The still life photographer’s guide to lighting fruit for high impact
Position a length of black velvet cloth over a box, making sure you have a good amount of length in the foreground to place the fruit on, so that once composed the subject will be surrounded by black.
Position the fruit in the middle of the cloth. We want the lighting in the room to be as dark as possible, so the only light shining on the fruit is that produced by the torch.
Use thin paper (a cupcake case is ideal) to diffuse the light; this will reduce reflection on the skin.
■ Kit lens (18-105mm) ■ Black velvet ■ Maglite ■ Thin paper ■ Tripod ■ Shutter release
A torch provides strongly focused light; diffusing it will stop highlights being too harsh
If your camera has the Mirror Lock-up feature, switch it on. It’s usually positioned on the dial under the mode dial. If not, using Live Mode when shooting will lock the mirror up, helping to avoid small vibrations that can be caused when shooting.
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