I love the lighting in my home. I’ve written about this before, so please excuse my repetition.
I remember the very first time I picked up a camera many years ago, I just started to take pictures and the lighting was the last thing I was paying attention to. Now, it is the first thing I pay attention to. Then focus on my subject, compose and make an image. I am sure other folks photograph differently, but it is just what works for me.
I like a darker image with just enough light to make the subject stand out. These lemons were fun to experiment with. Back when I was documenting food more consistently for brands, everything was always bright and white. I think there is a time and place for these types of looks, but sometimes dark and moody is better for the subject.
(In case you are wondering, I was a full-time photographer documenting lifestyle imagery for brands. In the past year or so, I have taken time to spend more time with my son before he begins school.)
I remember, I had an assignment for a large and popular sandwich chain and they were introducing a lobster sandwich. Doesn’t sound very appetizing to me, but my job was to make that sandwich look very appetizing. Solution, good lighting and bright colors. Usually not my style of imagery, but I made it work and the client was happy with the outcome. Dark and moody probably would not have made a lobster sandwich look delicious or appetizing.
I miss documenting food and apologize now if you see some consistent food posts in the near future.