Join Bill Robbins for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a specular lighting setup, part of Learning Food and Drink Photography.
We're shooting in the studio again to look at two different main categories of…light qualities, specular and diffuse.…The simplest way to think about these two distinct qualities of light is to…think how we experience them in nature.…Specular would be direct sunlight. Diffuse would be a cloudy day with no direct sunlight.…Of course, there are many variations of both of these in nature and that…transforms to what we can do in our lightning.…In this movie, we're going to look at the qualities of the specular light and how…we might want to use them with food photography.…
You might remember that we discovered that having the light source 90 to…130 degrees from the camera is going to give us the most control in drawing the…shape for our food images.…I've put my light at about 120 degrees to the camera.…I've kept it fairly low to get longer shadows, much like the late sunlight.…This position of light gives us something called edge or rim light.…I'm going to modify the light with a CTO gel or sun gel.…
- Understanding what makes a food photo appetizing
- Comparing emotional and graphic compositional styles
- Choosing the right camera
- Evaluating lens options
- Choosing light reflectors
- Finding creative backgrounds
- Creating specular and diffuse lighting setups
- Creating different looks for each dish
- Creating a chill effect for drinks
- Shooting on location at a restaurant
- Editing photos
Skill Level Intermediate
1. The Two Flavors of Food Photography
2. Essential Gear
3. Lighting Techniques
4. Setting Up the Shot
5. Styling and Shooting Food
6. Staging and Shooting Drinks
7. Shooting at a Restaurant
8. Creative Shooting Techniques
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