjustment to get rid of the green tint.

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