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How to light a dark environment like a restaurant?

 
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Feb 22, 2013 07:29 |  #1

Recently I started taking up on mobile photography with my iPhone 5. In dark places, I have one of those mobile stands to stabilize the phone. In places like restaurants, sometimes I would like to snap some photos of food, but it can be too dark to get something decent looking. Does anyone here have any suggestions on how to light the subject in such an environment? I wouldn't mind bringing something to help out if it's nice and portable.

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Feb 22, 2013 07:37 |  #2

iphone you say? I suggest you look into a purchasing a hand-held-battery-powered-light-emiting-device.

Otherwise know as a "flashlight".


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Feb 22, 2013 08:04 |  #3

jcolman wrote in post #15639391 (external link)
iphone you say? I suggest you look into a purchasing a hand-held-battery-powered-light-emiting-device.

Otherwise know as a "flashlight".

Haha, yea, is there something wrong with an iPhone?

You're right and that's what I read. So how am I suppose to use the flashlight? Just aim it about 2 feet or so from the food? Does it matter which angle I shine the light at the food?

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Feb 22, 2013 08:05 |  #4

On occasion I have been known to take my everyday carry flashlight and shoot it through a napkin for diffusion in a restaurant or bar. If you are looking for something a bit more controllable you can get one of those dimmable LED video lights on amazon that should do the trick pretty well.


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Feb 22, 2013 08:12 |  #5

but if you want to know how to really light a dark environment, here are some shots from a recent shoot I did.

I was hired to shoot a few interior shots of a new nightclub. Just about everything in the place is black.

Here is my first test shot to determine ambient light

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Feb 22, 2013 08:14 |  #6

aroundlsu wrote in post #15639487 (external link)
On occasion I have been known to take my everyday carry flashlight and shoot it through a napkin for diffusion in a restaurant or bar. If you are looking for something a bit more controllable you can get one of those dimmable LED video lights on amazon that should do the trick pretty well.

How far do you aim the flashlight from the food? Which angle?

Suggestions for a dimmable LED video light? I might just go with the flash light because it may be more portable and practical. Any suggestions on a decent flashlight?




  
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jcolman wrote in post #15639504 (external link)
but if you want to know how to really light a dark environment, here are some shots from a recent shoot I did.

I was hired to shoot a few interior shots of a new nightclub. Just about everything in the place is black.

Here is my first test shot to determine ambient light

Here's what I came up with. I used three lights in this image.


The second image was created by "painting" with light and combining three photos into one.

Haha, this is just for a blog! Yea, a lot of the restaurants that I go to are that dark, but I don't want to have a setup as elaborate as yours!




  
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