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How To – Pina Colada Food Photography

I have been playing alot with “styling” photos and food. Food photography is so intriguing to me, and lighting is always a battle. I wanted to create a “mood” so, I only lit the scene from right. I bought a Lowel Ego light a few months back, and the lighting has made a huge difference in my photos.

I painted the wood planks myself, to create an interesting back drop. I painted them a few coats of blue-grey, and then went over them with a dry brush with some white paint on it ever so lightly, just to create the contrast in the grain. I love it so much, I’m going to do this in several colors and post a how-to.

Yellow and grey is one of my favorite color combos. I purchased the twine and straws from one of my favorite shops on etsy: In the Clear. The mason jar I had on hand and decided it would be “cooler” than a traditional cup. So, what do you think?

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This article has 4 comments so far!

  1. Kevin Liu says —

    I always love your pictures. It’s amazing that you painted wood just to get the colors right. What light source do you use?

  2. MiraUncut says —

    Thanks Kevin 🙂 I’ve been working on my food photography the last few months. It’s a Lowel Ego. Perfect for table top lighting. It improves indoor shots so well! I want to get another one so I can light from both sides when I need to.

  3. Kevin Liu says —

    Should have known! I use a diy'd ego light. I was going to build another ego light, but decided to DIY a spiderlite because it can be mounted on a tripod and uses 5 bulbs as opposed to two.

    I'm still just using some construction paper as a backdrop for now, though. I really prefer the way you set up the shots. Keep up the good work!

  4. MiraUncut says —

    I had no idea the ego was so simple in construction until I got it. I never thought about making it on my own! Is it complex to do? A spiderlite does sound better and more controllable. Thanks again. 🙂

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