I realized shortly after launching my blog that I wasn’t going to be able to exclusively shoot food photos during optimal times where I could rely on natural light. I strive whenever possible to work around the best shooting times, but sometimes it’s just not convenient or even possible with my schedule, so I started doing some research to find a light I can use either in low lighting or where there is a strong glare coming from the angle of the sun that will interfere with my photos. I went to Amazon (of course!) and started reading reviews. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money, but I wanted a good quality LED light. I found that this light has great reviews and is very reasonably priced.
I have been very happy with it so far. It uses four AA batteries, which I always have on hand for TV remotes and various other home electronics and it’s lightweight and comes with two different filters and produces a great deal of light and is also adjustable. It doesn’t come with a case, but I have a backpack that I use to store all of my camera equipment and it fits in there just fine, so that has not been a problem for me.
I can attach it to a tripod, or if I can’t get the right angle that way, I can attach my camera to the tripod and use my camera remote to shoot and hold the light by hand. I also rely on my husband to be my “lighting guy” quite often and that way I can hold the camera by hand and also get the perfect lighting angle. It’s good to have an assistant, and even better to have a good looking one!
Here’s a little peak into my kitchen set up with the light attached to the tripod. If you’re into photographing food like I am, this is a great little gadget and I’m extremely pleased with the way it performs.