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Tasty Food Photography | How to Make Your Viewer’s Mouth Water – eBook Review

By Jules Ebe on July 25th 2013

Tasty Food Photography is an eBook put together by the team at Pinch of Yum to help bloggers and food enthusiasts alike improve their tantalizing images. Their popular eBook has just been revised, and boasts new content, more detailed visual examples and even a section on bloggers who are starting off with only an iPhone.

Overview

Last time we looked at Lindsay’s material from the Pinch of Yum blog, we had a hard time not drooling on the computer. Lindsay has taken her passion for everything yummy and created a successful website centered around beautiful and tantalizing pictures of food (with recipes of course). It is a great example of taking a hobby, and building a great business around it. Sound familiar?

“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.”

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Wasn’t Always Pretty Pictures

Lindsay’s images to begin with were drab. She did not start off taking great food photography, yet through trial and error she learned the keys to tantalizing food photography – something that is essential for enticing readers to come back to the website time and again. In this 63-page eBook, you will find everything from lighting and composition, to post-processing tutorials, to setting up a workflow specific to food photography. After all – it is a perishable medium.

“I was using a DSLR camera, but I had no idea how to use it.”

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Content and Structure of the Book

Tasty Food Photography is divided into 6 main sections:

    • Technical Tips
    • Lighting Tips
    • Composition Tips
    • Props and Set Up Tips
    • Editing Tips
    • General Workflow

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Example Pages

The proof is in the pudding. Take a look at Lindsay’s first food images vs. her new work:

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Food photography adds its own blend of challenges when choosing an engaging composition.

Tip of the day: Switch things up and play with your food – don’t worry, we won’t tell.

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Step-by-step examples help visualize the lighting and editing tips.

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Extra Addition: Video Tutorials

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Thoughts and Conclusion

Lindsay’s tone throughout the book is playful yet direct. The notes and tips are simple, easy to follow, and include basic techniques everyone should know when setting out to make food images. Almost every tip is accompanied by an example or behind the scenes view of the set up.

The eBook is great about giving details for the different techniques she uses to capture images that grab a reader’s attention and make the mouth water.

One thing to note is that, like the original version, this is a smaller book with a lot of information packed in. This is a beginner’s guide. For more experienced still-life photographers, some of the foundational material may feel redundant, but for that same reason, it works as a good guide for those just beginning with food photography. It also gives enough information that it will be applicable for people who are only accustomed to shooting with their cell phone. Actually, it even has a section for that.

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A good deal of the tips will relate directly to the subject of composing and editing interesting photos for a food blog or website. This is not an eBook to learn Photoshop or how to composite images. With that said, much of the editing, composition, and lighting tips can be applied to several different still-life scenarios.

This eBook also contains video tutorials. Having both visual and text material makes the information more palatable and easier to retain. I chose to download this eBook on my computer and view through my eReader in PDF format. Just be sure you have connection to the internet so viewing the tutorials is more seamless. The tablet format worked well too (in portrait layout), which is a plus when reading on-the-go or setting up next for your practice shot.

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(Good until August 7th)

Click here to purchase Tasty Food Photography.

Until Next Time . . .

Stay Inspired ~ Jules

Lindsay Talks About Tasty Food Photography

About

is a Southern California based Conceptual Artist and Photographer. Her work has been featured in several print publications and selections can be seen in local gallery exhibitions. Connect with her on Facebook and Google+.

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  1. Nick Viton

    now i’m hungry!

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