I am taking big leaps in my food photography this week. Along with my new camera lens this week I also bought Lindsay’s (Pinch of Yum) new e-book Tasty Food Photography. I love the book! It walks you through an easy to follow guide on how to take and edit food pictures.
The book includes:
- Technical Tips (aperture, shutter speed, and ISO)
- Composition Tips (orientation, composition ideas, and movement)
- Light Tips (window hunting, scraping, and folded paper trick)
- Props and Set Up Tips (prop ideas and organization, set-up process)
- Editing Tips (Photoshop, Lightroom, and iPhoto)
- General Workflow (Schedule adjustment, slow down, and food sharing sites)
After downloading the book I quickly went to the editing tips section. I had previously submitted my pictures on food sharing sites (like tastespotting and foodgawker) and have been denied because of lighting issues. The editing section has a breakdown of all the different editing steps and videos explaining how to do them in both Photoshop and Lightroom.
After editing this photo with Lindsay’s tips it got accepted to foodspotting! I was so excited!
This next photo still didn’t get accepted because of composition. It only I could go back in time and fix this.
The big thing about food porn websites is for the most part, you have to crop down to a square. I did not know this when I started taking pictures. So now I look for the square when taking the pictures.
Here is a taste of what I have cooking this week…
Get recipe for Spicy Chicken Quinoa at my healthy food blog.
I know I still need better lighting. Living in Seattle is not the best place for natural light but I worked with what I had. The book gave me a few great tips on free/cheap was to help with lighting. A great side affect of improved photos is increased blog traffic. A “bad” side affect is I get really hungry looking at my picture now.
I highly recommend buying Tasty Food Photography if you want to improve your photos. Click here to visit Pinch of Yum.