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Food Styling for Photographers: A Guide to Creating Your Own Appetizing Art Paperback – April 9, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0240810065 ISBN-10: 0240810066 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (April 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240810066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240810065
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

"You eat with your eyes first,” and no one turns a photograph of food into a culinary masterpiece like a food stylist. Food Styling for Photographers is the next best thing to having renowned food stylist Linda Bellingham by your side. Linda has worked with clients Baskin Robbins Ice Cream, McDonald's, Tyson Foods, FritoLay, and many, many more. Professional photographer Jean Ann Bybee has worked with Harry & David, Dominos, Sara Lee, Seven-Up Company, and more. Jean Ann provides a seasoned photographer's point of view with helpful tips throughout.

If you are hungry for unique photo assignments and want to expand your portfolio, this guide provides the well-kept secrets of food styling techniques that can make your photos good enough to eat. Tips include:

* Supply lists
* Step-by-step photo illustrations
* Discussions about the rationale for using real versus fake foods
* Settings and props
* Handling and care of the hero before it goes on set
* On-set techniques for preserving the hero
* Lighting discussions of the hero shots

Each chapter covers step-by-step instructions with mouth-watering photographs illustrating techniques for the creation of hero products that photographers at any level can whip up.

Bon Appétit!

Food stylist Linda Bellingham's flair for all things artistic and her passion for the culinary arts help her transform food for photography in clever and tantalizing ways. Linda has an extensive list of clients and her work has been featured in print and television advertising as well as food packaging. Linda resides in Oregon where she styles for select clients, conducts seminars on food styling, and is working on another book. She can be found at her website www.foodstyling.us.

Photographer Jean Ann Bybee has been creating gorgeous images for more than 20 years. As a Dallas-based commercial photographer, she has shot all over the world-everything from high fashion for Neiman Marcus to Mexican wrestlers to cheesecakes-making every shot a masterpiece in its own way. In this book, she shows us why her approach of shooting every inanimate object like it is "a beautiful woman” is especially wonderful when the subject matter is food.

About the Author

Food stylist Linda Bellingham's flair for all things artistic and her passion for the culinary arts help her transform food for photography in clever and tantalizing ways. Linda has an extensive list of clients and her work has been featured in print and television advertising as well as food packaging. Linda resides in Oregon where she styles for select clients, conducts seminars on food styling, and is working on another book. She can be found at her website www.foodstyling.us.
Photographer Jean Ann Bybee has been creating gorgeous images for more than 20 years. As a Dallas-based commercial photographer she has shot all over the world, everything from fashion for Neiman Marcus to Mexican wrestlers for Miller Lite, making every image a masterpiece in it's own way. In this book, she shows us why her approach of shooting an inanimate object like its a "beautiful woman” is wonderful when the subject is food. Her expertise in mixing natural light and strobe is amazing. She can be reached at www.bybeephoto.com.

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Customer Reviews

This was a very easy read.
Trudy Williams
It has a lot of photos explaining the steps and also contains pictures of how the illumination was set up.
N. Rodriguez
Finally, there is a Food Styling book for Photographers.
Sabrina Huang

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Sabrina Huang on May 19, 2008
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Finally, there is a Food Styling book for Photographers. I took 2 food styling classes in LA before - the purpose was to understand how food was prepared for the camera and also to see how food photographers setup their lights. I love food photography and read many popular food blogs with their work. So when I know this Food Styling for Photographers came out, I can't wait to order a copy and I was very happy after flipping through the book.

This book gives you many tricks of the trade and notes from photographers with lots of setup photos, both food setup and camera/lighting setup. The printing quality and the page layout are very good - the font size is easy to read, the color pictures are clear, clean and colorful. They gives you details on how to buy the food, how to prepare the food, how to assemble the food, how to plate the food, how to decorate the food, etc. They gives you before, during and final photos.

I also own Digital Food Photography by Lou Manna and Working with Plate by Christopher Styler and David Lazarus. In my opinion, if you are interested in food photography, buy Food Styling for Photographyers and Digital Food Photography and you are good to go. Highly recommend these two books.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Oscar De Leon on May 14, 2008
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This book is an excellent way to get started in food photography. It has chapters dedicated to meats, drinks, ice cream, garnishings, and more.

Each with a shopping list of what was used for the featured photo (or photos) for that particular chapter and tips for shopping for food photography in general which I found very interesting.

It does leave out something which would be nice to have, such as how to prepare beer for photograpy but, they mention this would require a full book dedicated to it which I think is fair, I wouldn't expect someone to write a book on every item of food out there.

Bottom line: A very buy. Well worth the price.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By JolieYesi on May 1, 2008
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My status as a photographer is almost professional, since for the moment i work part-time however I LOVE food photography wich is why I decided to buy this book. I just got it 2 days ago and for what I've read its a must have book. (Also very much recomended: Digital Food Photography by Lou Manna) Just to give u an idea. These r the chapter titles: 1)Intro to Food Styling. This includes simple game rules, shopping tips, planing ahead, list of supplies often used and a how to versions on how to assemble your own food styling kit. 2)Sets and Settings. This includes tips for choosing sets and surfaces for food photography, table setting tips, working fabriks on set, and tips on how to make your image POP. 3)Chilling fact on cold beverages. This includes beverage choises, frosted glass techniques, making a frozen margarita, making and placing bubbles, and more. 4)Making a Salad for the camera. This includes salad ingredient selection shopping and handling tecniques, supporting techniques, fruit salads, how to dress a salad for photography, and more.5) Pasta and Sauces. This includes perfect pasta for camera, sauces and vegetables for camera, building your pasta food additions to pasta...6) Burgers, Sandwiches, and BEYOOOOOOND. This includes prepping tips for burgers sandwiches and patties, shopping tips building tips, on the set tips, bulding a half or cut sandwich for photography.7) Meeting meat..8)veggie perfect 9) ice cream for hot light (very interesting) 10) Desserts. 11) Breakfast for the camera 12) Garnishing basics. Like i said this is to give u an idea of what u will be purchasing. Happy buying and break leg!!
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Syl Arena on July 15, 2008
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From the original review on [...]: This recently published book is a fine how-to primer on preparing food for the camera. Bellingham is an Oregon-based stylist. Bybee is a Dallas-based commercial photographer. The detailed content runs the gamut: cold beverages, salads, pasta and sauces, burgers and sandwiches, grilled and roasted meat, vegetables, ice cream, desserts, breakfast and garnishing. My only complaint is not about the information on styling - which is comprehensive and easy to follow. Rather, as a food photographer, I am naturally interested in the sets and photo techniques used to create the hero shots. While there are a number of set shots and brief descriptions of how the shots were created, their small size and limited number suggests that they were an afterthought. Again and again, I wished that Bybee's comments on her vision and process had been greatly expanded into the ample amounts of adjacent white space. Clearly, the book was written primarily for food stylists. A more appropriate title would have been Food Styling For Photography. Nevertheless, Food Styling For Photographers is an important read for both students of food photography and styling.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Ashworth on January 2, 2009
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Throughout the book there are blocks titled,"Tricks of the Trade."
The whole book is about tricks of the trade. You won't need another book on the subject unless there is a sequel.
Easy read; Clear instructions; Excellent book; buy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trudy Williams on October 12, 2008
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This was a very easy read. The examples and images provided were very clear and useful for a novice food stylist. Now I analyse food photography in magazines/books and easily spot the obvious styling constructs - both good and bad. I haven't applied the tips yet but am confident that the info provided will be very useful. I am not a photographer and so can't comment on the value of lighting tips, but I can see that if food styling is not the photographer's main art, then this book will be useful.
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