This is supposed to be a blog about food. But a food blog needs pictures or it becomes a wall-of-text about awesome things that only I saw. In the parlance of the net at large: Pics or it never happened.
I am not a very good photographer and I have only the most rudimentary knowledge of photographic technique. In short, I know a great many ways to take bad photos and only take good photos on accident.
What I do know is that lighting is key. The right light on something is the difference between sharp colors and a brown blur that could be a dog or could be sasquatch. I know this because I bought this woman’s book and trust everything she says: http://steamykitchen.com/266-lowel-ego-lights-for-food-photography.html From reading her page I’ve identified that you need:
- Good broad spectrum lights that will give me accurate colors so I do not have to rely upon my limited knowledge of digital photo correction to fix things “post-production.”
- Some means of diffusing the light of the naked bulb. Spotlighting objects makes them look odd. For my purposes I guess I could call this the “sushi in the headlights look.”
- Something attractive to put the food on. Thankfully my fiancé has two well formed X chromosomes and has already taken the liberty of stocking our home appropriately.
Unfortunately, I do not have $200 to spend on quality lighting equipment. What I do have is a car, a budget and a Lowes nearby. Here’s what I got instead of some fancy photographer lights:
-Clamp Light @ 7.85 X2= $15.70
-Sylvania 100 watt “Daylight” CFL 2 pack= $8.32
Grand Total: $26.13
It’s not pretty but it works… mostly. The naked bulbs put out some intense light so I taped paper over them to create a more diffuse light. I gleefully stole this idea from http://www.instructables.com which has a number of helpful tutorials on lighting. To answer the implicit question: Those lights are clamped to conveniently full bottles of green tea. It was not an ideal solution but one that I’ve improved upon. I will fill in the details in my next post.
GET ON WITH IT!
If this is a food blog, where the hell is the food? Rest assured that my efforts to make lunch for two on a daily basis will form the backbone of future posts. For now let me give you the teaser trailer: