Improving Cooking Process Photos With Lighting Makeover, #GELighting

Since it is very hard to show how delicious the dish tastes though internet, I need to show it though the photos. I’ve been really unhappy with my cooking process photos for the longest time, it was time to do something about it. I thought it was going to be a quick and easy job…little did I know, it was a project from hell! Good news is that I accomplished what I set out to do!


I’m sure many of you know that the key to a good looking photo is lighting. It’s very hard to take a good food photo without any natural light. Flash is really not a friend to food and shouldn’t be used. If you have special studio lighting and equipment, you may not have this problem, but I don’t. I also am very adamant in using natural light for food photography but, unfortunately for me, my kitchen has no windows. This means, no natural light while cooking. I’ve been suffering with bad lighting while taking cooking process picture for much longer that I would like to admit. It’s just one of those thing that I kept putting off. There have been a few times when I didn’t want to use a process photo because even editing would not help it. Finally I decided to do something about the lighting in my kitchen to help my photos. As part of my partnership with GE, I received coupons for new GE light bulbs. All opinions posted about my GE Lighting experience are my own.

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I want to share my hell project story with you as well. I went out and got a nice new, very pretty, light fixture and some great new GE Reveal light bulbs. I was so excited to install the new light! Mine is ten years old and looked horrible. Seriously, really bad. On top of it being old and dingy, I haven’t dusted it in a couple of weeks because I kept thinking that I would change them any day. I almost don’t want to show the picture, but the difference is amazing!

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Well, we took the old, long light off and began installing the new light. After standing there like a Statue of Liberty,  holding the new light up for 15 minutes, I realized that we can’t put on the new round light because of the installation issues. So I went back to the store and got a long light. In the middle of putting the light together, we realized that our crappy old apartment does not have the wire box in the ceiling. Long story short, without an electrician, we can’t install any new lights!


Good new is that I am stubborn and I wanted the new light, “live or die”! I marched right back to the store and got myself some magic erasers and special paint. It was lighting revitalization time! I took my old, ugly light and used magic eraser to clean it. Kitchen light has the problem of greasy spots being on it and magic eraser works perfectly.  Three coats of paint later, the light looks brand new! It’s amazing what desperation and determination can get accomplished! My husband said that we don’t need to buy new stuff anymore, he will just hand me some magic erasers and some paint.

After we re-installed the “new” light, we got to use our new GE Reveal light bulbs. The difference was immediately noticeable! Holy,  bright lights, Batman!! I immediately had to make some cookies to see the difference. The pictures were great and the cookies were great! I definitely have to share this great cookie recipe with you soon.


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  1. says

    wow what an amazing difference…the cookies look delisssssssssh, could reach right in an grab a dozen,get a glass of milk an eat till the cow’s come home.

  2. says

    I love it…you are stubborn! :) The lighting looks great! I need better lighting in my kitchen. Plus I have red cabinets to the coloring is always off but we live in a rental house so there isn’t much I can do about it.

  3. says

    I’m so sorry you had so many issues with the electric, but…you got a snazzy “new” light at the end and a kitchen that’s photo friendly, so…hopefully it was all worth it in the end.
    And I can’t wait to see your cookie recipe. Yum!

  4. says

    This is amazing! I’ve been trying to come up with better lighting issues for photos in the kitchen too…. it’s really hard! I too am adamant about using natural lighting, one reason most of my recipes or crafts are created over the weekend when I have daylight to do them…. in specific areas of the house too where there are windows. LOL This gives me hope that we can find solutions to our lighting issues without spending a ton of money. Thanks so much for linking up to Inspire Me Wednesday!

  5. says

    Those cookies look amazing! After putting the GE Reveal lights in my bedroom, I’m excited to replace the bulbs in my kitchen so I can take better photos for recipes and reviews, too! They’re definitely great bulbs for bloggers!


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