6 tricks to illuminate your food photography
If you’re out snapping delicious dishes with the FUJIFILM X-T100 and finding that the lighting isn’t quite right or you just can’t seem to get that winning shot, these tricks will have your problems solved in seconds.
1. Increase your ISO
When shooting in any low-light conditions you’ll need to use a slower shutter speed, meaning the shutter will stay open for longer, allowing more light to reach your camera’s sensor. Slow shutter speeds can be used for creative effects, but in some situations when you are holding the camera it can leave you with blurry images because our hands move ever so slightly. To avoid this you can increase the ISO, which affects how sensitive the sensor is to light, and then allows you to shoot at faster shutter speeds instead. For natural light, and when shooting outdoors, aim to set the ISO between 200 and 600, but for indoors you may need to increase this. (Changing the ISO on the X-T100 is easy! Just click the Q button and then turn the dial on the top of the camera to adjust the ISO sensitivity.)
2. Use a wide aperture
As well as increasing your ISO you can also use a wide aperture. Aperture is indicated by an F followed by a number. Smaller numbers such as F2 and F2.8 allow more light to reach your camera’s sensor and are great for creating blurred backgrounds where the object you’re focusing on really stands out in your shot.
3. Look before you shoot
When changing the camera’s settings, it’s a great advantage to have an electronic viewfinder, such as on the X-T100. If you look through the viewfinder while adjusting the ISO or aperture, you’ll see a real-time preview of what your image will look like. This means that you can make sure your scene appears evenly lit before you even press the shutter button to take a shot.
4. Adjust the white balance
When taking pictures indoors you may notice that your images have a slight yellow glow given off by the artificial lighting. To counteract this, you can adjust the white balance of the camera and choose from options such as Daylight, Shade, Fluorescent Light, Incandescent or opt for the Custom WB or Colour Temperature which will help you achieve more natural tones in your image.
5. Find a different angle
Sometimes simply moving a few objects or even changing the position from which you’re shooting can help alter the light that reaches your subject. Look where the natural light is coming from and, if you’re in a location that has windows, see if you can shoot from a lower angle that allows the light to appear in your frame.
6. Add an extra light source
If you don’t have any studio lights, look around and see if there are any additional light sources that you can use. The torch function on your phone, for example, can be useful in providing a more direct kick of light, or experiment with any candle light available.
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