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Food Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots Book Review

Photo from: Amazon

As a food blogger, it is very important to know how to take a good food photograph.

I remember when I first started this blog… my photography skills were terrible and I still couldn’t figure out why I didn’t have any followers.  Knowing the ins and outs of food photography is that important: the difference between having followers and not having followers.   Once I figured this out, I signed up for a photography class and saved up to by a nice camera, and it was so worth it.

Two years later and I’m still learning new things every day about photography.  When I received the book Food Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots, I was extremely excited.  There are so many things about food photography that you don’t even think about; it’s different from any other kind of photography because you have to make someone want to eat what you’re shooting and style the food correctly.  There’s so much behind it and Nicole Young, the author of the book, captures every single aspect of it perfectly.  You’ll learn so much by reading it, whether you’re a beginner or an expert.  For only 15 dollars, you can learn everything you need to know about food photography.  It’s highly recommended by me. 

You know that moment when your food arrives at the table, and it looks
so good you want to take a picture of it? Or do you have a food blog
that you’d like to enhance with better visuals? Do you want to create
photos that conjure up the flavors of your favorite foods but lack the
photographic technique to make it happen? Then you want to read this
book.
In Food Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots, photographer
Nicole Young dishes up the basics on getting the right camera equipment
– lights, lenses, reflectors, etc. – and takes you through the key
photographic principles of aperture, ISO, and shutter speed. She then
discusses lighting and composition and shoes how to style food using
props, fabrics, and tabletops. Finally, she explains how to improve your
photos through sharpening, color enhancement, and other editing
techniques. 
Follow along with your friendly and knowledgeable guide, photographer
and author Nicole S. Young, and you will:
.    Use your camera’s settings to gain full control over the look and
 feel of your images
.    Master the photographic basics of composition, focus, depth of
field, and much more
.    Learn to enhance your food photographs using professional food
styling techniques
.    Get tips on different types of lighting, including strobes,
flashes, and natural light
.    Improve the look of your photos using Adobe Photoshop
And once you’ve got the shot, show it off! Join the book’s Flickr
group to share your photos, recipes, and food photography tips at
flickr.com/groups/foodphotographyfromsnapshotstogreatshots.
(From: Newman Communications)

Just to let you know how terrible my food photography used to be, here’s a few pictures from “before”:

Peach Bread Pudding

Sunday Morning Sticky Buns

Pumpkin Muffins

Okay, that’s enough.  I think you guys get the point… embarrassing!  If I can improve, anyone can. 🙂

Where did you learn your food photography tips?

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