As I mentioned in a previous post, if it is moving I can't photograph it! Wildlife photography will never be my forte.
Photographing food and flowers is doable for me because, for the most part, food and flowers don't move. But there is a critical element to this type of photography that does move...the sun!
I use a lot of natural light, in addition to speedlights and reflectors. I am mindful of when the sunlight will be streaming into my kitchen and take that into account when I set up for a photo shoot. If food is involved, the timing of food prep has to be taken into account so that the prepared food and the sun eventually meet and fall in love.
When the sun does finally show up, I chase it around the kitchen. Literally. Kind of like 'light hunting'. I have reflectors and scrims that I use to point the light this way or that way. When all is said and done, I am spent! Exhausted! Wiped out! No need to get a gym membership...until I start to eat what I've cooked. Oh butter, why do you have to make everything taste so delicious?
I was asked recently if I have any photos that would be suitable for a kitchen, possibly with daisies. I didn't at the time but kitchen photos were on my list of 'things to shoot' (along with a moose, but I didn't get a license this year so any shooting I do of moose this year will have to be with my camera...and they will have to stay veeeeeery still!!).
These are some of the shots I took. I like the one below. There is just a delicate kiss of sunlight in this one. After this shot, the sun decided to take a break and hide behind some clouds/fog/drizzle for the rest of the day. I guess it was spent! Newfoundland. You gotta love it! Hunting the elusive sun can be as challenging as hunting moose some days!
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