I think today we did get a little bit of the luck of the Irish. A homemade cake with a main ingredient of beer? How could this be bad? After a few requests to our friends, we found a recipe from the Simply Recipes website for something worthy of St. Patricks Day. Chocolate Guinness Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. I was a little skeptical since I am not a beer drinker, but I must say, I am enjoying the cake right now as I type this post.
Today was another exercise in natural light food photography. I do have to say, I am a fan of strobes. Always have been and always will be. The cake was done quite early today, but the sun was no where to be found when we needed it. Over the last four weeks of Food Fridays, we have been using natural light with similar challenges. As a result, today will most likely be our last Food Friday with natural light. As a gal that prefers to make her own sunshine, I enjoy turning my subject into an art form with the application of the right lighting. Plugging in the strobes and achieving the best light possible is really a matter of its quality and the angles at which it reaches its subject. Not waiting and hoping the clouds roll by.
I believe there are advantages and disadvantages to shooting with natural light. When the lights good…it is very good…but there are times that you just can’t get the light you need to achieve the shot you are envisioning. I live my days working with soft boxes, umbrellas, grids and snoots and every thought is about shaping the light. Four weeks into my Food Friday project and I have learned a valuable lesson regarding my style of photography and what I like to do. So if I get nothing more out of my Food Fridays other than a few pounds from all the eating, it was worth it to me. I’ll stick with what I love to do, and do it the best I can.