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MORE Digital Food Photography 1st Edition

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1. Film to Digital Photography. 2. The Food. 3. Lighting. 4. Marketing/Branding/Selling yourself. 5. Resource guide.

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When I was first approached to write the book More Digital Food Photography I was a bit reluctant. I had never written a book before. After careful consideration I agreed to do it. From that moment on the clock was ticking. I had 7 months to distill a careers worth of knowledge into the book. 
What I arrived at in the central thesis for the book was simple, most photographers are intimidated by food as a subject. My goal was to convey that even with digital tools we have today you still need to learn the fundamentals of photography in general. Taking bad images that are poorly lit and composed is easy. Many photographers today want to take the short cut and use image editing software to fill the gap. My main focus was to cast a wide net. 
For writers bloggers and people who just want to take food photos for fun I wanted to give simple, clear and inexpensive solutions for doing that. 
For people who want to takt it a step further I discuss advanced lighting and technique. 
The result is a book for just about anyone that wants to approach food photography but were intimidated, anyone who wants to take their work to the next level. 
In short it's a book I would have loved to have had my hands on when I was starting out. 
I am proud of this book and I truly hope it helps people take better food images. 
I hope you enjoy it and please feel free to give me honest critique. 
Bill
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (May 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435454189
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435454187
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.7 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,272,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Debbi Smirnoff on June 11, 2012
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This book holds nothing back! Color balance with ambient and strobe, use of gobos, grip equipment, setups and strobe light positioning, ambient light, Styling, shooting glass, pours, even the business of food photography!
Thank you Bill for putting so much info in this book!
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This is only the second book I've read on food photography but I've also paged through a couple others and listened to countless podcasts with many food photographers. I thought this book was more powerful and informative than the other books or podcasts I read and listened to. The food styling chapter is written by an actual food stylist and the rest is written by Brady, who has many many years experience. You feel extremely lucky to be shooting digital when he compares what it was like to have to shoot food on film. He is the first food photographer I know of who prefers artificial lighting, but looking at his examples he's clearly a master of it. He has nothing against natural lighting and clearly embraces its all the time since he does a lot of shooting in his space with 53 windows with light constantly pouring in. He also does a good job of showing how to mix natural and artificial. I didn't do any of the exercises but they were all very creative and seemed like worthwhile pursuits. He talks about the business of food photography and how to get started and develop your own business. He even goes so far to discuss how important confidence can be when you're on the job. Showing a lack of confidence in no matter what the situation is can make you look really unprofessional. Unlike a reviewer below, I didn't find any of the book to be a waste of time. Anything that was repetitive was repetitive for a good reason. Towards the end he shows off some of his more artsy food projects that he did just for fun and not for any monetary reward. If you are like me and are interested in food photography and don't want to go to a culinary school or take any food photography classes I highly recommend this book.Read more ›
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When it comes to photography, I'm a novice. I turn my camera on, flash and all, center my subject and hit click. I have a food blog, and what would it be without food porn? I knew I had to do something to make my photography better, so I read More Digital Food Photography by Bill Brady. I love the conversational tone of this book. I feel like I'm chatting with the author instead of reading a book. I think the book would appeal to a professional photographer just as much as it does to a novice. He does a particularly great job explaining f-stops. The way he talks about lighting and composition and shows his own photos as examples made me "get it" as I was reading the book. There's also information on advanced lighting and composition techniques and how to run a food photography business for the professional. I highly recommend Bill's book, and I also look forward to taking food photos sans flash.
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By Jackomo on August 29, 2013
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The cover should have been enough indication that I won't like the book, it's one of the least appetizing food photos I've seen in a while. Paging through the book, I was amused to find that I liked those examples that supposedly had flaws better than the "correct" ones. Maybe something went wrong in printing, maybe my taste is different than the author's. In the end, that's what it comes down to with art anyway.

I always start reading the introduction, in this case written by the author, and I was very quickly turned off. Bragging about all the magazine covers and articles and hey, even something on NY Timesquare adboards is just that, bragging. Find an other person to write the intro then, this way it just sounds self important and self inflated to me. An instant turn off. Be as great as you want to be, but please, be a bit modest.

I spent a good hour with this book, there really are very few photos that are attractive to me, so I'd suggest to look at it in a store first, before buying. Unless you love the cover photo. Everything seems pale and unsaturated to me, grey meat, a boring roast chicken. Maybe it is a problem in printing, entirely possible, maybe it's the author's taste. I must say so, I subscribe to the majority of food magazines published in the US, and their photos look nothing like the examples here.

There is also no good info on how to set up a table and lights or work with natural light. Food styling is touched a tiny bit, kind of in the not enough info but I'd like to have more area.

I own most of the food photography books published in the recent years, they all have their flaws and upsides, but at least their images speak to me. Of course, entirely subjective, you might love the images here, and that's totally fine.
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