Learning New Stuff

It’s always best to keep new skills coming in, so today my wife and I start to attempt food photography. We thought how hard could it be, make some food, plate it nicely, get the exposures and tweek it in Photoshop, easy. In reality it is a lot more complicated. It took my entire lighting kit to get a shot of spices.

I set two continuous lights 45 degrees left and behind and 45 degrees right and in front; both with shoot through white umbrellas. Directly behind the setup I have a speedlight flash set on optic slave trigger shooting up with a bounce card just to be a highlight fill. To trigger that I used a pc cord connected to my strobe set on 1/2 power shooting straight up into the ceiling. I used the pc instead of the wireless trigger because I needed a 100% fire of the strobe and I wanted to use a sync speed of 1/250 of a second. Here’s the setup (the strobe is left and behind the wall).


It’s good to know that after all of this we got some nice shots, but boy what a pain the butt. Guess some more homework is needed.

Here’s the results of the days pictures (fair warning not all are pretty). What are your opinions, I’d love to hear them. Leave a comment below and tell me what you think.


About Mark Birks
Professional photographer specializing in fine art photography and portraiture.

One Response to Learning New Stuff

  1. Lisa Elfers says:

    Strobe Light We got a couple of these to add to our band’s stage lights. We use them more like accent lights. They’re small and really affordable. We like them.

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