My favorite food pictures are ones taken outside or near a window with good light. But a lot of times, I make cookies at night. I wanted to take pictures for tutorials, but didn't like posting pictures with terrible nighttime lighting on the blog.
Then I read a post over at Steamy Kitchen about the Lowel Ego Digital Imaging Light. I bought one...and it works for me. Let me show you the difference.
This picture was taken at night WITHOUT the light:
This picture was taken at night WITH the light:
Both pictures were edited...brightness and contrast adjusted...but can you see the difference?
What didn't work for me? The price. $88! I don't know about you, but if I have an extra $88, I'm getting a cheap pedicure, a cute new pair of shoes, a Starbucks and a cupcake. (Not necessarily in that order.)
I got this for FREE! Yes, FREE! Have you heard of Swagbucks? I heard bloggers talking about it for months before I signed up. All you do is use Swagbucks as your search engine. (The easiest thing to do is to download the toolbar.) Every so often when you search, you get "bucks." These bucks can be redeemed for prizes like gift cards from Amazon, Starbucks, Sephora, etc.
THAT'S how I got my light...with "bucks" redeemed for an Amazon gift card. Rumor has it, several bloggers paid for all their Christmas gifts using Swagbucks last year!!!
Now, if someone refers you, that person gets some "bucks." Please don't feel like you have to sign up referred by me. If you'd like to, you can here. OR, just go the home page and sign up on your own.
Here's what I'm saving up for now:
I'd love to hear your photography hints or what camera YOU use!