As the days are getting darker and colder, I always feel inspiration for making dark and moody shots of food. Now, one would think it is easy, but for me, it was a little tricky. All my career as a photographer, I have heard “use reflectors to add more light’, so this goes against the grain of my logic. The key for making a dark and moody image is manipulating the light with black cards to soak up the light to create dynamism. Then in post, working the highlights and shadows to emphasize “dark & moody” is essential for the story (yes, I feel every image has a story).
I really had a blast practicing “dark & moody”. I can’t wait to do it again!
Here is my workflow screenshot and other dark and moody images. If you have “dark & moody” images to share, feel free to leave a link to them in the comments. I’d love to see your work!