This last weekend was a productive one. I got a photography book to review. The book is written for all photographers who classify themselves as intermediate or advanced beginner. Regardless of that, there were 5 great lessons that food photographers can apply in their work.
This eBook was released last week, on Wednesday 1/26/2011. Before reading this book, I thought this was just another eBook mostly for beginners. But, after going through all 111 pages of this book, I was pleasantly surprised.
This book targets photographers and does not mentioned anything specific about food photography. However there are some great lessons a food photographer can learn from this book. This eBook encourages readers to ask themselves some very thoughtful questions.
What I Learned About Food Photography This Weekend
Here’s what I learned about food photography from this eBook:
Understand Your Intentions – We have talked about the need to understanding the purpose of a photograph. A food photo of a soup can be taken in many different ways. How to take a photo of that soup? Well, that depends on what your intentions are. Understand your intention and what you want from a photo.
Learn How to Read Photographs – The quickest way to learn how to take outstanding photos is to understand what outstanding photos look like. If you don’t know what an outstanding photo looks like, how would you know what you want in your photo? And if you don’t know what you want, how will you define what your intentions are?
Speak the Language of Light – I can’t say this enough – light is the most important element of photography. Learning the language of light and identifying good light from bad is a crucial skill for food photographer. In this book, author gives great some great insight on how to speak that language and create the right mood in your photos.
Develop an On Location Plan – On location doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be in a restaurant. For food photographers, on location can mean the place where the photograph is to be taken. It can be in a restaurant or in your own kitchen. No matter how great your camera is and no matter how many gears and gadgets you have, for taking great food photos, one thing will always be limited. That is time. A good plan for taking photos is required and should be developed well in advance of being on location. Author explains the thought process that will help you once you are on-location for taking any photograph.
Histograms are Important – No matter what kind of photographer you are, histograms are important to understand for taking pictures that are correctly exposed. Histograms tell you the story of light. They tell you whether your photo is too bright or too dark. For a food photographer, learning to read histograms is very important. Food photos that are too bright or too dark just don’t work.
Although, this book is for general photography, you can learn a lot about food photography from this eBook. After reading the book, you apply these lessons when taking food photos. The eBook goes into great details on all of the topics mentioned above and many other topics.
What Else Does This Book Teach?
The first book Photo Nuts and Bolts talked about basics of photography, this book moves beyond the basics and as I said addresses intermediate level questions and topics.
This book discusses subjects like “meaning and message”, which explain something I think is most important in photography – stopping, thinking and asking questions. This section goes into great detail and challenges you to ask questions like “What Do You Want to Say?” and some other questions that you should ask before pressing that button.
This 111 page book contains 9 main sections. Here are those 9 main sections.
How to See
Quality of Light
Getting Sharpest Possible Photos
On-location thought process
Meaning and Message
Light and Mood
Who is This Book for?
This book covers a lot of different topics. In my opinion, most of these topics will help those who consider themselves intermediate or advanced beginners (If you consider yourself as beginner, the previous book Photo Nuts and Bolts may be appropriate for your).
If you are serious about photography and would like to learn more about this art, this book is for you.
Who is This Book NOT for?
If you have been taking photos for many years and consider yourself an expert, this book is not for you.
This book is for anyone who wants to learn about photography. This book is not directly targeted towards food photographers, in fact I don’t think they directly talk about food photography. However, improving and learning photography is important for becoming a better food photographer.
If you are looking for tips that will teach you how to take better good food photos, you won’t find that in this book. What this book will teach you is number of techniques and will help you with understanding photography and its element. You will have to apply these lessons when you take food photos.
Win a FREE dSLR Camera
This book was released on Wednesday 1/26/2011 and for the first few days there are two great offers from the publishers (Digital Photography School).
1. For the first two weeks, you can save 25% on this book. Normally this book is $19.97 but for the the first two week you can get this for $14.97 Click here to see the table of content.
2. Competition – they are putting everyone who buys the eBook in the first week after the release of the book into a draw to win a dSLR camera. If you buy this book in next few hours, you will be eligible to enter this draw.
60-Day Money Back Guarantee
The good thing about this offer is that it comes with a money back guarantee, so after reading it if you think that it is not worth the money you’ve paid, you can ask DPS for refund. Here’s what they say on their website:
If you’re not satisfied that Photo Nuts and Shots is helping your photography within 60 days, just let us know and we’ll refund your money.
That’s how confident we are that this resource will help you become the creative photographer you want to be.
I have looked at the book and found it helpful. I am not returning the book to the publisher and once you get the book I am confident you won’t either.
Keep taking great pictures. Read more about this book.
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Photo by Dustin Diaz