Great Photo opportunities in your Kitchen?

composition of spoonfuls with various spices for healthy food preparing
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51 Different subjects to talk about….. This is just number 3 !

When I looked at the list of 51 different photos subjects, I knew there was going to be some subjects I would question. BUT, I like to take the challenge and find out how every subject has some sort of Photographic Interest.

Now the kitchen as a photographic subject, stunned me for a minute, until I tried to come up with photos that were taken in the kitchen. And I said: “YEAH”, WE CAN DO THIS!!!

There are three different types of photography you can do in the kitchen. One would be, obviously, to be the photographer who takes photos of a kitchen for the architect or kitchen designer. This would include photos like this:

kitchen island and barstools
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Then there seems to be a real art in taking pictures of Food Creations. Chefs can be very artistic, and they take food creations very serious. They will make a plate of food, and then use herbs, or spices to make it a creative photo, and they will try to tie into your appetite. Like this:

pastry and boiled egg on plate
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Or even something like this:

asparagus barbecue cuisine delicious
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That’s the point to this type of Kitchen Photography. If you are a chef of your own making, and want to post pictures of your food creations, then this is something you should learn to do, and it usually will involve a good lighting setup so that you can get the food in great detail without shadows and such.

And then the third type of kitchen photography would be to try artistic images. Here is one example:

Notice the lighting on a subject, and the way you can accent the steam. I think lighting on your subject will make you a true artist, if you can learn to see it’s potential in the art. Here are some other great ideas:

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Now, when you want to take photos of things to be artistic, I hope this gives you some ideas. Color is a big thing in a kitchen, whether it’s a green thing, or something created, color is a selling item. I can see some of these above photos for sale, to be put on a wall in the kitchen.

One more:

Here are some ideas to help you with your kitchen photos:

kitchen utensils :

kitchen containers

kitchen cooking utensils

kitchen toys for kids:

If you would like to take on this assignment and try some photos created in your kitchen, take the photos, and send me a copy to: We will then post these photos on one of our blogs to show off your creative mind.


silhouette photo of man singing on stage
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Day Two: “Mystery” — Manipulate Light

A photo can create a mood and communicate an idea that transcends its subject. At this performance at the Montreal Jazz Festival, there was a sense of anticipation, enhanced by dramatic lighting that revealed silhouettes on stage.

What were we about to watch and hear? It was a mystery:

Today, share an image that creates a sense of mystery. A lone mitten on a sidewalk. A trail that leads off into the distance. A creaky door that is left open. Intrigue us.

Today’s tip: Manipulate the light available to you to create a particular effect. Use it to create a shadow or highlights to create a certain mood. Work with natural light, or use artificial lighting.

The direction of light has a big impact on your photos. Things lit from the front have few shadows, and are evenly lit. When the light comes from the side, shadows and highlights are introduced, creating more texture and complexity. Lighting from behind throws things into sharp relief, silhouetting your subject. Wenjie Zhang explains different types of light in more detail — and shows great examples — in his post on the quality of light.

Photo by Cheri Lucas Rowlands.
Light filters through a window in an otherwise dark abandoned building. Photo by Cheri Lucas Rowlands.

Here are shooting ideas that take advantage of light during various times of the day:

  • Take your photo during the dramatic and often moody “Golden Hour”: the time just after sunrise or before sunset when natural light is soft and takes on color tones of its own. (Explore submissions to our Golden Hour photo challenge for inspiration.)
  • Illuminate your subject with a flashlight or candle .
  • Take a street shot, using car headlights or street lamps to light your scene.
  • Try a photo during the day when the bulk of the sun is hidden, revealing patches, shadows, or bursting rays of light.
Don’t miss tomorrow’s episode, when we talk about “scale”. Experimenting with size!

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Silhouette photography is something that is just beautiful, because it happens within the “story telling” mode. When you see a silhouette photo, it makes you think of what is going on, and it’s a great way to tell a story.

When you take a silhouette photo, make sure you have a camera that you can adjust the camera for exposure. Although, a camera that has just automatic mode may just give you good results. However, these newer cameras will sense that there is a subject in the foreground, and try to expose for that in automatic mode, thus, making your silhouette photo not turn out the way you dreamed about.

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Almost any object can be made into a silhouette. However, some objects are better than others.

Choose something with a strong and recognizable shape that will be interesting enough in its two-dimensional form to hold the viewer’s attention.

Silhouettes can’t draw on the colors, textures, and tones of subjects to make themselves appealing, so the shape needs to be distinct.

And having people as the subject is usually one of the best subjects in silhouette photography, especially if it is someone you know. Funny thing is that the person in the photos usually loves the results of them being a silhouette.

2- If you have a camera with auto flash, make sure you turn that off. A silhouette will not be a silhouette when a flash is used.

3- Get the light right when you do silhouette photos.

silhouette of a person on a swing
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When it comes to lighting your subject, you’ll need to throw out a lot of what you’ve learned about normal photography and think a little backward.

Instead of lighting the front of your subject, you need to ensure that there is more light shining from the background than the foreground of your shot. Or to put it another way, you want to light the back of your subject rather than the front.

The perfect setup is to place your subject in front of a sunset or sunrise – but any bright light will do the trick.

4- Make sure that the subject in your silhouette is distinct and uncluttered. If you use a person for your subject, that is usually the easy part. But, make sure there isn’t a lot of other “stuff” in the photo to distract from the main subject.

silhouette photo of person riding on horse
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5- Use manual mode for your exposure control to get the photo just the way you want it.

A simple way to use Manual mode is to actually start in Auto. Point your camera at the brightest part of the sky, look at the shutter speed and aperture that your camera suggests, then switch over to Manual mode and dial in those settings.

Next, take a test shot and review it on your camera’s screen.

If your subject is too light (i.e., you need to make it darker), increase the shutter speed and see what happens. And if your subject is too dark, decrease the shutter speed to brighten up the shot.

Eventually, you’ll end up with a well-exposed silhouette!

6- Because you are working in the dark for your subject, make sure you keep it sharp. This is a time when autofocus might give you trouble, so be careful and watch that your focus is good.

silhouette photo of woman
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7- If you want to take the time to be really creative, have controlled light with just enough light to highlight the edges of your subject, like the photo above. It is very dramatic and is something that really is a great piece of art. This is something that you would have to do with a manual camera, because the subject will need to be dark as well, plus the background may be dark, so you can get the lining of your subject lit.


Doing silhouette photography is something you have to practice with, but, when you get it right, it is a real piece of art. During the next little while, through summer and beyond, there will be that chance of some good sunset photography. Why not put a subject in the foreground, and take the photo just like you are taking a picture of the sunset, and you should get some great silhouette pictures. Good luck.

silhouette photography of group of people jumping during golden time
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Here is another inspirational photo, but, also done as a silhouette. This photo and other photos are available for sale at: