Cheap and easy


(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/60th sec. @ f/11 w/ Dyna-Lite strobe. ISO: 100)

I had a studio shoot of several dishes made from the “Biggest Loser” cookbook recipes. The first set up was of an asparagus and ham omelet. It was simple food, so I used simple lighting. A single main strobe was set behind for some backlighting. The light skimmed off the plate and food for a nice sheen. I needed just a little fill light to lighten up some of the shadows.


(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens Nikkor 17-55mm @ 28mm. Exposure: 1/60th sec. @ f/14 w/ Dyna-Lite strobe. ISO: 100)

Instead of some elaborate and pricey reflectors (which we don’t have anyway), I simply used two white 3-ring binders. They can be opened to illuminate a larger area or closed to fill in smaller products. Simple sheets of paper can also work, but they’re flimsier and harder to place. The binders are just the right size and can stand up on their own.

Small product/table top photography doesn’t require a lot of fancy equipment. Oh sure, like anything else, it’s possible to spend a lot, but sometimes it’s just as easy to get by on the cheap.

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