We were hungry, really hungry and so were the dogs. So to fend off two hungry dogs and to appease our growling stomachs, we took this shot really quick because sometimes we have the patience to spend too much time on a photo.
Our approach to food photography at home is simple and we don’t like to spend too much time on set up because we don’t want food blogging interfering with normal, daily life. To be able to blog consistently and still enjoy what we do is crucial. We leave all the more time consuming, detailed shots to work. At home, we just want to be able to eat the food while it’s still warm!
When we’re hungry, we want to eat! Unless the photography is work for a client (which takes much more attention to time and detail), our food shots at home are fast and not always perfect.
Basic setup in the natural light. We normally have a little fold-out table we use, but the legs broke. So we shot this on the floor.
We wanted a clean and crisp shot for our edamame soybean soup post. Lucky for an obsession for antique stores, we found a cool pair of old cabinet doors for only $15. Yes! $15!
Old cabinet doors with old texture were used and placed them next to our patio door, which had a thin drape to soften the incoming light. Two bowls, spoons and napkins underneath (for added texture) were placed on the set up.
The first few shots were rather bare, almost too minimalist. We wanted something simple and green to balance the delicate green color of the edamame soybean soup. The bamboo leaves from the garden provided the perfect background height and texture to the photo!
The natural light came in from the right and we used inexpensive foam core boards (about $3) to bounce more light on the left side. A simple placement of the white board distributed even light to the left side.
We also re-positioned the set-up so that the main light could enter the shot from different directions. A few shots were taken for fun and after about 10 minutes, we were finished! Now time to enjoy this delicious soup.
above: texture of wood and unifying colors of white and green balance the photograph.
above: sheer curtains or vellum paper softens the incoming light. Sierra peaking in on the set-up
below: They smell the edamame soybean soup. Stay back! It’s ours!
above- our green onion strips sank too quickly to the bottom, so we threw on some fresh sprigs of cilantro to garnish the dish. It works! Let’s eat.
The pictures pretty much illustrate how we achieved the photograph. If you have any questions, please ask it in the comments below! Or visit Matt Wright’s clear and thorough tutorial on shooting in natural light photography!
And by the way, the soup was fantastic! Here’s the Edamame Soybean soup recipe if you want to give it a try!
have a great day! eat your beans!
diane and todd