Winter….ah winter… it’s almost here… Snow and bone chilling wind. Just thinking about the sub-zero temperatures and cold brings chills. I am not looking forward to this winter.
For a food photographer working with natural light, winter brings shorter days, less natural light and dull and gloomy days. Who needs winter here? But then, who can fight with mother nature? Not me. On both counts.
So now that winter is almost here, how should you as a food photographer prepare for winter?
Well since there won’t be much of natural light in winter, its time for plan B.
Plan B for Winters
So, what’s plan B? Well if natural light was plan A, plan B is artificial light. We have talked about artificial light here before. We have talked about lighting gear, building your own lighting studio and guide to buying light gear.
If you have no experience with artificial lighting, continuous lights are a good start. These lights are easy to work with and easy to control for someone who is just starting. Overall continuous lighting is simpler to set up and cheaper when compared to strobes.
For instance, compare this continuous lighting which have two light sources with these strobe lighting. Do you see what’s included in the continuous lighting kit and how it compares to strobe lighting kit?
Strobes and flashes provide greater control in terms of quality and artistic aspect of lighting, but is often complicated if you are just starting. Gear required for an off-camera flash needs some serious research and understanding.
The next step is to learning how to use artificial light. Two key things to learn – white balance and capturing correct color when using artificial light. As we talked above, continuous lighting is simpler to use and control. Strobes/flash on the other hand can be frustrating when you are just starting.
Once you learn few basics about shooting with artificial light, its time to experiment. Get out there, well in this case, in your studio/area and start practicing. The need for practice can not be overstated here.
Shooting with artificial light does take some serious practice. First few times when you start using artificial light for food photos, white balance and color are almost certain to be messed up. And you shouldn’t be discouraged by this, almost everyone who is starting photographing in artificial light has to practice.
Do you use artificial lighting? What would you like to learn about artificial lighting? Tell us in the comments below?
Photo by jaxxon