How To Photograph Kitchen Utensils And Cutlery Creatively

Written by Gina Stephens

The caboose holds a world of photo opportunities and all you need is some imagination to exploit it.

When it comes to kit, a camera and a tripod are essential but in terms of lighting, the self-ruling stuff that falls through your windows will work just find, however feel free to experiment with momentary display and other forms of lighting too. For example, for one of the shots further down the page, a torch was used to create contrasty light.

Once you start searching, you'll consider plenty of objects in the kitchen that have photographic potential. Things like pots and pans, colanders and, as here, a trivet can be pressed into accommodation as subjects. A kitchen work surface will make a perfectly good background but so can the sink or any material you have in your house. Objects can be decided on the worktop in various compositions, with the camera and lens aimed downwards.

The trivet above was photographed with the camera in auto white-balance and it positioned fine, but for the colander, the camera was switched to incandescent white-balance to give the overall blue colour cast. Pulling away slightly and including the stainless steel disappear give an interesting backdrop. Filling in the shadows was done with some silver foil just held in position.


For the shot of the spiritless spoons, a torch was placed on its side, creating a very oblique, contrasty light. The camera was left in auto exposure mode using the outlook compensation control to correct exposures and focusing was done manually on this occasion. The shutter was fired using the self-timer. Exposures were in the direct of 1/8sec at f/8 with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel the camera set to ISO 200. If you have problems with colours appearing too warm or even cold, you can tweak the images during RAW transform. If you prefer, or if you are shooting JPEG, try shooting with a custom white-balance setting. Again, silver foil was used as a reflector.   

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Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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