Artificial Lighting for Food Photography

Learn how to take beautiful photographs of food using artificial lighting sources.
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  • Lectures 14
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 1/2016 English

Course Description

This course is designed to help beginner photographers get comfortable using artificial lighting for their photographs. In the course, I introduce you to two different options for photography lights and show you three different ways to use them to light your shots.

The course consists of 14 videos that show you how I use these lights in my own home when natural lighting isn't available. After taking this course, you will be well on your way to taking beautiful food photographs using artificial light.

What are the requirements?

  • You should have a camera of some sort. A DSLR is preferred, but the techniques can definitely be applied to iPhone and P&S cameras.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Take beautiful photographs of food using artificial light.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is meant for food photographers and food bloggers who are looking to improve their photography in atrificial light. The course is intended for intro-level photographers, though limited experience with a DSLR camera is recommended. The course also briefly covers artificial lighting techniques for shooting with an iPhone.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Section 1: Start Here
Section 2: Types of Lights

In this video, I'll be showing you my favorite light to use for food photography when natural light isn't available.


Food photography lights can be expensive, so in this lesson I'll introduce you to a really (super!) affordable option that actually does a pretty darn good job.

Section 3: Diffusing & Reflecting Light

Diffusers can help make light softer so that shadows aren't so harsh, which can be an issue when using artificial light. I'll show you how to use diffusers in your food photography.


In this lesson, I'll be talking about how to use reflectors to bounce a little bit of light back onto the dark side of your subject.

Section 4: Using the Lights and Tools

Finding a good place to set up is really important for artificial light photography. In this lesson, you'll learn what to look for and how to find a good place.


This video showcases how I set up my shots when I am using one of the Lowel Ego lights. I'll show you where to place it, how to arrange your food, and more.


After showing you how to set up one Lowel Ego light, I'll take you through an actual photo shoot and give yousome tips and tricks on getting the prefect shot.


Using two Lowel Ego lights can definitely have advantages, so this video goes over how to set up a photo shoot using two of my favorite lights.


Another demo! This time we're taking photos using the two Lowel Ego lights that we set up in the previous lesson.


Next, I'll show you how to set up the super affordable lighting solution - the 500-Watt halogen work light.


In this video, I show you what my photo process looks like using the halogen work light (I use lots of diffusers and reflectors!).


Finally, we take a look at how to set up your artificial light for food photography wen using an iPhone camera.


In the final video, I show you how I use my iPhone with my artificial lights to take great photographs of food in artificial light.

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Instructor Biography

Lindsay Ostrom, Author & Photographer, Pinch of Yum

Hello! My name is Lindsay, and I have a food blog called Pinch of Yum. I started Pinch of Yum as a hobby 5 years ago, and I worked on it on nights and weekends when I wasn't teaching 4th grade. Eventually, Pinch of Yum grew to the point where I could take it on as my full time job. In the 5 years since I started blogging, I've learned a lot about food photography, social media, and blogging as a business, and I'm excited to share my knowledge with you.

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