One important factor in food photography is capturing lights in various intensity and angle
There should always be lights on the sides, back and on top. Artificial lighting can be the best friend of a food photographer. Through its use, food photography is not limited to daytime capturing but even at night. But there is always something in the natural light, maybe the word natural which does not require too much editing in the process.
Here are more tips related to use of light:
1. Use lights to add shadows and depth to your photo,
2. Experiment with the natural light that is available to you
3. Use one light source at a time and master how to use them. Since this is food photography, the more natural it looks the better. If you meant to show that the light comes from the sun. Then there should only be one light with one sun.
4. Try using mirrors and aluminum lids to play the effects of the light
5. Identify the golden hour for you to shot. Each location varies.
6. Finding the golden window in your house. A location where the sun is at its best and makes its presence felt as its ray’s passes through the window.
7. Never use flash in front of your camera. Using built in flash can create dull, boring, unappealing, unreal and even funny color images. This falls short of your goals. The flash is good to bounce off the light not directly hit the subject as
a built in flash does.
8. Let the shadows give the mystery and depth. Play it around
9. Bring your subject on the box and create moody shots too.
10. Manage the reflections when shooting glasses and beverages. It can always make a beautiful photo futile because of the image that is reflected in there. So, be cautious.
Let the light help you in your passion. Control it and manipulate it to bring out the finest in texture, cheerfulness of colors and brilliance of your subject. Do that with light in whatever source you took it from.