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.
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 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.