Food Photography Fill Light With 7 Household Items
If you do any type of food photography you may not always have a piece of white foam core or a collapsible reflector on hand. Here’s a tutorial about 7 basic household items, that you probably already have lying around, that you can use as a fill light in your food photography.
1. A Basket
I have a thing for white woven baskets and I keep 4 or 5 of them in different sizes around my house for storage. Maybe you don’t have a white wicker basket but do you have a white laundry basket? A ha! Of course you do!
2. A Box Of Food
Look through your cupboards and you’ll start to see how many white boxes you have. Cereal boxes, pasta boxes, pancake mix boxes – rifle through and see what you’ve got.
3. A Jug Of Milk
We buy 2 and 4 litre jugs of milk which are completely white on all sides save for the side with the label. Sturdy and able to stand on their own, jugs or cartons of milk are something almost everyone has in their fridge.
4. A Mirror
Small, swivelling cosmetic mirrors from the drugstore are used by many professional photographers on set to add a hint of fill light to a scene, or highlight a specific area of a dish. These mirrors generally have a regular side and a magnifying side and each side will give you different looking light.
5. A Piece of Paper
Let’s get real, you can use any paper as long as it’s white or light in colour. Try an inside page from your journal, or choose a cookbook with white pages. Part of the fun of food photography is getting creative and playing around to see what works for you.
6. A Roll Of Paper Towel
The best thing about a roll of paper towel is that it will stand up by itself. Another cool thing about paper towel is, the spread of your fill light depends on how much of the roll has been used. Try placing the roll close up to your subject as well as further away to see what you like the look of.
7. Crinkled Tinfoil
Aluminum foil is a great way to kick a little light into your shadows and it actually pulls double duty because one side is shiny and the other side is usually matte. I like to scrunch mine up to give it texture giving my fill light a more dappled look versus a solid wash of light.
So what do you think? Have you ever pulled a MacGyver with reflectors or any other gear when taking pictures of food? Let us know in the comments what other tricks you have up your sleeves and if you try any of these ideas, let us know by tagging us on instagram at @baked_theblog or using our hashtag #bakedtheblog!
Note – I’ve been playing around with my iPhone 7 camera and for fun I shot all of the pics in this post with my iPhone! All of the close up cookie photos were shot in Portrait mode which I am totally loving.