In this episode, Bill and Ed talk with commercial and stock food photographer Kelly Cline. Kelly talks about her passion for food, making the best of natural light and using paper towels for reflectors.


Bill Crawford, publisher of (Flickr)
Ed Hidden, exclusive photographer (Flickr)

Special Guest:

Kelly Cline, commercial food photographer.

Kelly Cline

Kelly is a photographer from Seattle, specializing in commercial food photography (yum). She is also a contributor to

Kelly Cline Photos

View Kelly’s web site at:
View Kelly’s iStockphoto portfolio here:
View Kelly’s cooking blog (with pics) at:
Check out Kelly’s Flickr feed as well:

LightSource Episode 24 (Interview Series) [41:36 minutes]



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In this episode:

Bill and Ed discuss:

Special Guest Kelly Cline discusses:

  • Getting started in food photography
  • The secret to her high quality images
  • Modifying natural light
  • Reflective materials for all purposes
  • Using paper towels as reflectors [Cinnamon rolls]
  • Why she doesn’t use strobes on food
  • Making food look real
  • Dealing with depth of field [breakfast in bed photo]
  • Shooting times of day [caesar salad with chicken]
  • Why passion about your subject is important
  • Challenges to food styling
  • Shooting fast to get the fresh look
  • How to spot fake ice cream photos
  • Tips for photographing pizza
  • Advice for photographers wanting to try food photography

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