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    • is it really not flat, I thought it had rounded edges and the light hitting the edges was from the windows on either side?

    • Good idea. I’m thinking the garage with its cement floor may be the place to do this. The food on top should make it flat.

      Why didn’t I think of a polarizer?

    • That's the tough part. I do have one idea, she could have her kids paint different parts of the wood you have. If you got matte paints that would take care of the glare and with 5 kids and their unique styles all across it it would be a constant visual representation of who she's cooking for and something that other parents and kids could relate to.

      If that doesn't work the rest of my advice is more general ideas, like if it could be something else tied to the content linking back to her/your family's history since there's already a generational aspect to this. Or there's the food itself, if she mostly cooks a certain way like for example vegetarian or vegan that would open up a lot of plant based motifs. Or simply just let her style shine through with it. Textiles would be an good choice lighting wise just clean up might be problem so I'd look to get 2-3 of whatever you use with that. And it could be a big ask but changing it up if not every episodes then every few (like every week or month) that could be another potential point of engagement if this takes off as people want to know what will be next.

    • I don't have any experience with food photography, but I was reminded of this video I saw a while back that may or may not have some helpful tips in it.

    • Well this is turning into a much bigger project than I figured I was getting into. What has happened to my living room? Wife thinks I may have lost it.

      The camera is up so high (lens barely visible way up high) because I only have a 50mm lens for the Nikon. You can’t see the ceiling, but it’s flat in the middle and slanted on the sides toward the backdrop. I have the lights pointed at the slanted bits.

      The tall pics in the foreground have white backs pointed in the direction of the backdrop.

    • Or there's the Nikon 20mm, I love mine because it is light :)

      It can be a bit much though, the 24mm f1.8 is similar in terms of image quality but the distortion isn't nearly as bad if you don't NEED that wide of a field of view.

    • Wife thinks I may have lost it.

      She's not alone. :-P

      You do have Photoshop hey?

      Camera RAW Filter -> Dehaze -> Shadows ^

    • We are officially in the equipment and product testing phase. So far the remote flash trigger is misbehaving.

      We are also missing a few key products that will be in the final photo. They have to be bought fresh and ready to shoot within a couple of hours.