Daaarling – I need your help!
When I moved into my new home and built my “dream kitchen” it very quickly was clear to me that even tho I loved my kitchen and it had everything I wanted and all it really really has shitty *sorry* light to take pics there.
I will tell and show you why a little later in this post.
So what does a woman do if she is not a 100% pleased with a situation?
She – in this case me – seeks for alternatives… and as soon as there is a plan emerging on the horizon of her imagination she pouts about this unbearable situation in every imaginable situation her Sweetheart is within hearing range…
Good plan , huh?
Well, as much as Sweetheart is a sweetie, he also is a man with selective hearing abilities when he does not want to notice the pouting of his loving other half…
But would that ever stop me? NO! …I know that sooner or later he gives in… he IS a Sweetheart after all and a very handy (and handsome) one too!
Shortly after moving in there were a lot other things to be fixed and done so the task of finding me a special place to do my photographic setups was put on hold - but not forgotten, mind you!
Earlier this year, when we nearly finished the “guest room” and had set up the last very much needed Billy bookcases the topic became evident again and that’s where this story really begins…
To make the necessity more clear you can see a picture of my kitchen below:
As you can see above the kitchen is rather dark and has no strong light sources… and although there is a huge window front to the left there is not coming enough light through to help with photographic light issues. Even more because just outside this big window front is my little loggia, which due to the building characteristics of a loggia blocks a lot of light for every room behind…
I would not want to give up on this little piece of heaven tho!
Another fact that is against me: this part of the flat only has sunlight from about 7 am (in summer) to somewhere around early noon and even less in winter… being the night owl that I am I am not doing much productive work during this time in the kitchen other than grab a cuppa coffee and my muesli…
So the later the day, the darker it gets in here – making it almost feel like a cave at my most productive times: the evening and later in the evening… well you get the point!
After finishing with building the missing bookcases there was a little space left between in the corner of the window.
The place has a nice light during the afternoon and enough space to place an expandable table and photography stuff.
The only downside is the very yellowish street lamp directly in front of the window that makes it difficult to control light later in the evening.
With the black roller blind I can shut out the yellowish light tho and it works most of the time quite ok.
I already had a small light cube I bought a few years ago and one small lamp with a daylight bulb (especially for photography, Sweetheart found that for me…), plus a small tripod.
As you can see the bookcase is slowly filling up with stuff too. I find it convenient to have everything within reach…
But still I struggled with some things there:
…the table was to small and I had little place to position the lamp. Also I was lacking a possibility to position backdrops.
So the first step was to install a fixed white tabletop that fills up the space between the wall and the bookcase. High enough to make it quite comfortable for me to shoot pics and use the tripod.
Sweetheart was not happy but helped me to build the setup, following my wishes and instructions. Sally (my girl cat) was not happy that she has to share her favorite window now… We used a plain white chip board, three brackets and a plain table leg. We bought everything for less than 25 EUR in the hardware store. back in the corner we mounted a multiple outlet power strip to plug in the light sources.
Next we needed something to hold various background cardboards, fabrics, etc in place. As you can see in the picture above we used a curtain wire with clips I bought at IKEA for 2 EUR. its adjustable and perfect for clipping various things in the background and hold them in place for the setup.
Now, doesn’t that look nearly fantastic? My Lowel Ego Light (again thank you ProkitUK for sponsoring this wonderful gadget!) fits perfectly in the corner and my old lamp on the other side can be moved back and forth according to where I want or need the light. The old table is placed under the new one and can still be used as expandable when needed. Mostly it is used now for storing my cardboards and reflector sheets.
On the left hand side you can see the black roller blind, it’s also perfect for clipping on reflectors. ’cause I only have 2 hands and need them to hold the camera rather than hold reflectors and other stuff…
For now I am pleased with what we have achieved so far. For my nitpicking mind there is still room for improvement. I would love to hear your thoughts and maybe you have suggestions for improvement too?
Oh and Sweetheart of course was rewarded with some yummy food: Jamie’s Cinnamon Chocolate Marbled Cake and he loved it :)
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So what do you think?
Where do you shoot your food pics?
Now that I shared my thoughts, would you share yours with me?