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Digital Food Photography 1st Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
I was hoping to get some detailed information on lighting techniques, specifically for food. The additional sections on food and prop styling were handy extras.
What I did get was a nice easy read, and some useful tidbits of information that I can use. Some of the sections on Photoshop were useful (and would be more-so for serious amateurs and up).
What I wasn't expecting and was very disappointed with, were the large chunks of the text dealing with the relationship between ISO, aperture, and shutter. Come-on! This should be a book about digital food photography. Anyone who doesn't know about the basic photographic relationships should be reading a book on basic photography. There were other parts of the book that likewise contained very basic general knowledge I would not expect in a specific book.
Additionally, much spaced was used as almost a portfolio for Lou Manna rather than providing useful information. He does have some beautiful work, but that is not what I was paying for.
All in all, I was disappointed with this book, although it was not a total waste, especially if you were just wanting to get into professional photography.
Manna's book is like going to food photography school. Reading every chapter made me relive my entire experience working on set: dealing with art directors, clients and food stylists....understanding complex lighting situations, camera angles, stand-ins...understanding the importance of post-production and how to digitally get the results needed.
Shooting food is one of the most difficult work experiences for a photographer, and manna has broken it down so even the novice can become successful. Kudos to him for explaining the process in such a concise and clear cut manner.
For those who have never had hands-on experience, make not mistake...he brings you through the entire process....you'll be in the trenches the entire way.
If I could give more stars, I would.
If there is a literature equivalent to the cinema's Raspberry Award and karma is indeed a fact of life, I am certain Manna's book will achieve that honor.
This is the most comprehensive digital food photography book available today. I have looked high and low, and this one book covers more material, in an accessible format for any level of photographer, in a style that is warm and generous of information.
But most importantly, here is what I specifically liked best -- information that is not just hanging around out there:
- Lou reveals many tips and tricks about "food magic" and styling, the oh so important starting point for any food shot.
- He also discusses the importance of the teamwork between prop stylist, food stylist, photographer and client -- they all make the shot.
- He gives an informative overview of the industries that support food photography, from print to packaging to advertising uses.
- His explanation of digital photography equipment, and digital workflow are VERY appropriate to anyone who wants a thorough understanding of the minimum information you'll need to get great results. I am a knowledgable photographer, but I appreciated that he did not take for granted that everyone works in the same manner, and sharing what works for him answered my question, "how'd he do that?"
- MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE part of the book is his section on COMPOSITION -- this alone makes the book worth it's salt. He gives many examples of a play-by-play sequence of shots that lead him to the final image.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lou is the Master of Food Photography. His book is the bible for learning everything related to capturing the best shot.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I would recommend this for those just wanting to dabble in food photography. There are some useful tips for lighting and styling food for photographing that are use in the... Read morePublished on April 16, 2014 by Nipith
Loved Lou's work the second I landed on the home page... my husband could not take his eyes off the photos! Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by Marketing Holistics
I learned how to do digital food photography from this book. It taught me all the fundamentals. I still use it as a reference sometimes. Read morePublished on March 18, 2013 by Wicked Goodies
Lou Manna's DIGITAL FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY takes the beginner step-by-step through the intricate process of obtaining stunning shots of food. Read morePublished on August 4, 2012 by Nash Black
This book seems to get overall good scoring, so i'll be somewhat contrarian here, and mark it down, simply because it should specify if the book is for amateurs or... Read morePublished on June 12, 2011 by L. Jean
I wish this book stuck to food photography specifically and went into a bit more detail in some areas. Read morePublished on March 7, 2011 by David
I appreciated Lou Manna's strait foward style with clear description of problems & resolutions. If you familiar with your DSLR and how vexing it can be to go from good to great,... Read morePublished on March 5, 2011 by Kieran P. Doyle