5 soorten dark moody fotografie

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Dark, moody fotografie, je ziet het steeds vaker op Pinterest en Instagram.
Het brengt een hele andere sfeer mee dan wit, lichte fotografie styling. In deze blogpost leg ik uit hoe je dit kan bewerkstelligen op 5 verschillende manieren.

1. Gebruik zwart karton om het licht te beïnvloeden.
Ik heb om oude hout blokjes zwart papier getaped. Ook gebruikte ik mijn zwarte piepschuim en een grote doos die i mijn studio stond. Zie je hoe je het licht hoeder kunt beïnvloeden? Het zijn eigenlijk kleine invloeden geen grote studio equipments.
Let ook op of je de deur helemaal open zet of op een klein kiertje.
p.s. wat vind je van mijn galette? So easy om te maken en zo geweldig lekker!

Dark, moody photography, you see it more and more often on Pinterest and Instagram. It brings a whole different atmosphere than white, light photography styling. In this blog post I explain how you can achieve this on 5 different ways.

1. Use black cardboard to the light.
I have to old wood blocks taped with black paper in different sizes.. Also I used my black styrofoam and a large box that I have in my studio. You see how you can influence the light? The are actually small influences, no major studio equipments. Also, please note whether you put the door all the way open or a little bit open.
p.s. What do you think of my galette? So easy to make and so awesome delicious!

tips dark moody fotografie

galette van appel recept

2. Dark moody fotografie door zwarte achtergrond 

Deze foto is genomen tijdens een van mijn Product Fotografie workshops, gestyled door een deelnemer.
Ze gebruikte mijn zwarte canvas backdrop en dit creëert al een hele ander setting dan een lichte backdrop.
Speel met je knoppen van je camera en creëer die moody look. Mijn instellingen hier waren:
Fuijfilm 18-55 mm
ISO 100
F 5
Het daglicht kwam van rechts.

2. Dark moody photography by black background

This picture was taken during one of my Product photography workshops, styled by a participant. She used my black canvas back drop and this creates quite a different setting than a lighter back drop. Play with your buttons of your camera and create that moody look. My settings here were:
Fuijfilm 18-55 mm
ISO 100
F 5
1/125 The daylight came from the right.

dark moody bloemen

dark fotografie

3. Gebruik tegenlicht

Zie je hier hoe ander licht dit is dan zijlicht? Het roept gelijk bepaalde gevoelens en associaties op: binnen, knus, warm, rustiek. Dit draagt bij aan de storytelling.

3. Use back light

You can see here how different light this is than sidelight? It calls equal certain feelings and associations: inside, cozy, warm, rustic. This adds to the storytelling.

Bij onderstaande foto heb ik de foto nog iets donkerder gemaakt in Lightroom. Niet alles maar bepaalde delen.

In the picture below I have made  the picture still slightly darker in Lightroom. Not all but certain parts.

het gebruik van het licht foto

4. Editing in Lightroom

In Lightroom kun je zoveel meer met de foto. Let er trouwens op dat je in RAW schiet. Dan kun je er veel meer uithalen in Lightroom.
Wat heb ik bij deze foto gedaan?
– Ik heb de hero=taart meer belicht. Licht trekt de aandacht. Toevallig heb ik ook een aardig witte cake standaard dus je ogen trekken er automatisch naar toe.
– Ik heb onderaan de foto een gedeelte onderaan donker gemaakt. Doordat je bepaalde aspecten donkerder maakt trekken deze minder de aandacht. Ik doe dit met de tool “Gegradueerd filter” en pas het aan met de belichting knop (Het is dat rechthoekje met puntjes eromheen  bovenin je tools).

4. Editing in Lightroom

In Lightroom you can do so much more with the photo. By the way make sure you shoot in RAW. Then you can take out much more in Lightroom.

What have I done in this picture?

-I have the hero (= cake) more exposed. Light attracts the attention. Coincidentally, I also has a white cake standard so it draw your eyes automatically.
-I have created a section of dark at the bottom of the picture. This makes less attention at the darker aspects. I do this with the tool “Graduated filter” and customize it with the exposure button (it is that rectangle with dots around it at the top of your tools).

lightroom before and after


5. Hou het licht tegen

Kijk waar het licht vandaan komt en plaats houten platen tegen het raam. Hier gebruik i mij zelfgemaakte backdrops. Je kunt ook verduisteringsstof gebruiken of gewoon een donker gordijn dicht doen en een kiertje open laten. Kijk waar het kiertje licht op valt en speel er mee.

