Shooting Food On All White Background

Started Jul 3, 2013 | Discussions thread
Sailor Blue
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Re: Shooting Food On All White Background

One big problem with lighting both the subject and the background with the same lights is that the white background always comes out light gray, not white. To get seamless white you generally need to light the background separately and overexpose it to some extent.

Try this instead. Set up a white background and stand up or suspend the food on a thin thread or monofilament line. Space the food away from the background so that you can aim your softboxes more at the background than at the subject - basically light the subject with the edge of the softboxes. This should send more light to the background so that it is overexposed. Just don't overexpose it too much or you will get light reflecting from the background onto the food and causing the edges of the food to be overexposed and blend into the background.

As Lawrence Keeney wisely said, set it up and learn how to use your setup before you have to use it for the real deal.

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