does anyone have any suggestions for taking good cake pics. I heard about light boxes but they go for $200+. Any help would be appreciated.
Try to use natural sunlight and get up close as well as the 'long shots' for total view. Or so the hubs says. Notice all the pix on my profile. LOL.
Ditto to the natural light. If I don't have enough natural light available I use a flash, but angle it so that it bounces off the ceiling first. (I have a dSLR with external flash unit). I also prefer shots where the background is blurred. This can be accomplished (if using a SLR) by setting your apperature to the lowest number your lens allows.
Some people also use those foam core science fair display boards or even fabric draped behind and underneath to get a uniform looking backdrop.
I have one of those science fair boards that I use for a backdrop. I drape a dark cloth over my ottoman and put the backdrop up, then set the cake on the ottoman (because I am short I can't take good cake photos on a counter and I don't have a kitchen table )
If you look in my pictures, you'll see what a big difference it can make having a dark background. Also, lots of my earlier pictures were taken with my cell phone camera because that's what I had. I bought a real camera not too long ago and it makes it a lot easier to get a nice picture.