Professional dessert photography setup?

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  1. erkindemir

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    Hello everyone,

    I have a job that the lighting should be exactly the same to the ones in the links.

    Since I consider myself a portrait photographer, I guess some tips from the experienced friends on here could be helpful.

    I have 3 heads with big umbrellas and a beauty dish. Guess I will need some smaller modifiers for this project?. renting is an option. any ideas for the setup?

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    Based on those examples, large modifiers would be ideal; in fact, I think a single, large modifier fairly close to the item would get you what you want; soft, diffuse light with a very gentle shadow graduation.
     
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    Thanks for the answer. So A big modifier will be enough for this project. I guess it should be tilted down like 45 degree for the gradient effect?
     
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    If you reverse-engineer the lighting in those images, it appears to be a single light, ~45 degrees camera right and angled downward somewhere between 30 and 40 degrees. The exact placement will depend on your lights and modifier. For something like this, a speedlight in a small softbox (say 24x24) on low power and very near the item (likely within 12") should be a good starting point. A second layer of diffusion material might not go amiss either.
     
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    The size of a light modifier determines how sharp or diffuse shadow edges are.
    A bare on or off camera hot shoe flash is a small light source and delivers harsh sharp edged shadows.
    Turn that bare flash around so it's pointing into a 32" umbrella, or is pointing at the subject from inside a 24" softbox, and the shadows will have a much more diffuse edge.

    In fact as long as you control light spill you might even use a scrim.

    Note that skilled product photographers also often use black flats to subtract light.
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    Thanks for the replies, I really appreciate it.

    I have a photex softlighrer 46'' umbrella. Considering the size of the desserts, the modifier seems too big?

    Does anyone have an opinion. Maybe I can block the lights with scrims or blackboards to make the modifier smaller?
     
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    Studying the shadows... I’m thinking they’re hanging the soft box from an overhead boom. The light seems to be mostly from above.
     

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