Lighting Techniques For Capturing Food Photography – Mirrors

Professionals in real estate and home decorating consistently recommend hanging mirrors on your walls to open up the room and make it feel larger. The placement of the mirror is important to reflect the sunlight from windows to fill your room with warmth and light. This simple trick of adding a mirror is capable of illuminating your home can also take your food photography to the next level!

As product / food photographers we are always seeking new ways to manipulate light to showcase the best features of glasses, bottles, plates, food, or anything else under the sun. Mirrors can be adjusted and aimed to add highlights to edges, reflect light behind or through your subject and increase the range of a stationary light. When it comes to food photography on a tabletop, mirrors are very portable and versatile as they remove the need to bring a full studio equipment setup to a location.

BP imaging Food Photography Lighting Techniques - Mirrors

Strategically placed mirrors can redirect light into every nook and cranny for perfectly lit food photography shots. Shooting outdoors provides challenges of its own with harsh lighting creating dark shadows. Because you’re using the mirror to bounce the light, you don’t need anything fancy or heavy. You’re not placing it over a fireplace, the main purpose is to reflect the light to manipulate the lighting in the photograph. Other common lighting tools are plexiglass and acrylic mirrors that are light weight and easy to reposition, hang and transport.

The next time you have difficulty lighting a food photography shot, use mirrors to bring out the perfect lighting composition.

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