I love taking food photos and I'm working hard to improve my photography skills. I know I'm not a great food photographer like some bloggers, but my pictures started to improve when another blogger that I completely respect and admire had the courage to tell me I needed a new camera. I took her advice and made the investment in a Cannon Rebel XT 8MP Digital SLR Camera and a Canon EF 50MM f/2.5 macro lens. (Edit 11-2007: I now use the Canon 100mm macro lens for most of my food photos.) I'll always be grateful to her for the feedback, which got me started towards taking better quality photos.
With the new camera I can take pictures with natural light a lot of the time, which is one of the first things you learn about photographing food: natural light is always best. But sometimes, even with a good camera, you don't have enough natural light for a good photo. I'm writing this post to tell you how much I love Photo Studio in a Box for taking close-up shots of food.
(Edit 6-2007, My Photo Studio in a Box was from Untangled Life, my brother's online wireless store. Untangled Life has now closed as Rand and Bradley are off on a different internet adventure, but you can get Photo Studio in a Box at Amazon.com.)
(Edit 7-2008, Although I had pretty good results with the Tungsten lights that came with the Photo Studio in a Box, when I read about the Lowell Ego Lights on Steamy Kitchen, of course I wanted them! But I didn't want to pay $100 each for two lights, and I already had this light box to filter the light. I ended up buying two of the Lowell Ego Replacement Bulbs (super cheap!) and using them in an inexpensive desk lamp fixture with a bendable neck and a reflector around the bulb. The light quality with the Lowell flourescent bulbs is really great.)
My brother, Rand, sent me one of these, and I've been using it since late July. Here's what comes with the kit:
- Adjustable camera stand
- Soft light box and backgrounds
- 2 High output table top lights (2800K tungsten lamps 8" height with 8' power cord)
- Nylon diffuser screen
- Custom carrier included
- Soft light box dimensions: 16" x 16" x 16"
- Dual sided blue/gray non-reflective background provides contrast for dark or light objects (creates an infinite depth of field)
I've invested in a few different colors of fabric to use as backgrounds, which I just drape over the back. Rand also gave me another light that I use as a light source from the top.
Here are a few food photos I've taken with Photo Studio in a Box just to show you what I'm talking about:
I think Photo Studio in a Box is a great investment for any food blogger who wants to take great food close-ups when you can't use natural light. Quite honestly, with this kit I could have taken much better photos with my old camera.
P.S. If you've been reading Kalyn's Kitchen for a while, you know that Rand and his partner Bradley have provided me with tons of design and technical assistance on my blog. Thanks always for that guys, and thanks again Rand, for sending me this for an early Christmas present! You're a great brother!