Backstage Pass | Why Once in Awhile You Want Your Camera's 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.