Food Photography Lighting Tips

Scott Kelby from Kelby Training recently published this video tutorial showing how he shoots a sushi plate with two continuous lights plus giving some useful tips for improving your food photography.

Continuous lights are becoming more popular for photography especially now with the fast improvements in LEDs. These type of lights are more powerful than ever and they run cool which is very important, especially for food photography.

This video is a part of a series but it has some interesting info for anybody shooting food on its own. Kelby shoots at 45 degree with a long telephoto for a very tight shot (he uses a 28-300mm from Tamron). Keby starts with one light from behind and than adds a fill light from the front side. To remove more of the shadows he brings in a flip mirror which you can buy in any drug store.  Another trick he uses is to over expose food photography (he increases the exposure by about 1 stop). All pretty simple and easy but the result looks appetizing which is exactly what we want to achieve.

You can find many more videos on how to shoot food on our dedicated food photography sub-section here on LensVid.

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