Photographing FOOD Issue 1 Window Lighting

Did you receive a new camera for Christmas? Is your New Year’s resolution to improve your food photography? If you have a passion for pictures, I have something you will love! Today I am introducing a new series of food photography tutorials. Say hello to photographing FOOD.

Many of you have asked about my workshops and if I will be doing one near you. Here is my solution. I am bringing my workshop to you! In each issue of photographing FOOD, I will walk you through a topic related to food photography.




Window lighting is the simplest and least expensive way to light your images. All you need is a window! Don’t have a window? Not a problem. I will show you how your garage door can easily be used to make a great daylight studio. Don’t have access to daylight shooting hours? Don’t worry.

The three images above were taken at night with a $10 light source. Short on space? Don’t let that stop you. These images were all taken on a kitchen counter or on the floor. This issue is filled with step by step and behind the scene shots showing you exactly how I arrived at each final shot.



Want to know exactly what is in this issue? Take a look at the table of contents.

No matter what your skill level or experience, there is something for everyone in photographing FOOD. This issue is available as a downloadable PDF. It is formatted to read beautifully on your computer, ipad or iphone. Take a look! I think you will enjoy what you find.



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  1. says

    This is so great! One of my goals for 2013 is exactly what you said, to improve my food photography skills. I have enjoyed your posts about it because you explain it in a way that I can understand. I just downloaded this first issue and looking forward to reading it this weekend! Thanks so much. Sharon

  2. says

    This is great! We’ve taken so many photos of our beautiful breakfasts that just weren’t good enough to use. It’s very frustrating. I look forward to reading this and future issues.

    Dena, Innkeeper
    Blue Ridge Inn Bed & Breakfast

  3. says

    I’ve got the window thing down, but definitely want to learn more about artificial lighting, especially if it’s only $10 lighting! Those shots look great, looking forward to seeing how you took them :)

    • says

      So glad to hear how much you enjoyed the first issue! The second issue should be out at the end of the month! I will release details soon!

  4. says

    I’ve received my copy and it’s full of excellent information and great pictures (go figure!) If you have a need to take food photos, this is the best $5 you’ll spend! Highly recommended. Looking forward to future issues.

    Recommendation – Taylor, I know you are using a professional camera. I found that some of your suggestions were hard or impossible to do with my Canon Powershot.

    Thank you!
    Dena Martin, Innkeeper
    Blue Ridge Inn Bed & Breakfast

    • says


      So glad to hear that you enjoyed the issue! Yes, I am using a professional DSLR in the first issue. In the second issue I am going to address the differences in camera selections and what is the best shooting set up based upon the camera you have available to you. Thanks again for your support!

      – Taylor

  5. says

    DUDE this is so crazy. I found your post for the $15 lighting DIY and my bf is going to help me make it. But now there’s an issue to help me learn how to use it?! Awesome. Totally awesome. Will be downloading soon!!

  6. Natalie says

    Just downloaded this and it is amazing! I have been wanting to start a food blog, if only just to keep track of all of my favorite recipes, but I can only take the pictures at night and they turned out AWFUL! Your tutorial for building and using the artificial light source is exactly what I have been looking for. Can’t wait to build it and start shooting.

    Your photography is *beautiful*, thanks for sharing. Following your blog now so I can download any future issues :-)

  7. says

    Fantastic food photos that makes me always drool and hungry. I really like the way you shoot food — so simple. I just hope I can arrange food the way you do. :) I always end up with clutter.


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