New gig: FOOD photography. Need help on lighting, examples included! Thanks!!!

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New gig: FOOD photography. Need help on lighting, examples included! Thanks!!!
Feb 14, 2013

Hey everyone, a lot has changed since I have been on DP Review! I am leaving my 9-6 job in May for more travel, part time jobs, and to free up time to develop a business with a partner. This means I will be thinking "find money where there is no money". A co-worker of mine owns a thai restaurant with no website. So I made a simple website and took a few shots of the food. They came out better than I expected, but she has since started to pay me for menu pictures, etc. And before I charge customer #2, I want to get my shots looking more worthy of the $$$.

Any help would be great in suggesting what I can buy to simulate daylight. On a sunny day, by the window, I can get a few good shots, but the clouds and sun I cannot control. If it is equipment I need, it has be small enough to lug into a restaurant and use at a table.

I don't think I am looking for a background sheet or anything, just a light or two, or a screen? to get nice light, without the shadows.... please see below....

I would like to keep the price down, maybe one light with a 5k bulb and a diffuser?

Current equipment: Nikon D90 with 17-55 2.8 lens. No flash.

​Thanks again for your help! Matt

More pics are here: http://gomatt.smugmug.com/Other/Pimaan/27491964_gvjRgP#!i=2356641823&k=CTr43hz

This is my best one (lighting wise):

This is what I am going for, this was just using the window and window blinds.......

These are OK, but you can see where the shadows come in.....

Nikon D90
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