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Wapato Stuffed Pepper Soup from Rill Foods. (GORDON KING/Yakima Herald-Republic)

Keeping it simple

Simple is good. Sometimes very good.

 

With an assignment to photograph a pot of soup for a food feature, I could have busted out the strobes, reflectors and associated lighting gear and made a major production of it.

 

But I wanted to create a warm, simple,  “homey” sort of photo. A photo which matches the way homemade soup makes you feel. Not an over-lit shot that demonstrates my lighting skills.

 

Window light provided the perfect lighting solution for the photo. And this time of year the early-afternoon light is soft and warm, exactly the sort of light I wanted for the photo.

 

As luck would have it, I’ve got a large window with the right exposure at my home.  Our dining room table is already by the window so all I needed was a tablecloth and a bowl for the bread (and the willpower to not eat the soup and the bread).

 

Simple. No muss, no fuss.

 

The basic scene:

 

By the time I had arranged the bowls the angle of the sun had changed a bit so I had to move the table a couple of feet before making the final image. That’s the only adjustment I had to make.

The final photo:

Wapato Stuffed Pepper Soup from Rill Foods. (GORDON KING/Yakima Herald-Republic)

 

The whole shoot took less than 45 minutes and in our world of daily deadlines saving time is always good.

 

So, simple can be very good.

 

–Gordon King

 

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