Food Photography Using Natural Light

Food photography could possibly be considered one of my favorite topics to give pointers on because at the end of the day, who doesn’t love food? When it comes to food photography it can be so simple yet the results are so amazing and leave you craving whatever you just shot. In this article, I will be giving you some tips on how you can create amazing food shots without the whole Speedlite and softbox set up. There are times when setting up lights to shoot a particular subject can be so hassling and not to mention time-consuming. When shooting with natural light you need maybe just a few cheap materials and when doing indoor shoots, a window. So let’s dive into what we need to get amazing food shots.

1. Shoot by a Window

I always recommend this as the first tip because if you’re shooting indoors then this would obviously be where your natural light source is coming from. You don’t need to be exactly by the window but at least a few meters close enough so you can get a substantial amount of natural light on your subject. However, you can make your own estimation as to how far away from the window you would like to be, depending on the amount of light passing through it. I always suggest doing food photography either early in the morning or near the golden hour in the afternoon. My reason behind this is, you get that soft even light when shooting outside or even using natural light through your window. This helps to eliminate shadows while also leaving a subtle evenly lit photo. In addition to that, it also helps a lot to reduce the amount of tuning you do in post-production as well. As the day progresses and you approach midday then you will notice your natural light is at its highest point and might be a bit too harsh in your photo. However, no worries, I’ll be sure to mention a quick fix for this problem.


The great thing about doing food photography with natural light is, it’s something you can do within the comfort of your home without too much equipment or having a huge setup. In addition to that, the best part is being able to finally eat what you just photographed which should give you enough energy and encouragement throughout the post-production period. It was a pleasure giving you these quick tips on shooting food with natural light and I hope to see you again soon.

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    1. Glad you were able to find the information helpful. Hopefully you get the shot you are looking for.

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