This chapter addresses probably the most important aspect of food photography: light. Light creates a mood and gives your food photos depth. Depending on the type of lighting you use, you can produce shots that are bright and lively or dark and mysterious. Light can be also shaped to suit your taste—do you like hard-edged shadows or do you prefer softer effects? Do you like light that comes from the side or do you prefer backlight? Lighting influences every aspect of a photo, from the subject itself to the background and other surroundings.

Have you already tried shooting with flash? Were you happy with the results or were you disappointed? This chapter aims to provide answers to some of the questions you may have. If I can, ...

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