So for a long time I was a no flash girl because I didn't have a good flash and bad flashes (the ones that come on your camera) make bad pictures. Once I got a good flash, I still only used it later at night when I absolutely needed it. I'm still that girl. I still prefer to bump ISO instead of using a ton of flash. HOWEVER, I am no longer a "no flash" girl, just a "not very much flash" girl. Sometimes though...a flash can be awesome and today I'm giving you a backstage pass to check out why. Over the next week or so, I will be sharing posts that were photographed all in under an hour one afternoon. Of course, I didn't want all the photos to look the same, so I had to change things up without taking up a lot of time (those babies were going to wake up before I knew it!). So how do you change things up dramatically when you are shooting everything on the same table? Flash!!!
This photo below looks like a whitebox photo for 2 reasons.
#1 It is taken on a white table and from slightly above so you can't see any background. Just white.
#2 I used fill flash. What, HUH?! Fill flash fills in the light so that all areas of the subject are getting a little light love. In this case, the items are backlit from the window (on the tomato side) and I used a flash pointed up towards the ceiling to bring some fill flash to the avocados in the front.
|Natural Backlighting and Front Fill Light | No Editing|
While I like the look of the first photo, I find it a bit sterile and I want my other photographs for this set to show a bit more life. I want to see the way true natural light and shadows fall on objects so that people looking at my photos get a sense of an environment surrounding the food. I want them to picture what it might be like to eat at my house. I want to create an artistic product. So in the next photo, that same light is coming from behind, but notice how I haven't balanced out the light. There is shadow on the top of the soup bowl. There are shadows on the fronts of the avocados. There are shadows in the folds of the towel...all things that give the sense that the light is low in the sky (as it was), the day is coming to a close and there is a warm, spicy bowl of soup waiting on the table to eat. Totally different story from picture #1, yes?
|Natural Lighting | High Editing for Layered Art Look|
|Natural Light From the Left, Low Aperture|
Many of you have asked about the desk, so if you would like to buy one, it comes in 2 pieces at IKEA and you can mix and match the tops and bottoms. I adore this desk and almost bought a second one for the basement because I love it so much. I purchased mine off craigslist for $60, but you can get your very own at IKEA.
Since many of you have asked for further gear recommondations, here goes...
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I started out on a D40 (camera 3), currently shoot with a D7000 (camera 2) and recommend the D3000 (camera 1).
Whatever you do, save your money you had set aside for that Nikon Coolpix or Canon Powershot and buy a used DSLR. Trust me.
...oh and PS -- these tips work JUST as well for a manual camera as they do for digital cameras...
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