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Focus On Food Photography for Bloggers (Focus On Series) by Matt Armendariz

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Chapter 4:A Light Introduction

Simply stated, you cannot have photography without light. Even the origin of the word itself includes the Latin word for “light.” And next to the food itself, light is the most important aspect to food photography. It illuminates the subject, it shines through objects, it washes over and bathes the plate, or it peaks through and highlights only selected areas. No matter how you use it, it’s necessary to do our thing. It lights up our lives.

However, not all light is created equal. It’s hot and cold, hard and soft, cool and warm, smooth and harsh, and just about everything in between. It can come from a candle, ...

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