Food Photography Lighting Tips

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When setting up lights for food photography, you're always going to want to keep a few particular things in mind. Get food photography lighting tips with help from an experienced director of photography in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Dan Reinecke with Unknown Media. Today, I'd like to talk to you about lighting food in photography. Now, I have some empanadas, for example. Now, empanadas aren't the most pretty food, but they're very good for the example that I'm about to tell you. Now, your biggest biggest enemy when lighting food is going to be shadow. Depending on where your shadows fall, it can give your food a real, just nasty look. Now, the softer the light that you can have falling onto your food, the better. Because it's going to limit the shadows. Now, another thing that you're going to want to avoid is adding colored gels to your lights. You don't want a color to influence the actual look of the food itself. You want it to be very natural. Now, another thing that is always a good rule of thumb is to have a nice hard back light coming in on the food. Because of that, it's going to give it a much more kind of majestic and angelic look to it. And it's going to kind of really sell the look of a really nice looking food. That was just a few tips on how to light food in photography. I'm Dan Reinecke. Take your best shot.


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