Good Lighting for Food Photography

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When photographing food, one of the things you're trying to do is make that food look as delicious as possible. Learn about good lighting for food photography with help from an experienced director of photography in this free video clip.

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Hello, I'm Dan Reinecke with Unknown Media. Today, I'm going to show you a little demonstration on how to light food for photography. So take a look. Now what you're going to want is a strong key light coming in falling on very softly onto the food. You're going to want to diffuse this light quite a bit to keep the shadows to a minimum. Now shadows can actually take away from the look of the food and it can kind of give it a bit of a dingy feel so definitely be very mindful of your shadows. Now another key component into lighting food is giving it a nice hard back light. Now if you notice, when you block that back light, notice how it takes away from the edge and it kind of takes away that sheen that you get with the back light. Notice the difference. Now what this back light can do, it gives your food a lot of shape and dimension and it can actually just give it a bit more of a angelic feel to the food. So it's very key that you have a nice directional back light coming in to give it a lot of shape and dimension as well as adding a little bit of highlights to the back of your food. It's very key. So, in conclusion, remember when you're lighting food to keep a strong soft even light on the front of your food keeping shadows in mind because the shadows can actually take away from the look of your food. With that, you're also going to want a nice strong back light coming in to really give your food some shape and dimension. I'm Dan Reinecke, take your best shot.


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