For this week’s Food Photography Friday’s Post I am reviewing the book- Tasty Food Photography!
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When I started blogging back in 2011, I knew squat about photography. I mean like zip, zero, zilch. It was pathetic. I was the girl in the college that would ask everyone else for their photos that they took the next day. I would bring a disposable camera with me (yup disposable) with good intentions and never remember to actually take any photos! I actually remember graduating from college and months later, opening my glove compartment and a bunch of disposable cameras fell out that I never went and got developed. Yea, I was that bad.
So when I started blogging in 2011, I knew I would need to take photos of my food. Ok, truth be told, my first post had zero photos. Yea, read that again. Zero. After that first post, I started including photographs that I had taken with my phone. And they were awful. Yea, like really really bad. Sad thing was I wasn’t totally clueless that they were as bad as they were. Ok let me share a photo with you from the early days. Brace yourself for these Nutella Scones….
Great recipe. Baaaaaaad photo. And I remember thinking, since I stacked them and put them on a cute plate, it was a good photo. Ha, I was so delusional. But hey, we have to start somewhere right?
Well fast forward a few years and I decided to invest my first DSLR camera. I bought this camera body and this camera lens, which I totally recommend as a place to start but here’s the kicker. I still had no clue what I was doing. And to make it worse, the new camera has a serious learning curve to it. I was lost.
But I was determined.
So I went looking for resources to improve my food photography. But I knew I didn’t want to spend a bunch of money- let’s face it I just spent a good chunk of dough on my camera and lens.
Enter the Tasty Food Photography Book from Lindsey Ostrom of Pinch of Yum. It was $29 and all about food photography.
I’ve mentioned this book on previous posts like How To Improve Your Food Photography For Less Than $200, but I thought this book deserved its own mention. Because maybe $200 scared you away, but come on, less than $30. Now we’re talking people. So this is just my honest review of the book. Hopefully it will give you a good idea of whether or not it’s something you could use yourself to improve your food photography.
Who Is Lindsey Ostrom?
So seriously, who is this chick teaching us about food photography? If you are a seasoned food blogger then the woman needs no introduction. But maybe you’re new, but she is a food blogger that has turned her food blog into a full-time career. And her photography, and her book on it, are a big reason for it. Just one look at her photos, and you can’t help but drool. She knows what she is doing, and is super down to earth about it all if you ask me. She admits she didn’t know what she was doing either when she picked up her camera (yea it isn’t just me!)
What Information Is Included In This Book?
Well clearly it’s all about food photography. It’s 63 pages all dedicated to the subject. The book is broken up into 6 sections- technical tips, lighting tips, composition tips, props and set up tips, editing tips, and general workflow.
The information presented is easy to digest, and (as you would expect) lots of photos to get her point across. There are even video tutorials included within the editing section. So if you are new or clueless when it comes to editing your photos in Lightroom, the videos alone I think are worth the price of the book. In fact, they could easily be turned into their own course alone!
Who Is This Book For?
*Beginners: If you are brand new to using a DSLR camera, or perhaps thinking of upgrading from using your phone’s camera- then this book is a must read. Of course, as Lindsey stresses in the book, becoming great at food photography requires lots of practice! I bought this book over a year ago, when I felt I needed to improve my food photography game- but unless you practice, practice, and then practice some more you won’t see any improvements. But this book is a great place to start and really breaks down some complicated information. I can guarantee that by the end of the book you will have a better understanding of how to use your DSLR camera.
*Intermediate: I do think this book is a great resource for the intermediate as well. Like I said, I only bought this book a little over a year ago. I had been using my camera for awhile, but felt like I needed a push to improve my photos. I felt like my photos although had seen improvement in the past five years, my improvement felt stagnant. And I knew I was nowhere I wanted to be. Even if you understand manual mode, she will help you to improve your editing skills, and composition. Part of becoming a food blogger that stands out, is branding. Branding yourself means having consistent photos that can be easily identified as yours on Pinterest and this book will help you do that.
*Advanced: I’m not sure if this book is for the advanced food photographer. The information really lends itself to someone who has just picked up their DSLR camera for the first time. However, I will say I picked up this book again whenever I need a quick resource or photography tip. You really can’t stop learning when it comes to food photography if you ask me.
- Lots of Photos
- Easy To Digest Information
- Book is broken down into manageable sections
- Video Tutorials for Editing are included
Honestly I don’t have that many cons to mention, but like any honest review I feel I should do my due diligence and mention what could be considered cons.
- This book was written a few years ago, so the photos are now a bit outdated. If you visit her site, you will see how much she has even improved. (Like I said you never stop learning!)
- If you are looking for ways to improve your food photography using your Iphone, then this might not be for you. Although I think the tips on composition and editing would be still useful regardless of your camera.
- If you are used to working with an artificial light, then you might not get a lot of information using this book. However I recently took her course on artificial lighting through Udemy.Com and it was seriously so helpful. So that might be another thing to check out so you can seriously rock some awesome food photos in no time.
- She can’t be right there in your house, helping you take those photos. Bummer, I know. So it’s up to you to read, practice, read again and then practice a whole lot more after that.
So I hope that gives you a good understanding of what to expect if you purchase the book, and if you do purchase the book you will see improvements in no time.
So has the book helped? You be the judge.
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