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Food Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots Paperback – August 13, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0321784117 ISBN-10: 0321784111 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: From Snapshots to Great Shots
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (August 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321784111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321784117
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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  • "I would recommend anyone who wants a more thorough insight into food photography to read Young's book from cover to cover." -candidsbyJo.com
  • "If you are into food, photography, or the combination of both, you cannot go wrong with this masterfully crafted publication." -Blake Rudis, everydayHDR.com 
  • "If you are at all interested in food photography this one is a must own." -Kirk Tuck, visualsciencelab.blogspot.com

More About the Author

Nicole is a full-time photographer and author currently living in Sunnyvale, California. She specializes in food and landscape photography and licenses her images through iStockphoto and Getty Images. Nicole is an accredited Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) in Photoshop and is the author of several books published by Peachpit Press and Craft&Vision.

Nicole's Blog: http://nicolesy.com
Nicoley Store: http://store.nicolesy.com

Google+: http://google.com/+nicolesy
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This book is well written and easy to follow.
christopher
There are plenty of good examples of different settings as well as good explanations about what to use, when to use it, and where your focus might be.
mauigir1
Food Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots is a book that I devoured.
RJ

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Papsi on April 4, 2012
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I have read some of the reviews of this book and some say this is a great book and others say it's for beginners and too basic.
Well, I am a professional photographer also and I got a lot out of this book. What I got most out of this book was the ideas of styling and propping. I also got something out of looking at the lighting setups and ideas. I just skipped the basic stuff.
The areas that are basic, gets pretty technical very fast, so I would say this is for advanced photographers also that want to get into food photography.
If you know nothing about photography other than how to hit the shutter button, this book will be over your head. It covers so much of the technical aspect of photography in such a rapid pace that a beginner will find it too difficult. That being said, a beginner can still get a lot out of the styling and propping and still get some great images using a point and shoot camera.
I really recommend this book to anyone that seriously want to make some great food photos.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Brian Matiash on August 28, 2011
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Food photography is all about presenting an image that allows the viewer to instantly eat with their eyes. It attacks their senses and triggers hunger, lip smacking, and everything else that comes along with a perfectly presented culinary dish.

But it isn't as simple as slapping together some food onto a plate and hitting the shutter button. Nicole Young understands this and shares her knowledge as a photographer and a lover of beautiful (& tasty!) food to give you all of the tools needed to create your own visual masterpieces.

As a photographer myself, I can always go to a cookbook to look up recipes for making a dish. I'm not looking for recipes in my Food Photography books. Rather, what I'm looking for is a resource filled with best practices on how to optimally plate, light and process my dished images. Nicole succeeds in these arenas beautifully. Her images include wonderfully clear lighting diagrams that help visualize how to position your off-camera lights and what the intended outcome should look like. She goes into the benefits of using natural light, along with coupling it using flashes.

She also spends a great deal of time on the post-processing side of the image. It's not just about getting the best result straight out of camera, but rather it's a combination of that and applying effective and clean processing that leads to a winning image. Nicole shares her tips in this arena, as well.

So to sum it up, Nicole succeeds with this book where other so-called Food Photography books fail. Nicole is a photographer herself and it clearly shows with this book. Don't hesitate about purchasing this book - rest assured that you'll come away with some truly valuable tips on how to create your own amazing food photography.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Hicks on November 28, 2012
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Absolutely Outstanding!

I own over 12 different photography books and I took a photography class in college and I have been a hobbyist for many years in photography. After you read your first few dozen books on photography and spend a few years making pictures, you then begin to take your hobby seriously enough to find the books that offer you more than the basic info. However, there are not a lot of these books are the market compared to the all the basic info books. This book, is one of the best, if not the best, book on photography that I now own. Why?

Photography is about making images, not taking images, but not every category of photography demonstrates this as well as others. However, food photography is what will take an entry level photographer and make them a veteran photographer faster than any other kind of photography. Think about it. Everyone says that food photography is one of the hardest kinds of photography. So, if you buy a great book on the hard subject and then do the examples in it, will it not make you a much better photographer than something that is not so difficult? Of course it will. Making images is about control. You are the one that has to set everything up, prepare everything, set up the lighting, choose the right subject, colors, and backgrounds, and then of course capture the image and then edit it. But the key part of all this is controlling the image from the beginning. This books teaches you just how to start learning to do that completely, and that, is the beginning of creating masterful images, no matter what the subject is.

This book will help you make all of your images better, not just food photography images. This book will teach you how to elevate all of your photography by teaching you the methods of controlling an image.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kirk Tuck on October 24, 2012
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The first third of the book is for beginners but don't let that sway you. The second two thirds is gold for anyone who wants to learn the mechanics and aesthetics of shooting food in the modern idiom. I liked the writing and the clear and helpful illustrations. I have two cookbooks to my credit as a photographer and just shot a two day food assignment for a Hilton Hotel property. I wish I'd read NIcole's book before hand because I learned at least five new things that would have been helpful. This book is very, very well done. I have both the electronic and the paper copy but I will say I like the paper back better.
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