Today I used my studio for the first time and put together a food setup (pasta). I have North-facing windows on the front of the room which is perfect light for this type of photography. Everything went smoothly … I even went out this afternoon to get a compact fridge for the storage area so I can store my miscellaneous food items in-between shoots.

Here’s a photo of the setup I used for the above shot. The lighting is diffused natural window-light to the right with a silver reflector on the left. To mount the fork I attached a Manfrotto Magic Arm to a small light stand and clamped the fork on to the extended arm. I then stuck the pasta on the fork and added the sauce and garnishes after it was all in place.

Today I used my studio for the first time and put together a food setup (pasta). I have North-facing windows on the front of the room which is perfect light for this type of photography. Everything went smoothly … I even went out this afternoon to get a compact fridge for the storage area so I can store my miscellaneous food items in-between shoots.

Here’s a photo of the setup I used for the above shot. The lighting is diffused natural window-light to the right with a silver reflector on the left. To mount the fork I attached a Manfrotto Magic Arm to a small light stand and clamped the fork on to the extended arm. I then stuck the pasta on the fork and added the sauce and garnishes after it was all in place.

Nicole S. Young is a photographer, published author, and educator specializing in Lightroom, Photoshop, and photography. She is best known for her books on food photography but is widely versed in various photographic genres, including landscape, nature, stock, travel, and lifestyle.

6 Comments

  1. dav.d June 2, 2010 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    I’m hungry for Italian…

  2. Jim June 2, 2010 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    And here was me thinking that the brown floor would be too dark!

  3. Samantha Decker June 3, 2010 at 9:34 am - Reply

    Your food photography always makes me so hungry!

  4. Mike Frye June 3, 2010 at 10:20 am - Reply

    Oh… That looks very tasty. And, congrats!

  5. James Benet June 3, 2010 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    Awesome setup, congrats on finally reaching the point of usability on the new studio. Hope you get the iPad in time too… Photo looks delicious!

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