How do Dops manage to make food look so good on-camera?

This week in Zeferino Professional Lighting we have an appetite for finding out the best tips to light the tastiest dishes as all professionals dops.

Maybe your dream is to work on a cooking show. Or maybe you want to start your own Tasty-style channel on YouTube. Maybe you’re just a filmmaker who is super obsessed with food. Whatever your situation might be we want to show you the techniques professionals use to get delicious dishes looking so damn good. In the following video you can discover how to light food so your mouth would water.

When it comes down to food, lighting is the key. Dishes will look much more dramatic if lighted from the back or from the side, because the shadows improve the texture of the food. Backlighting is a good option because it will give you special results such as faded or veiled backgrounds. However it requires careful handling of lights and shadows. Maybe the most natural lighting would be the one coming from the side of the camera, because it touches the food obliquely and it creates soft shadows.


In this case the video vas shotwith a two-light setup that makes your food look appetizing as well as stylish. This is a great option for those who may not have a whole lot of lights to work with. But still want their work to look professional and put together. It is as well recommended not to mix different sorts of lights, like natural and fluorescent.


There are a few things at play in today’s cooking videos. Extreme close ups, slow tracking shots, and even completely static cams are very popular right now. Another camera technique that is en vogue at the moment is slow motion shots. There are few things more appetizing than bacon sizzling in a cast iron skillet in slow motion, basically porn.

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