Happy Hump Day! Or as we call it around here – Bagel Day! I headed out to the gym this morning for a good run session. I did 4 miles at 5.5 mph. It went by pretty quickly. Then I picked John up and we headed out to Orange Cat for breakfast. I wanted to try their bagels. Very cozy inside:
Except the counters are marble and very cold. This placed used to be a candy making shop and the marble was for cold, which it is! Now this place doesn’t make their own bagels, but they get them from a local bakery. I had a blueberry bagel:
This was a most excellent bagel. You could tell it was made with fresh blueberries because of the different colorations inside. Yum. The prices at this place are all over the map, though. Some good and some really high. They also have cupcakes now. So much for me opening a place. And they have giant cupcakes, too. Check it out:
I think the only difference between a giant cupcake and a regular cake is the frosting to cake ratio. What do you think?
As promised, here is the super expensive light box set up! Why a light box? Natural light should always be used first, but it is not always possible. How about a flash, you ask? Well, flash food photos just don’t look as good. They are very flat looking. And fluorescent lights give a lovely jaundiced hue to everything. Also appetizing. So a light box will help you get better pictures of anything, not just food.
I scrounged up pretty much everything in the house already. The only thing I bought was the snake light and the bulb for a grand total of $15. I googled around about light boxes and got the general idea of how to do them.
- Cardboard box
- tissue paper or paper towels
- straight edge (optional)
- box cutter
- poster board or thin neutral background
- Light source
First, mark the sides of the box with a straight edge to create a square you will cut out (or free hand it). The size is up to you. Obviously the bigger the hole, the more light comes in, but also think about the integrity of the box if you don’t leave enough box to support itself.
Then cut out the squares. Please be careful.
I made a hole in the top as well. This is because if I want to take this outside in the future and plop it over something in the flower bed, this will become the bottom of the box. Or if I want to take an overhead shot of something.
Now take the posterboard (or whatever background you want) and put some tape loops on one end of it. This will make the infinity background. Tape it to the inside of the box at the back like so:
This curve keeps there from being any ‘seam’ in the back of the picture.
Of course, no activity can be done unassisted:
Now tape the tissue paper or paper towel to the opening as a filter:
Obviously plain white would be better than fruit print, but whatever is available, right? You can also experiment with different filters, which is what I need to do.
Then set up the lights on each side.
You should have 2. Silly me was thinking I would use natural light on one side of the box and the lamp on the other. I forgot that nighttime occurs and dinner photos would only be half lit. 😳 So, I need another light.
Note that I left the flaps on the front of my box so that I could block any ambient light if I choose to, like fluorescent lights in the house.
If I end up not using it much, at least somebody will.
Here are 2 shots from dinner. On the counter (no flash):
In the light box:
I need to play with how close I put the lights, because I think it is a wee over exposed on the one side. Or maybe it is the background poster board. Anyway, everything comes out that much crisper. mmmmm….. crispy….
Of course, now this is making me want a new digital camera. Anyone have a spare Canon Rebel they want to donate?