Speed lights and flashes are indeed useful photography lights but they aren’t suitable for all subjects. In fact, there are some situations where using a speed light or flash simply will not work, and food photography is one of those situations. The bottom line is speed lights and flashes are not suitable for food photography.
The best or most suitable photography lighting for food photography is a continuous LED light and some of the reasons for this are;
I used to really struggle with food photography until a photography buddy of mine down the local camera club suggested using a continuous LED light, and since then I haven’t looked back. The LED lighting panel revolutionized my food photography, and for the better.
There are many different continuous LED lights available and the price varies greatly. I have to admit that I bought a cheap and cheerful LED lighting panel in the first instance, and whilst it showed me just how much I needed an LED light panel for my food photography, the light itself was utter rubbish. The adjustable power feature didn’t work which meant the light was either off or on, it wasn’t very powerful, and it was made out of cheap and inferior materials. Needless to say my first LED panel light lasted around five minutes before I threw it in the bin. “Buy cheap, buy twice” and this was definitely the case with my first LED light panel.
I replaced my first LED light panel with the Yongnuo YN300 LED light panel, which is what I should have done in the first instance. The YN300 is tough and durable, it is powerful and bright and it is dimmable. The Yongnuo YN300 is a superb light for food photography, and one I highly recommend.
Below is a quick un-boxing of the Yongnuo YN300 LED light panel demonstrating just how good this light is;
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