Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 | 5 comments

food photgraphy

Let’s talk about lighting in photography, again.

By now, you should have understood that light is the most important and yet the most challenging aspects in photography.

Light varies greatly in quality and temperature. Light is hard and light is soft. Depending on the source, light varies. Outdoor light is sometimes harsh, sometimes can be soft with overcast days (you know when there are tons of clouds and you can’t decide what its shape really represents, that’s soft light).

Today, I’ll show you how to take photos if you were indoor and light was coming through one window. Window light can be controlled better and can be softened up by using diffusers.  I’m using a sheer white curtain as my diffuser to soften the light.

Lighting and Direction

There are two most commonly used lights in food photography -back lighting and side lighting.


Back lighting with reflector

Back lighting is when the light source is behind the subject and photographer is facing the light source.

This is the image I took using a reflector I placed behind the subject (notice, how minimal shadow it created).


Usually, using a back light that’s bright and soft in quality tends to provide a feeling of freshness and can be early morning. It also provides feeling of elegance and pureness.  Look again the picture above and see if you will agree.

side lighting

Side lighting


Side lighting for a scene can be achieved if the main source is on right or left side of the subject. Side light enhances texture and form and volume. Depending on the mood or story you are going for, side light can be amazing addition for your story. I used a gold reflector to add warmth to my subject.  This is the photo that I achieved:


Did you see the drama in this photo?  Look how simple is my lighting technique and yet add so much story about my subject…

There are other ways to light like front lighting – or lighting coming from front of the subject (and behind the camera) and overhead lighting.

Try it yourself, I would love to see your photos using this lighting direction techniques.

I hope you learned so much from what I shared with you today.

To your “shooting” inspiration.













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