I have a couple of exciting new friends in my studio. Two brand new Godox SLB60 constant LED lights for my food photography and food videos.
If you're like me, natural light is not an option. At least in my windowless studio. A bunch of you have told me your woes of long winter days, or sun obscuring trees and high-rise buildings. I feel your pain. What is a crafter of crave, like us food photographers to do?
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How to get food photography gold using constant lighting with the Godox SLB60.
In the video below, I walk you through a few shoots with constant lights for food photography. With two different lighting setups and using a couple of different modifiers for the Godox SLB60. Plus there's a little section for those who want check out these light for their tasty food videos.
3 Tips to Get the most out of your constant Light for food photography
1. Light Direction:
Whether you are using natural light or artificial lights, like this Godox SLB60, the direction of your light in food photography is super important. You'll want to make sure your highlights and shadows speak to a beautiful source of light just outside of the frame. Personally, I like to mimic either soft morning light or the vibrant light of the late afternoon.
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2. Modify Your Constant Light
As you can see in the video, try out a couple of modifiers to create different effects. A big reason I chose the Godox SLB60 over other constant lights for photography and video, was the ease of finding some great light modifiers. These lights are in the Bowen's S-mount which gives me a ton of affordable options.
A lot of the video lights only have barn-doors with no other modifiers. Even more constant lights on the market, are not powerful enough, after you slap on light killing modifiers. So be sure to find a constant light that is in that perfect range of budget, power, and ease to modify.
3. One Light At A Time Please!
With studio strobes, you can use your camera's shutter speed and the brightness of the light to overpower every other source of light in the room, even bright sunlight! However, constant lights are a bit different.
With most constant lights, like my Godox SLB60 your camera's shutter speed will be low enough to suck in light and color from the ambient light in your room. This could result in some accidental fill light or even the dreaded color cast. So be careful and turn off / block any other light source that may spill into that perfect food image.
I lay it all out in the video above, but overall I'm really happy with my new Godox SLB60 constant light. This light has a lot more pros than cons. The Bowen's S-mount, the plethora of cheaper modifiers, the brightness, and the battery power all make it the perfect system for someone looking to dive into constant light for food photography at a reasonable price.
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