Here are a few examples that Amy and I did in class this last Saturday showing back lighting and also side lighting. Today I’ll be talking about using fill cards. Fill cards are used to bring more light into the shadow areas of what you are shooting without adding another light. I tend to use them in very subtle ways. Just enough to kick in a little bit of light into the shadow areas. In the shot below you can see the little bit of white reflecting in the front of the tomato. The fill card is just under my lens and is a piece of white foam core about 16 x 20 inches big. I’ll have more shots of sets like this in later posts. Lighting food like this and using fill cards is really just a matter of preference – whether or not you like how it looks.
Example 1: Front Fill
Now in this shot below there is a side fill card being used just off the set to the left on the table. You can also see a bit of white reflecting in the shot on the right side – reflecting the white fill card.
Example 2: Side Fill Card
In this example above our light is coming from the right. The shot on the left has quite a dark shadow on the left side of our veggie plate. You can also see a difference in the top leaf of the the herb. The fill card is about two inches away from the left side of the veggie plate.