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Food photography

Food photography, what a great subject this seems to be, we are talking about food. Well not really we are talking about food photography and that is a bit different 🙂 What I am on about today is one light photography, not one studio light, speed light or continuous light, mmmm strange you are thinking what is left, A torch yes you can easily take a photograph with a torch. 

What you need is a camera where you can alter the shutter speed, so depending on the camera you may need the manual to it for this and you will also need manual focus.
To start this setup what you are going to take a photograph of, set it up so you know where everything is and then you need a torch, I have an led torch and it is great for this job and it has a narrow beam of light.
The next bit set up your camera on a stand and manually focus into the item to be photographed, now is the time to set the shutter speed, I normally set mine for 20 seconds, now turn of all other lights, the room needs to be very dark the darker the better. get the torch ready and press the shutter button and paint over the item you are photographing with light. You have 20 seconds to do this. You will find that it takes a little practice but you can get some very pleasing results.

“by Paul Williams”

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Product Photography one light

Product photography one light can it be done. Are you restricted because you do not have enough lights, well here is a one light wonder, totally white background out of the camera to save editing and cutting out, separation between the item and the background as this then shows the item off better and then into photoshop to remove dust and scratches, then boost the contrast.

The setup was a large sheet of polystyrene for the back, you could use paper or a white bed sheet, just make sure it is stretched tight. Then I aimed one light at it and turned it up high, you can determine this if you camera has a highlight alert on it. Then I placed the aerosol that was for the product photography shot onto a clear acrylic sheet, at the front I then added 2 reflectors at the front angled like a funnel (the narrow end nearest the camera, that would catch the bounced light from the back (polystyrene) and reflect it onto the front of the aerosol, the reason for this is that reflected light does not have a tendency to give harsh light on a shiny object, like this aerosol.

I always run on manual so it took 4 shots to get the lighting right with the f stops. 

For the technical people.
This was taken with an Hasselblad H2 with 120 mm macro, at f11 shutter speed, 1/125 second, iso 50. Having said that you could do the same kind of shot with any dslr and still get fantastic results.

So the next time you start wondering how on earth you are going to get that shot because you do not have enough lights, have a think on how you can get around it. The answer is normally reflectors. Remember also if you are shooting glossy subject and you are getting blown out white lights, reflect the light. It works

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