Photographing food is a skill that needs to be learned… for most people it does not come naturally. With the resources available here, you will feed more comfortable behind the camera and start producing incredible shots for your food blog.
Photographing Food: Getting Started
Here’s the best suggestion that I can give anyone learning about photographing food: buy any one or all of the books listed below. Had someone just told me a year ago just how incredible these resources are, I would be much more developed with my blog and the daily job of building traffic.
- Buying any of these books is going to save you a ton of time, frustration and money. I spent an afternoon each reading these books and had more “ah-ha” moments than I can even recount. My photo sessions went from a cursing, hurried mess to a relaxed and enjoyable experience.
- These books are written in plain english with very little jargon. Not sure why ISO or F-Stops are important? These areas are explained with perfect simplicity. Even I can remember now!
- They are full “how-to” tips for photographing food, tricks and how to setup a shoot quickly and efficiently. What more can I say about it?
- You can tell with all of the books that the authors love food, love photography and really enjoy putting both worlds together. They are very enjoyable reads!
I own and have used all of these books extensively in my quest to increase my knowledge on photographing food. My suggestion to get started today is to download one of the e-books to start. I had to wait about 10 days for my Plate to Pixel book since it is out of print.
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The Food Photography Book If you haven’t stopped in over at Recipe Tin Eats, it is a blog that you’ll want to visit for sure. Nagi has truly built something incredible with massive traffic. This eBook is fantastic with exceptional step-by-step instructions from A-Z for everything food photography related. Really a terrific food blogging resource that you will keep on hand long after you turn the corner on your food photography.
Tasty Food Photography eBook The good people over at Pinch of Yum are so generous with their time and share so much of their knowledge that it is just incredible. As a food blogger getting underway, the very first thing that you should purchase is this eBook. I thought I knew what I was doing before buying this, but I was really just messing around it turns out. Lindsey explains things in a way that makes sense and is easy to apply to dramatically improve your food photography.
Plate to Pixel is a fantastic food photography book stuffed to the breaking point with ideas on how to plate, prop, setup and shoot in both artificial and natural light. It is very instructive and Helen Dujardin is such a talented artist that her pictures alone will lead you to inspiration with your own photographs. Plate to Pixel goes through all aspects you will need to know for photographing food. Although this book is a bit pricy, it is worth every penny if you are looking to become a full time food blogger who is looking to increase traffic.