Tasty Food Photography is a recent book put together by the team at Pinch of Yum to help bloggers and food enthusiasts alike improve their tantalizing images.
Lindsay from the Pinch of Yum blog has taken her passion for everything delicious and created a forum for beautiful and tantalizing pictures of food (with recipes of course). But it did not start out that way. Through trial and error Lindsay has learned the keys needed to photograph her dishes in a way that keeps her readers coming back for more. In this 48-page eBook, she details the different techniques she uses to capture her images that grab a reader’s attention and make the mouth water.
“Photography is an incredible tool that can have a profound impact on the life of your blog or website. I’ve learned a lot of things – both big and small – in the last few years, and this book is my way of sharing all that with you.”
Content and Structure of the Book
Tasty Food Photography is divided into 6 main sections:
• Technical Elements
• Props and Set Up
• Editing (with Tutorials)
• General Workflow
Take a look at Lindsay’s first food images vs. her new work:
Food photography adds its own blend of challenges when choosing a solid composition – so be sure to switch things up and play with your food – don’t worry, we won’t tell.
Step-by-step examples help visualize the tips.
Extra Addition: Video Tutorials
Thoughts and Conclusion
Lindsay’s tone throughout the book is playful and no-nonsense. Cheesy jokes aside (see what I did right there?!) her notes and tips are simple, easy to follow, and something everyone should know when setting out to make food images. This is not Instagram and your aunt’s mystery casserole after all.
One thing to note is that this is a smaller book with a lot of information packed in. For more experienced photographers, some of the foundational material may feel more like a review, but for that same reason, it works as a good guide for those just beginning with food photography. A good deal of the tips will relate directly to the subject of composing and editing interesting photos for a food blog or website. With that said, much of the editing, composition, and lighting tips can be applied to several different still-life scenarios.
Another nice addition to the eBook is the video tutorials. As a visual person, I always choose watching something being done over just reading about it. I chose to download this eBook on my computer and view through my eReader, which was a plus when going through the tutorial videos in the editing section of the book. The tablet format worked well too (in portrait layout), which is a plus when reading on the go. Just be sure you have connection to the internet in order to skim through the videos as well. As a side note, you may want to avoid reading this book while on the treadmill at the gym. Never craved muffins so bad in my life.
Until Next Time . . .
Stay Inspired ~ Jules
Lindsay Talks About Tasty Food Photography