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Whether you're taking shots for a foodie blog, advertisements, packaging, menus, or cookbooks, 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 to the fundamentals of food styling provides information on the tools and techniques used by some of the most successful industry ...
Whether you're taking shots for a foodie blog, advertisements, packaging, menus, or cookbooks, 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 to the fundamentals of food styling provides information on the tools and techniques used by some of the most successful industry professionals.
Food Styling & Photography For Dummies provides you with the fundamentals of food styling and gives you the inside scoop on the tools and techniques used by some of the most successful industry professionals.
Whether you're an amateur or professional food photographer, Food Styling & Photography For Dummies is a fun and informative guide to photographing and arranging culinary subject matter.
Part I: Introducing Food Styling and Photography 7
Chapter 1: Exploring Food Photography 9
Chapter 2: Photography Know-How and Equipment 25
Chapter 3: Your Stylist Toolkit 41
Chapter 4: Dealing with Employers, Personnel, and Sets 67
Part II: It's All in the Presentation (Styling) 85
Chapter 5: Preparing for an Off-Site Photo Shoot 87
Chapter 6: Getting the Yummy to Translate on Film 99
Chapter 7: The Ice Cream Is Melting! Problem Solving for Tricky Foods 123
Part III: Shooting the Food: Techniques with the Camera 141
Chapter 8: Composition Basics 143
Chapter 9: Lighting, Lighting, Lighting 161
Chapter 10: Working with Tilts and Angles 181
Chapter 11: Exploring Focus 195
Part IV: And for Dessert: Managing Your Photos and More 211
Chapter 12: Post-Processing 213
Chapter 13: Editing and Saving Your Photos 225
Chapter 14: Making Your Photos Available in Print and Online 239
Chapter 15: Starting Your Food Styling and Photography Business 253
Part V: The Part of Tens 269
Chapter 16: Ten Tips for Growing Your Business 271
Chapter 17: Ten Indispensable Items for a Food Shoot 281
Chapter 18: Ten Awesome Garnishes for Food Images 289
Posted May 3, 2012
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.