New gig: FOOD photography. Need help on lighting, examples included! Thanks!!!

Started Feb 14, 2013 | Discussions thread
DecibelPhoto
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Re: New gig: FOOD photography. Need help on lighting, examples included! Thanks!!!
In reply to gomatt, Feb 15, 2013

I think you're doing great.  I've worked with some high-end food photographers, I have a little experience.

First off, no shadows should pretty much never be a goal for any type of photography.  Get that out of your head.  It's all about well placed shadows.

That being said, food photography is almost always shot with very soft light coming from behind.  Backlight is pretty much the norm.  The main guy I work with will usually use a 4x6' box behind and above the dish, perhaps slightly to the side.  There are also fill cards in front, and often an additional snooted head from behind and to the side to bring out texture in a localized area.  You can also use heads with reflectors and silks, or v-flats.  I would highly recommend staying away from hot lights.

Keep up the good work

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