Digital Food Photography

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Packed with enticing and creative full-color photographs, this book focuses on the art of food photography and how the digital photography revolution has changed and enhanced it. Broken down into the areas of photography, styling, science, and business, this visual guide compiles all of these aspects of food photography into a valuable reference. Readers will learn techniques that combine the art of lighting and styling for still-life photography with the business sense of commercial photography. It also provides tips for aspiring food photographers on how to get started and succeed. Whether readers are professional photographers who want to learn the advantages of digital photography in the field, or amateur photographers who want to experiment in their own small-scale studios, this unique book will prove useful to anyone interested in this realm of photography.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592008209
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 8/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 942,837
  • Product dimensions: 9.22 (w) x 7.52 (h) x 4.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Lou Manna is an award-winning Olympus visionary photographer whose work has appeared in national ad campaigns, major magazines, and more than 30 cookbooks. After shooting for the New York Times from 1975 to 1990, he went on to establish his own Fifth Avenue studio, where he works with corporate, advertising, and restaurant clients to create photos that can only be described as "exquisite." Lou is the author of DIGITAL FOOD PHOTGRAPHY, the only book on the art of food photography devoted exclusively to digital technology. Craig Clairborne, restaurant critic and food writer for the New York Times, said, "The important thing about being a real photographer is not only having a great lens, but having a feeling of warmth, collaborating, and bringing out the best of a subject. It requires a sense of style and a feeling of creative arrangement--Lou is marvelous at this."
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Key Ingredient: Pixels 2. Digital Photography: The Necessities 3. Who''s Digesting It: Advertising, Packaging, Public Relations, and the Media 4. Who''s Doing the Cooking: Working with Food Stylists 5. Prop Styling: Who''s Doing the Shopping? 6. Grabbing Your Attention: Composition 7. The Recipe for Light 8. The Digital Spice: Retouching 9. Get Cooking and Make Some Money: Getting into the Business
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2006

    Finally a new!...excellent food photography book!

    When I first read on a photography forum about this book being published I knew I'd be buying it soon. 100% glad that I did. Lou put together a book that covers all the bases. I was particularly impressed with the effort put into the lighting chapter. Very well done. Lots of great photos to illustrate concepts throughout the book. He has even taken his teaching a step further by offering one on one sessions at his studio. A rare opportunity to learn from an established commercial photographer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2006

    You HAVE to Have This Book

    This book is a must-have if you're a food photographer, or planning to be. Lou Manna is the best food photographer around, period. And if you don't know as much about digital photography as you'd like, this book is a great start. Lou Manna explains digital so clearly that even I can understand it. And he's one of the nicest photographers in the business. He's willing to share his vast knowledge so you can succeed, too. Even if you're not into food photography, please look at this book. Lou Manna explains photographic principles and digital photography like nobody else. I only got his book two days ago, and I feel like a bell has rung in my head. (I wanted it for my birthday from my boyfriend, and I rated it 'so important I will die without it.') 'Aha! I get it now!' That's how you'll feel after reading anything he writes. Clearly a master of both photography and writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2006

    This is the only food photography book you will ever need

    I have been working with a fantastic commerical photographer in boston for the past year and a half who shoots food regularly. I have since decided to pursue food photography as a career. I've been looking for a 'text book' to help me pull together everything i've learned...finally, I've found it. Manna's book is like going to food photography school. Reading every chapter made me relive my entire experience working on set: dealing with art directors, clients and food stylists....understanding complex lighting situations, camera angles, stand-ins...understanding the importance of post-production and how to digitally get the results needed. Shooting food is one of the most difficult work experiences for a photographer, and manna has broken it down so even the novice can become successful. Kudos to him for explaining the process in such a concise and clear cut manner. For those who have never had hands-on experience, make not mistake...he brings you through the entire'll be in the trenches the entire way. If I could give more stars, I would.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2005

    This book is GREAT!!

    I'm a complete novice when it comes to digital photography and I have a passion for food photography. This book was one of the most informative and enjoyable books I have read! The photographs are breath taking. I would suggest this book for the novice or the pro.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2005


    I absolutely LOVE Lou Manna's book! I have discovered recently that I have a passion for food photography, and Mr. Manna's book has been extremely helpful in lighting and equipment. Not to mention the photographs are incredible. I highly recommend this book!

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