I did a shoot at a restaurant recently, and they wanted us to take some food shots. Softboxes didn't work at all, so I just used 2 bare strobes, one as a backlight, and the other in front filling the shadows. Seems you can't have dark parts or deep shadows in food shots. It has to be bright, and a little overexposed to look fresh. Bare strobes contribute to the specular highlights, like in jewellery cabinets. I checked out the histogram on some food shots I really liked, and there was practically no detail at all in the darks. So I did the same.
Brendan O'Shea spent 20 years as a musician, spending most of his time in Canada, the USA and Japan working with some of the world's great musicians. When kids came along, it was suddenly time to grow up and get a "real" job. So it was off to Swinburne Uni followed by a career in design and photography. Music production still plays a major role in his professional and personal life. He also prefers to speak in the third person.