Food Photography: Taming Reflections in Soup

By | 2016-12-18T17:00:59+00:00 July 12th, 2013|3 Comments

Top photo: My standard food setup caused a reflection on the top of my soup. 
Bottom Photos: A piece of foam board placed behind the setup removed the unwanted reflections.

One of the simplest tools I use with my food photography is white foam board. You can get this stuff at craft stores and most stores that have a “crafts” section in their store for $1-2, depending on the size. I use 20″x30″ pieces, mostly for fill light, but on occasion I need to cut out reflections and cut down the amount of lights in my backgrounds with it as well, so to do that I just place one directly behind the setup.

Now, doing this will reduce the amount of light you have in your scene, which is why I almost always use a tripod for my food images. There is still light coming in from above which gives me the quality of light I like to create with my food photography.

BTW, that giant diffuser in the background is a 4-ft by 6-ft Lastolite Panelight Collapsible Diffuser, my new FAVORITE tool for diffusing light with my food photography.

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My name is Nicole and I'm a photographer, author, & educator living in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. When I'm not making photos I'm writing books and tutorials for my online store, Learn more about me and my story here.


  1. Liz@HoosierHomemade July 13, 2013 at 8:42 am - Reply

    So excited to have found you! Thanks for your help!

  2. Barry john July 13, 2013 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    Great tip thanks
    I love my lastolite hi lite too

  3. Pal July 15, 2013 at 12:30 am - Reply

    Nice pictures. Have you ever tried Circular Polarizing filters? Not only can they sometimes reduce reflections, they can add saturation to your hero.

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