As a photographer, few things in life are more important than good lighting. And, ohhhhh, when you hit that 'sweet spot' and find that magical few minutes of every-fleeting, perfectly-balanced light, it's amazing.
|Warm, soft balanced light. Yes, I was eating this cheese at home when the light caught my eye... time to grab that camera and set-up a little impromptu food photo shoot by the kitchen window!|
As a food photographer, my favorite scenario is getting a table, during the day, next to a window with plenty of natural light. I own a flash, but have never once used it during a food photography shoot. There's just something about natural light that makes cuisine so much more appealing - and a flash just adds a harshness that I'm not a fan of. I mean, when's the last time you ate a meal with a giant, bright light shining right at your food? It's not how food naturally looks - So, if ya' want my opinion on how to make your food photos instantly look better, then put away that flash immediately!
|The Perfect Food Photography Scenario: On a table next to a window with plenty of natural daylight.|
|Natural light = How you see your food. No flash required.|
So, have some fun with lighting - experiment - practice - and see what your favorite look is. After all, there is no 'right' answer - this is why I love photography. It is subjective - an art form - each photographer has their own look & feel, and you are free to explore and find what grabs you.
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