Food photography lighting tips and advice

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Good lighting is the single most important criteria for good photography, and the very best light is indirect daylight—a shady spot on a sunny day is the holy grail of natural lighting conditions. It gives your food a bright, even glow, and doesn't tint colors in the way that indoor lighting typically does. Make sure to turn off any nearby lamps or overhead lights, you only want the rays of the sun, no mixing in artificial bulbs.

If you're shooting indoors, your best bet is to set up during the day near a window—though again, outside the range of direct sunlight. In a restaurant, that may mean requesting a specific table; in your home, it may mean shooting in a room other than your kitchen.
Once you've found your perfect spot, it's time to think about positioning your food in relation to the light source. Light should illuminate the dish from a slight angle. If light comes directly behind you, it can cast a shadow on your dish. Another option is to backlight the subject, which yields a moodier and often more interesting image. In this case, the light should come from above and behind the dish, or even slightly to the side depending on the foods texture.

Lastly, never ever use the camera's flash aimed at your subject.It makes terrible highlights and shadows. The results are not good in food photography. You could balance with an external flash off a reflector or a white wall to bounce it for a softer light with reasonable success - using flash it's not a method I would use.

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