Food photography with natural light – Pasta

Food photography doesn’t necessarily require extravagant dishes or professional cooking skills. In this food photography class, Karl and Anna demonstrate the simplest and easiest way to photograph food at home.

Using nothing but natural light, Anna demonstrates how to style a home-cooked bowl of pasta before explaining what props and equipment you’ll need. Karl explains the lighting, the advantages of shooting with natural light, and also demonstrates how to use positive and negative fill to control your light.

Class objectives:

  • Show how to photograph food at home
  • How to photograph food using natural light
  • How to style home-cooked food for photography
  • Affordable accessories for food photography
  • Food styling tips
  • Camera settings for natural light food photography

If you have any questions about this class, please post in the comments section below.

NOTE: This class is available with English subtitles.

Using studio lights for food photography does make it easier to control your lighting, but the truth is that amazing food photography can be achieved using little more than natural light. This is what Anna and Karl wanted to demonstrate in this food photography class — how you can photograph home-cooked food in your own kitchen with nothing but natural light.

To keep it simple, Anna decided to photograph a bowl of spaghetti, which she topped with a store-bought jar of sauce. This is a simple dish that doesn’t require a high level of culinary skills and can easily be done at home.

Home cooking example

Photographing food at home can be done using simple ingredients.

For the styling Anna shot the image on the dining room table, using a selection of props and fresh ingredients.

Food photography styling

Starting work on styling the image.

Once she was happy with the composition and styling, the next step was to perfect the lighting. For this stage, Karl and Anna experimented with different types of positive and negative fill, demonstrating and comparing the effect of each.

Food photography lighting setup

Results from different types of fill light.

This class aims to show just how simple food photography can be and is ideal for those just starting out in photography. It also covers some powerful information about how to control light – knowledge that can be transferred to any genre of photography.

The final image:

Pasta food photography image

The final home cooking pasta image.


  1. Some great information here. 👍 It seems as though you have presented these videos in reverse order 🤔

  2. These food photography tutorials are awesome. Anyone can try food photography. I agree… Ana is awesome…. you too Karl. Lol. Thank you!

  3. I would love to be able to pause the video and have it fully download and then watch. The video seems to stop and I need to click around for it to start up again.

    1. Hi We’d love to but unfortunately translations are very expensive and we just don’t have enough demand for it at the moment. All our videos do have english subtitles though if that helps.

  4. I’ve come in a bit late watching this but I’m so pleased to see it was shot in a domestic setting.
    Its what I’ve called ‘kitchen sink’ photography. Showing what can be achieved with what one has at home and no studio paraphernalia.
    In a word; Brilliant!!

  5. thanks for the Wonderfull tutorial .. i wonder why Anna didn’t use the laptop for taking the shoot .. it’s more easy as that you use tethering .

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