This is the first picture I took, without bothering with a background sweep or anything. I was super eager to see the results. Remember, this was taken in the night, at around 8:00pm. Taken with one light – SOOC.
Another macro shot, taken with one light – SOOC.
The first food shot, taken with one overhead lamp – SOOC except for watermark and straightening. I didn’t have the other two lights set up when I took this so I had to depend on editing to make it look better.
Enter three lamps – first food picture with all three lamps as shown in the light box picture above. No editing done – SOOC.
One of my favourite light box pictures to date (I haven’t taken that many yet, I always turn to natural light if I can help it). This is a very lightly edited picture taken in the light box, again, in the night.
I have taken a few more and recipes are coming up soon for this dishes. Going forward, I will clearly mark the picture setting when posting pictures because I expect a good mix of both kinds of pictures in future posts.
Other sites you can refer for building your own light box:
Digital Photography School
nice article..i myself have been contemplating on whether I need a light box or not. I too love natural light and plan my cooking accordingly. After reading your post, I think I am going to give it a pass for now and stick to my way like you said. Thanks, your article set my perspective right. 🙂
glad it helped!
Super post, Nags. And a gorgeous blog 🙂 I've never considered a lightbox – though with the temperamental sun in my part of the world, I should.
I have to take photos of foods and then use photoshop to create a transparent background. What kind of plates/bowls/glassware will be the best to use so that I get a nice clean edge on the dinnerware. When taking photos of uncooked fruit and vegetables is a white background the best? This will also have to become transparent. Thanks!
I am not an expert on that technique in photoshop so not sure what sort of bowls would work best. Maybe solid colours?
Laura @ Hip Pressure Cooking
How much are you using the light box, now? I wonder if you have any tips for supplementing daylight with artificial lights!
Thats what I was lookin for! 🙂