Before I get into various lighting techniques for digital food photography, I want to impress upon you the importance of using the proper exposure. Indeed, using the proper exposure is critical to great photography. Having enough detail—especially in the highlights—is a key challenge you’ll face in digital photography. Similar to shooting photographs with slide film, shooting digitally requires that you be more precise in your exposure than with negative film. If you don’t expose the photo properly, you won’t be able to put detail back into the image without devoting an enormous amount of time and energy to retouching. Even then, the image might still not look great.