There seems to be a new modifier coming out of China every other week; in this video, I go over the key lighting modifiers I use as a food photographer.
My studio is crammed with umbrellas, spill kills of every size and depth imaginable, beauty dishes, sunbounces, octaboxes, octabanks, scrims, and more rectangular softboxes than anyone can really justify. When I first started out as a portrait photographer, I was flummoxed by the vast array of options available to me, all laying claim to being the best portrait photography modifier. Since my foray into portraiture, I have finally found my niche in food photography. I still shoot the odd portrait when I feel the urge (or a client has the urge), but most of my work doesn't move anymore. So, with help from Pete the Pineapple and the photography skills of Richard, I set about comparing some of my more commonly used modifiers against some of those that have been gathering dust for the past five years.
The big take-home message here is that with a bit of tracing paper and light, you can create something pretty darn good. Then, with any modifier, be it something designed for still life or a beauty dish, you can make it work with a still life or food photograph.
My personal favorite is always the soft box and scrim with a combined kicker of a beauty dish with a grid to pull out the hero of the shot. What are your go-to modifiers?