What's the best lighting for desserts?

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    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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    Look for strobes that have a "proportional" modeling light that can be turned down for cake icing. Avoid continuous lighting.

    I searched the forums for "lighting, food" and got 20 pages of threads you can read.

    I did not refine my search any further, but you can search based on what interests you.

    Search Results for Query: lighting, food | Photography Forum
     
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    Thank you for posting. I understand that there are many pages on lighting and food, as I searched the forum before posting, but I didn't see anything on cakes. I also understand that with some photography with food, the photographer likes to have more shadows to prevent the image from looking flat and also make the food more appealing. This is why I decided to make a new post with the exact equipment I have. Again, thank you for your response as I now have something new to research on - strobes.
     
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    That's why I wrote that you should avoid continuous lighting and turn the modeling lights down so they don't make a lot of heat.
     
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    This would be a good place to start. It's what they do. God, or the Big Bang gave you most of what you need. You just need to learn how to use it.
     
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    I have a few lights highlighting my taste buds ... Those would probably work out well (at least for me).
     
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    Is there a time when Gary is not thinking of food???
     
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    No (period). Either making or consuming.
     
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    Here you go Gary. Gryphon just baked White chocolate, pecan oatmeal cookies. Enjoy.
    IMG_0512.jpg
     
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    Mmmmmhhh ... Let me turn on those taste bud lights.
     
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    Once again, another person rudely answering trying to answer my question but fails...i'm asking what is the best lighting equipment for large cakes not small bite size desserts. Your link did not help me.
     
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    Strip box
    Paul C. Buff - Foldable Stripboxes
    Strobe with built in fan for modeling light.
    Paul C. Buff - AlienBees B1600
    Cheap light stands are a disaster waiting to happen only put expensive strobes on good light stands.
    Paul C. Buff - 13-foot Heavy Duty Light Stand
    You will also need a boom
    Westcott Complete Boom Arm - 6.5' 6017 B&H Photo Video
    savage seamless background paper | B&H Photo Video

    You will need a long wooden dowel and two less expensive light stands to support the back drop paper.

    Good luck
     
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