Food Photography Lighting Tips With 30 Halloween Party Treats

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An effective food photograph will be able to express feelings of comfort, awaken loving memories, create fantasies, or simply to make you hungry. It is able to move people running to a totally new restaurant or raise the revenue of a food publication. Shooting that best image demands an artistic eye, finesse, a sense of design, and photographic technique. The main difference between a good image and a great one can often be the way the photograph has been illuminated. Photographers need to understand how to adjust and change light. Like wedding and portrait photography, food photography comes with its own lighting needs and problems, and the different methods for handling them.

Lighting Tips with Food Photography:

  1. Work with a medium focal-length camera lens to allow additional space to set lights between the camera and your subject.
  2. A basic reflector works extremely well, inside or out, to help lighten up shadows.
  3. Try out the positioning and power of lights to produce totally different effects.
  4. When using flash outside, makes use of the shutter speed to modify the level of ambient light.

If you happen to be working with only ambient light for illumination, the shutter speed is going to be much slower when shooting indoors. It will normally be challenging to prevent camera shake when shooting handheld. Having a tripod will help. You can raise the ISO sensitivity, but this can affect the total amount of image noise, which subsequently may lessen any fine details in the photograph. Because of that, you need a few extra illumination in addition to the ambient room light. With getting rid of shadows from your images, you ought to stick to the same guidelines as when lighting a portrait image with the use of a reflector. Another method to soften shadows, or even remove them totally, is to use fill-in flash. Do take note that it should complement and not overpower the ambient light.

Rick Gayle On Food Photography

On this video, Rick Gayle will show us his photo shoot set up that he just did for one of his clients. You can view more of Rick Gayle’s delicious portfolio here.

Gears featured on this video can be bought at Adorama

  • Canon 1DS Mark 3 with a 24-105 f/4 L Canon lens on 9′ regal monopod.
  • 2 dynalite 1000 watt power packs
  • 1 head with a 20 degree grid and a piece of tuff frost.
  • 1 head with a 10 degree grid and a piece of tuff frost.
  • 1 med chimera on a c-stand pushing through a diffusion panel of tuff frost.

Final Image from the Video


Halloween party is among the best occasions to put your scary and creative side to work. Have you ever began planning on what you’re going to serve for your Halloween Party? Get inspired by these enchanting treats and mouth watering ideas to get you in the mood. Cast your spell and make the holiday extraordinary with your spooky yet tasty food photography.

1. Terrifying Tarantulas

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2. Tombstone Cookies

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3. Mummy Meatloaf

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4. Screaming Bread

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5. Halloween Cupcake

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6. Spiderweb Cheesecake

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7. Finger Bites

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8. Veggie Skeleton

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9. Delicious Graveyard

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10. White Chocolate Cardamom Truffles

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11. Stuffed Pepper Heads

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12. Taco Graveyard Dip

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13. Meat Head

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14. Licorice-Eared Mice

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15. Medusa Cake

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16. Pumpkin Rice Krispies

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17. Scary Treats

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18. Spooky Candy Corn

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19. Bat Surprises

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20. Halloween Puff Pastry Intestines

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21. Hot Dog Mummies

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22. Pumpkin Head

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23. Shrunken Apple Heads

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24. Meringue Ghosts

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25. Watermelon Brain

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26. Monster Cupcake

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27. Pretzel Broomsticks

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28. Mini-Pumpkin Cakes

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29. Jello Worms

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30. Halloween Caramel Apple

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Further Readings And Inspiration

1. Delicious Food Photography Tips For Your Special Event
2. Top 10: Photography Light Modifiers For Creative Portraits
3. Top 5 Factors That Determine Your Photographic Style
4. Top 5: Sweet Dessert Table Ideas For Your Party
5. Lead Image via Food Network Stars’ Pumpkin-Carving Contest