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Food Photography: A Beginner’s Guide to Creating Appetizing Images Paperback – July 22, 2016
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From the Publisher
Inspire your viewers!
Your photos should get people thinking up stories to fit the depicted scene.
Choosing a Background
A background should always enhance a photo, not dominate it. Make sure your background doesn’t compete with the subject for the viewer’s attention.
Setting the Stage
The days of immaculately styled, technically perfect food photos are over. Authenticity, plausibility, and reality are on trend. We want photos that are irresistible and real.
Where Props are Deserved
In a food photo, you can use props to help enhance the image. All you have to do is stick to your chosen theme and tell a compelling story—there are no limits to where your imagination can take you.
About the Author
In 2011, Corinna Gissemann entered the world of stock photography, specializing in food and still life photography. Her pictures have been published in numerous magazines and books, and they have been sold internationally to multiple picture agencies. More about Corrinna and her work can be found at corinnagissemann.de.
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I've only just realized the joy I get from creating, photographing and eating my food (I thought I liked landscape photography) and I felt I was the exact target reader for this book. After reading this book I look at recipes and pictures of food in a whole different way.
If you think you have an interest in food photography then this is a great book to start with.
I have several food photography books and this one stays in the studio area. The first part is the basics of using a dslr. I flipped through that relatively quickly as I am proficient with that, but I did notice she does it in a way where its easy to follow. The rest of the book I was glued to. She covers a lot of detail and has a lot of photos of different things she tries before she gets that perfect shot. One chapter is a walk through of each step of several foods she did. I love the fact that she shows how she tried this, did the photo, didn't like it, so tried something different. It shows that even the awesome pro's don't get it right the very first shot. There are tons of tips and tricks at how to get that food looking perfect.
With her new book on how to shoot food photography, Corinna Gissemann breaks it down to us in an extensive yet complete guide of all aspects involving food photography and gives us a clear step by step guide on how to achieve the quality we encounter in magazines, blogs and social media websites.
This progressive guide will give you a strong foundation to get your photography started but be ware! This book is not a quick easy read as the amount of information is extensive (232 pages) and very technical. This can be confusing if you're a complete novice, so don't get frustrated, just take your time and let things sit in the back of your head.
Each chapter has the cooperation of the photographed examples and diagrams— they illustrate better what the author is referring to which makes it easier since the basic concepts of photography are quite hard to understand at first.
As you keep on reading, the book takes you to more complex techniques like lighting, design, composition and styling. And then it starts challenging your creativity. I'm glad Corinna wrote a chapter on editing as this is essential for ALL food photography.
The press release from the book's publisher states:
“Instagrammers, bloggers, and aspiring food photographers–this new book will teach you all the tips and tricks you need to create mouthwatering food photos every time!
Anyone who has been inspired to take a picture of a great-looking meal knows that creating a successful food photograph is not easy. Though the food may look amazing, the resulting image can often end up mediocre and unappealing. Whether you want to create great food images for your blog or break into the world of commercial food photography, Food Photography is the perfect place to start your journey.
Corinna Gissemann, a professional food photographer, walks you through everything you need to know, starting with a primer on equipment and exposure, followed by a detailed explanation of the extremely important roles that light, composition, and styling play in food photography. In these chapters, you’ll learn all about hard vs. soft light, how to use reflectors and flash, how to frame your image so that your subject matter truly pops, the food styling techniques that will have your viewers getting hungry, and much more! Additionally, entire chapters are devoted to editing and managing your images in Lightroom, the props you need to have in order to create great food photos, and all the tips and tricks that will save you time and help make getting “the shot” that much easier.”
I, as a professional food photographer and tutor am happy to see quality content like this being published. There's nothing more upsetting than poor food photography and Corinna has created a powerful tool for anyone wanting to take a big step forward on their photography. I'll be keeping this book and referring to it constantly as a reminder of the basics that sometimes get forgotten.