Are you shooting with an artificial flash and unsure of how to create the soft, natural light look? The solution is easy to set up and it’s one that won’t break the bank to purchase. The key is just to remember that a larger light source will provide softer light.

You may be wondering, “How do you make a small flash into a larger light source?” You add a modifier to it! Many different items can be used to modify an artificial light source. When the flash shines into the modifier, it illuminates the modifier. If the modifier is made from a translucent white material, the light from the flash will diffuse and pass through the material and onto your subject. When this happens, the material becomes a new, larger light source. The larger the modifier, the larger your light source becomes. Let’s take a look at some inexpensive lighting modifiers and how their size will impact the look of a dish.

Before any modifiers are added, let’s look at our subject with just a bare flash lit from the left side. In all of these examples, I am keeping the flash the same distance form the subject. The only difference in the images is the lighting modifier that I use.

If you’ve been struggling to create the beautiful, soft, natural light look with artificial light, give the bed sheet a try!

Top image: Table with ingredients and kitchen tools by Antonio Gravante.