I really wanted to get out part 2 of what I learned at Denise’s food photography workshop, before I forget it all. Remember, these are my takes on photography and I’m not claiming to be an expert at all!
Below are some props that every food photographer needs; 2 white foam boards, 2 black foam boards, one handmade light diffuser called a scrim. The scrim really helps a lot on bright sunny days, because it diffuses bright, harsh light. You can make a scrim by cutting out a frame in a piece of cardboard and then taping some velum paper to the back, or you can even use some wax paper and tape it to the back. You could also use a white sheet in front of your widow to diffuse the light or some regular old white copy paper, basically whatever you have on hand and whatever your budget allows. I like the scrim frame below because its easy to move around and position where you want, and you don’t have to worry about taping a sheet or paper to the window each time. All of these items can be purchased at any art supply or craft store, and will set you back about $20 or so.