Food Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots

Food Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots

by Nicole S. Young
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Food Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots by Nicole S. Young

Are you a “foodie” looking to take eye-catching photos of your culinary concoctions? 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 this book is for you!

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 shows 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. Beautifully illustrated with large, vibrant photos, this book offers the practical advice and expert shooting tips you need to get the food images you want every time you pick up your camera.

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

• Go “behind the scenes” and walk through the process of creating great food photographs with an entire chapter of start-to-finish examples

And once you’ve got the shot, show it off! Join the book’s Flickr group to share your photos, recipes, and tips at

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780321784117
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Publication date: 08/17/2011
Series: From Snapshots to Great Shots Series
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Nicole S. Young is a full-time photographer living in the Salt Lake Valley, Utah. She specializes in commercial photography and licenses many of her images through Nicole is an accredited Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) in Photoshop and is a Help Desk Specialist with the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. Nicole is the author of Canon 7D: From Snapshots to Great Shots and Canon 60D: From Snapshots to Great Shots, and she blogs at

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smilingturtle More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because I recently started a food blog and wanted to be able to take great pictures.  This book is very easy to read and she explains everything so simply. I would highly recommend it . I have not finished it yet but have been really happy with what I have read so far.  
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is well written, straight to the point and is great for beginners who are trying to sharpen their skills in food photography. The photos are really beautiful and the tips are helpful.
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Annie1998 More than 1 year ago
It's an awesome chicken calendar. Very pleased ... and shipping was fast.