How to Shoot Products in Natural Light // Dallas Pastry Chef Abby Dumont of Pinch of Salt Pastries
Tell me if this has happened to you...
You get on Instagram (just for a minute, I promise), start scrolling and end up on this gorgeous profile with perfectly lit flowers, stationary and coffee mugs set on a lovely white background, and you wonder... How do they get their images to look SO GOOD? And more importantly, can they do that for me?!
I wanna let you in on a secret: it is possible for you to create clean looking images using natural light, and it doesn't have to take forever or be expensive (yay)!
I want to show you how you can quickly and easily set up a natural light product shoot in your own home for less than $5.
So yesterday I went out to find some new thank you cards and I saw these gorgeous gold and peach ones — and of course I snatched them up!
I came home, unwrapped them and knew I wanted to share them with the world (aka my Instagram friends), but shooting them on my dark kitchen table just wasn't cutting it.
So I proceeded to set up a makeshift natural light box which took me a couple minutes to do and gave me the images I was looking for. Curious? Here's how I did it.
- Use a different backdrop depending on what you're shooting. Let's say you're shooting something that's a little more rustic or earthy — you could definitely get a piece of wood or something that looks similar to wood and shoot on that instead of the white foam board. Especially if the product is white itself and you want to help it stand out even more from the background.
- If the light by your window isn't bright enough, you can also place two more boards on either side so that the window is the only open side. This will make the product even brighter all around. You can easily tape the boards together or prop them up. Ideally, they'll be at a 90-degree angle, but try moving the boards around a bit and see how the light plays on the product before you secure them.
- If you want to shoot an object from the front instead of the top, you could set up two boards at a right angle and shoot against the white board that's standing up. (I've got more examples of how I shot delicious food this way at the end of the post)!
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