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Digital Food Photography
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 techniq ...more
Paperback, 298 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Course Technology
(first published January 8th 2005)
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This book was pretty solid, but the author seems to focus more on really beginner photography concepts, and he goes into a bit of detail into how he personally sets up shots, but I didn't find it to be very informative for people who already know about photography and would like the skills to take better photos of food. I was hoping for more information about proper lighting techniques, etc, which he only covers very briefly.
This book would be a helpful checklist for professional photographers considering expanding their business to include food photography. For a photography neophyte like myself, the book was not useful. I only learned two things: one, don't use the camera flash because it flattens food out, use an external flash instead (??); two, use mirrors, aluminum foil to create lights and shadows (again ??). The book is full of summary statements, not how-to details.
Sep 05, 2009 Cade rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Amature Photographers, food photographers
A great book on the photography of food, it was interesting to read about how food is made to look so good in advertisments. Beyond just the food photography, I found the book interesting in how it explained ways to best take photos, tips on photography, and giving a different perspective on shooting photographs.
The photos in the book are wonderful.
Not a "good" read...quite technical in some areas and too broad in others. Not being a techinical person, I was hoping for more direction on lighting (although he does give good "to buy" recommendations), and styling--best backgrounds, colors, etc. Overall, a useful tool that I will probably reference once I have more free time to get more technical.
A good first book on the subject. I prefer to shoot "real" food and not items that "look like" real food, so some of the sections were not applicable to what I was interested in. However, there are a lot of good tips for people who are just starting out.
It would have received 5 stars if it wasn't for the price - it just wasn't a £23 book. £16 would be about the right price. Excellent content, beautiful images, plenty of ideas. Would have liked a bit more on the technical aspects of each image, especially how each shot was lit.