You style your photo carefully, you take your time to set the camera and you pay close attention to where the light is coming from – and then you trigger the camera. Everything should be perfect, right? However, once you download the photo to your computer you realize something is missing. What is missing if your straight out of camera (SOOC) photo is nice, exposure is right, white balance is correct, and composition is lovely? You know something is missing but you cannot tell what? I had that problem too until I figured out what was missing! The mood! I realized that my photos usually missed the right mood – that real life photo mood – maybe even summery and country mood that I loved so much in other people’s photos.
So, how do you get that warm-everyday-feel?
The answer (and solution) is simple – take your plate outside! Let the 100% natural and non-restricted light create mood and feel. Once you take your plate outdoors, shadows and natural light will do their thing and create a wonderfully sunny and warm feeling (that) you are after. Although shooting in the direct sunlight can be difficult, you can still make it work for you. Use an inexpensive reflector to fill in shadows or to filter the light. White side of the reflector will bounce the light where you need it the most or it will help you filter/ diffuse some of the harsh mid-day light. To diffuse the light, you will use the central ring that comes with the reflector. If you do not have a reflector, do yourself a favor and get one. 5-in-1 reflectors are really inexpensive and they will improve your photos immediately.
5-in-1 Collapsible Multi-Disc Light Reflector ($17.07)
Get one and turn your ordinary food photos into extraordinary by taking your set outdoors and allowing natural light to play with shadows and to create an inviting sunny look.
What tricks you use when shooting outdoors?
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1. Make your photograph about food or beverages.
2. Tell us about that photograph: share a photo tip, recipe, or a story behind it.
3. Submit the URL to your food photo post or a specific Flickr image, NOT your home page or album URL.
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