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The Basics of Food Photography Using Natural Light & Household Objects

By Hanssie on July 19th 2015

food-photographyEveryone is a food photographer these days, well, on Instagram anyhow. Nothing is worse than being on a diet and seeing everyone’s delicious dinner photographs while you munch on your salad. Whether you’re one of the ones who loves to post pictures of food or the one on the diet that lives vicariously through your friends’ food pictures or a person looking to get into the food photography niche, knowing a few basics to photographing food can really help your photo stand out and look mouthwatering.


In this 2 minute video, photographer Jenny Woodward packs in some really great tips on using natural light in your food photography. She places a small table by the window and then uses everyday household items to manipulate the light. Using napkins, foil, a baking pan, mirrors and white foam board, she shows us how to bounce the light back onto the food to fill in some of the darker areas after she diffuses the window light. The setups, which are all properly lit and look great, are photographed using her iPhone. Jenny makes food photography look super simple.

Food Photography Basics | Lesson 1 | Light

If you’re interested in the basics of photography, be it food, kids, landscape, fashion and more, do check out our Photography 101 Workshop DVD which shows you how to master manual mode and take great images with basic gear.

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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