Hi guys! Hope you had a fabulous weekend. I finally set up a little area in my bedroom as a photo “studio” and thought you’d love to see a little recap. I had a fun time playing around with all of this and am looking forward to learning more!
The photo above of these fantastic cookie brownies was taken outdoors during a late afternoon (camera settings: 1/80, f/6.3, 1600). All photos have been taking with my 50mm f1.4 lens. For some reason my photos have been slightly blurry lately. I’m using auto-focus so the only explanation I can think of is that my hands have been shaking (what’s up with that?!) so getting very comfortable with my tripod seems to be the next step. Insert sad face here. I hate using a tripod! *Just for clarity purposes, I did not use a tripod in these photos.
The photos above aren’t bad but most meals I want to share here on Healthy and Sane are cooked at night (when it’s dark). Also, our condo has very limited natural light even during the day and with the weather becoming cooler and cooler (and eventually snow!) I really wanted to get the hang of indoor photography with artificial lighting.
Let’s bring the cookies indoors…
Auto white balance, no “special” lighting – just the overhead lighting from our recessed lights (1/80, f/4.0, 1600).
Now let’s use “the set-up,” which includes 2 Ego Lowel lights with stands (thanks parents for buying me these!!!). These are definitely pricey but I’ve wanted to improve my photos for so long that this seemed like the next natural step in lighting helpers. You tell me if you think it’s working!
I also purchased some reflectors and clips but I’m still trying to learn how to utilize these. So here is a photo I took with all the lights on – both the Ego lights and the overhead recessed lights (1/80, f/6.3, 1600 – same settings as the outdoor picture).
In hopes of minimizing the shadow under the tray, I decided to turn off the overhead recessed lights (one of them is right above the photo table so that’s what’s casting the shadow). Here is the result:
While the shadow was in fact less visible, because the florescent lights were the only light source, the photos were a bit more blue (I did not adjust the white balance) and perhaps a bit too washed out. I’m going to play around with the height (and distance to the table) of the lights to avoid that in the future. The white balance situation is easily remedied either by setting the camera on “white florescent” setting or creating a custom white balance setting. I will play around with both in the future. For this round, I just post processed the photos in Lightroom.Oh and I also had to increase the ISO to 3200 which generally increases picture noise (would probably be more visible if I were to print these).
A little white balance fix, a little sharpening… voila!
And here is the post-processed photo with all the lights on. They are pretty similar!
Hopefully this made sense and was helpful to some of you. Like I said, this was my very first time playing around with these so I still have a lot to learn (and more gadgets to utilize!).
Do you have any tips for indoor food photography without natural lighting? Any clues as to why my pictures have been blurry on auto-focus? I’m totally heart broken over this…