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Food Styling and Photography For Dummies Paperback – March 27, 2012
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Discover how to style and shoot delicious food photos
Whether you're an amateur taking shots for a food blog or a professional who captures culinary creations, Food Styling & Photography For Dummies shows you how to take the next step in your passion for food and photography. This attractive, informative, and fun guide gives you the inside scoop on the tools and tricks to style and create scrumptious photos.
Before you say cheese find out how to make food look appetizing and interesting for the camera, from selecting dishes and linens to adding garnishes and accents
Get technical discover all the photography equipment and know-how needed to take mouth-watering photos
It's a piece of cake explore image composition and camera angles to use for capturing cool stuff like drips and textures
And for dessert get the scoop on what to do after you put the camera down, including saving, backing up, and editing your photos
Open the book and find:
Food styling tips and tricks
How to set up your lighting to achieve the perfect look
Tools and techniques specific to food photography
How to get started in the food styling and photography business
Info on editing and archiving photos
Postproduction tools and processes
Advice on creating an online and traditional print portfolio
Make food look attractive and camera-ready
Use lighting and composition to get the best shot
Choose the right equipment
Get your food photography business off the ground
IN FULL COLOR!
About the Author
Alison Parks-Whitfield is a successful technical writer and food photographer in the San Francisco Bay area. Her tasty images have been published in books, magazines, newspapers, and on packaging, as well as in many online venues.
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Food Styling and Photography For Dummies (For Dummies (Sports & Hobbies))
Since I am new to food photography, I think this book will make a good foundation for building more specialized knowledge on. It probably doesn't contain a lot of insider secrets, but it's a good place to start. The pictures are not awe-inspiring but nice. It broadly covers relevant areas including "which camera and best lens to have" to "how to sell your pictures". I am glad I bought it, but will be looking for some more inspiring stuff in this field soon.
Food Styling and Photography For Dummies covers everything I need! Each chapter is written with clear details, but is not overwhelming. The techniques seemed instantly accessible, which inspired me to set aside my fears and get started. The chapter on lighting was particularly helpful to me, but I learned much more. The info is basic enough for the novice, but detailed enough to make me feel comfortable with the task.
The food styling techniques are interesting and eye opening. I never realized so much of the food in photographs was not really food at all. Ice cream can be made from mashed potatoes and shortening. Beef can be polished with shoe polish to add color and sheen. Pancake syrup might actually be motor oil! The reason for most of the substitutions is simply because photography can be time consuming, allowing food to dry out or melt under lights and with time.
My only complaint is that for a book on food photography, I have to say that I was disappointed in many of the example photographs. Some were very nice, but the others seemed old-school, dark and flat, and not what I would find in better food blogs. Overall, the photographs were fair examples of the techniques described so I can't complain too much.
After reading this book, and putting the info to use, I have produced several photos that I've felt were good enough to put on my blog. I'm off to a great start, and am looking forward to diving into the more advanced books on food photography that I own.
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