5. Block the light 

Look where the light is coming from and place wooden boards against the window. Here I used my homemade backdrops. You can also use black fabric use or just close a dark curtain. See where the little light falls on it and play with it.

behind the scenes


Wil je meer leren over dark fotografie? In mijn workshop Fotografie & Foodstyling en in de 1 op 1 fotografie coaching kun  je hier meer over leren.

Behind the scenes with: Ofearthandink

This week, meet Carisse from Ofearthandink.
She will show you how she make her beautiful photos.


Behind the scenes - of earth and ink_-11

Background info on shoot

I have a thing for dark photography. I love the moodiness and mystery, the idea of catching glimpses of things hiding in the shadows. I love playing with light and what better way to do that than by being surrounded by the dark. For this shoot I styled a hot milk bundt cake which I made using a recipe from Coco e Baunilha Blog. 

What backdrops are you using?

I use a dark blue linen material which I drape over a piece of plywood board for a lot of my shoots. I also use plywood boards with a dark grey undercoat of paint and white finish. My husband has also made me several wooden backdrops which I’ve stained dark brown. I’m a thrift store shopper and I find a lot of off-cut building materials at a local store. I have several types of vinyl flooring off-cuts which I use regularly. For this shoot I used my linen material and some vinyl flooring material.

food photography

How do you start with styling?

I consider what my subject is, what I’m trying to say about it and how best to capture its loveliness. This cake has beautiful angles and details and the loveliest rich brown colour. I didn’t want to hide it under a glaze or frosting, but rather give it a light dusting of icing sugar. I love shots with movement and if this involves icing sugar, the darker the photo the better. I also think about what props might help tell the story – for me, everything I use has to make sense. For this cake, do I want its raw ingredients – eggs, milk, brown sugar, flour – in the shot? Or do I want to show it in its final resting place, sitting pretty on the table ready to be served?
I went with the latter and added some beautiful dried flowers in tones that complimented the cake’s colour, and then I added a bit of soft material in blue to compliment the yellow earthy tones of the flowers.

action photo food photography

What is your focus with styling?

My main focus is to get a beautiful image. I start with that and work backwards, making sure that there’s a story that makes sense because that adds interest. I also love playing with light and dark, so I also think about what things I can hide in the background and what things I can illuminate with light. I also consider my composition. I love using negative space and am trying to work harder on using the rule of thirds. When I started most of my photos had the subject very centred, but after watching Lucie’s tutorials on Instagram, I’ve started to appreciate how powerful the rule of thirds is.

Making food photos

What props do you often use?

My most used props are my cake stands because they elevate the food, allowing me to hide things below and behind the subject in the shadows. I have a rectangle and square cake stand made of wood that I use all the time. They also help me place my subject in the light while still creating that space in the darkened background below it. I also use cutlery a lot, but that’s because we use it to eat with and it makes sense in the shot. Cutlery is also so beautiful if it’s got details on, or is nicely tarnished.

Behind the scenes - backdrop

Behind the scenes photography cake

Tips and tricks?

For dark shots, find a great light source and a way to manipulate it (I use blockout and sheer curtains to create a really dark room with a single source of light through a small opening in the curtains). Set your shot up so that your subject is partly or wholly in the light, and place your props partly or wholly in the dark to create some mystery. I also use black foam boards to help create shadows if the light is really bright.  Go thrift shopping for beautiful, inexpensive pieces (I go weekly). Also look through the linen section because often there are some beautiful napkins or tea towels that you can use to add a bit of movement in your shots.

Behind the scenes - dark photography

Which light do you work  (daylight/artificial)

I use natural light, but only because I have a great source in my living room and have never had the opportunity to try artificial.

What camera and lenses do you use and/or tripod?

I use a Canon EOS 7D and a nifty Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens. I use a Weifeng tripod and a Canon remote for hand shots. Next on my list of purchases is a tripod arm and a 24 – 75mm lens.

camera and tripod

Which program to edit your photos?

I use Lightroom and it’s the best thing since sliced bread.

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