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Old Feb 28, 2016, 8:46 AM   #1
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Default What's the best lighting for desserts?

Hi! I'm new to photography and I would like everyone's recommendation on what lighting I should get. I have a Canon Rebel T2i with an EFS 55-250 mm lens and an EFS 18-55 mm lens. What I will be taking photographs of are desserts like cakes, cupcakes, cake pops, cookies, and other desserts. I've been searching for what the best lighting is for what I will be taking pictures of and it seems like getting a pair of soft boxes is a great option with a white backdrop. One thing I'm mainly concerned about is if the heat from the light source will be too hot that it'll melt away the cake and other details such as fondant. I would greatly appreciate it if I can get someone's opinion on what I should get. Thanks for your time and I can't wait to see your response.
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Old Feb 28, 2016, 12:41 PM   #2
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One big question would be about how much room you have for these pictures. A pair of softboxes take up a good bit of space, and if there is anything else going on in the area, can be easily knocked out of position.
Incandescent or tungsten lighting can generate quite a bit of heat, but LED or CF do not, so might be a better choice for you. You may also get what you need by using a single umbrella with off-camera flash, using your pop-up flash as fill.
(if heat turns out to be an issue anyway, a CO2 fire extinguisher will chill down the desserts nicely. Many a six pack has been prepped that way, but not for photographic purposes)
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One big question would be about how much room you have for these pictures. A pair of softboxes take up a good bit of space, and if there is anything else going on in the area, can be easily knocked out of position.
Incandescent or tungsten lighting can generate quite a bit of heat, but LED or CF do not, so might be a better choice for you. You may also get what you need by using a single umbrella with off-camera flash, using your pop-up flash as fill.
(if heat turns out to be an issue anyway, a CO2 fire extinguisher will chill down the desserts nicely. Many a six pack has been prepped that way, but not for photographic purposes)
Hi, thank you for your reply. I have enough room from the looks of lighting set-ups. I will look more into what a CF is. Thank you again.
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Oh, sorry, CF is the compact fluorescent.
An advantage to CF or LED is that the color temperature doesn't change if used with a dimmer, if you want to change the lighting level.
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Old Feb 29, 2016, 5:43 PM   #5
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I'd use umbrellas (or diffusers that soften and spread light like umbrellas do). You might also try LED hot lights, a few weeks ago someone posted an inexpensive option somewhere on SDC...
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