Sheepa Miah
Sheepa Miah
16 November 2017

5 Photography Lighting Accessories To Help Improve Your Photos

We held our first community event in October at Central Street Cafe, which was a Food Photography Workshop focusing on lighting. This is an issue a lot of food photographers face, especially when it’s getting dark much earlier outside.

The workshop was led by Gavin Wren, Freelance Photographer and a member of our very own Tabl community. Gavin’s photography is incredible and he shared some really good tips and tricks with the group.

It was also a great opportunity for some of our Tabl producers to meet a few bloggers and influencers who contribute recipes on Tabl. Swati from Cheeky Food Co and Gabriella from Nut Blend were also kind enough to bring along a few of their products so that the group could use them for their food photography on the night (and to eat it all afterwards, of course).

Gavin talked through 4 simple artificial light setups and did some demonstrations to show us exactly how he would use each method.

We’ve listed 5 of these lighting accessories, so that you can create your own set up at home and produce beautiful photography, regardless of how dark it is outside.

Daylight bulb

These can be used in any lamp which take a normal bulb (check what fitting your lamp uses). Get between 100W - 250W (the higher the number, the brighter it will be) and 5500K temperature.

Diffuser

This is a reflective surface that can help redirect light towards the subject being photographed. It can be used to diffuse or bounce natural and artificial light. There are lots of different sizes to choose from and some are quite reasonably priced (around £10). Gavin suggested getting one like the Phot-R 5-in-1 collapsible reflector.

Back board

Another type of reflector or bounce card, it can help control shadows or highlight certain areas. Gavin explained that you can basically use a strong piece of card or a board in black or white for this.

Light Stick

This item was particularly fascinating and could possibly be a great alternative to using a light box or lamp. You can control the brightness as well as the colour tone of the light. Gavin uses the YONGNUO YN360 Handheld LED Video Light and it can be bought for roughly around £70.

Pro Lighting

Being a photographer, Gavin showed us a more advanced set up for those looking to invest in professional lighting. He uses the Profoto B1 500 AirTTL flash, which is 10 times more powerful than the average speed light.

The group played around with the different lighting set ups and tried their hand at some food styling with a range of cheese and chutneys as well as nut butters and bread. Gavin also helped answer any niggling questions and everyone came away from the workshop with some practical knowledge to improve their food photography.

We’ll be looking at putting on more events like this in the future where the Tabl community can learn from each other. Is there any particular topic you’d like us to cover? Get in touch with me at sheepa@tabl.com and we’ll see what we can do!

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