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  • Posted May 3, 2012

    Very helpful!

    If you have ever submitted your own food photos to one of the well-known food blogs out there, then you have probably also been rejected by one of the well-known food blogs out there. There are numerous theories as to what these food blogs’ judging critieria really are and they don’t really offer much help to get food photos featured on a blog, a magazine, a menu, or sold on a stock photography site. But what will help is the book, Food Styling and Photography For Dummies. Short chapters cut to the chase, including carefully and clearly describing the tools and equipment you will need, how to deal with food that melts or falls apart in mere moments, as well as how to position, light, focus, edit, and offer your photos to others.

    Food Styling and Photography For Dummies never gets lost in technical details, keeping its eyes on the prize, as in the chapter, “Getting the Yummy to Translate on Film.” And of course, the final part of any Dummies’ book, “The Part of Tens,” is a delight. The book’s practical, real-world, and budget-conscious emphasis can be seen in the final chapter, “Ten Awesome Garnishes for Food Images,” which includes ideas like Basil Leaves, Bits of the Subject (e.g., a stray grape), Fresh Berries, Grains of Salt, and Microgreens — the list of which can literally be seen in every food photo in “Martha Stewart Living” I’ve ever seen. About the only negative of the book is the photos are so delicious that you’ll get hungry just flipping through the book! A very helpful and delicious book.

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