Food Photography - From Snapshots to Great Shots

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Book DescriptionPublication Date: August 13, 2011 | ISBN-10: 0321784111 | ISBN-13: 978-0321784117 | Edition: 1Are you a “foodie” looking to take eye-catching photos of your culinary concoctions? Do yo...
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Publication Date: August 13, 2011 | ISBN-10: 0321784111 | ISBN-13: 978-0321784117 | Edition: 1
Are you a “foodie” looking to take eye-catching photos of your culinary concoctions? Do you have a food blog that you’d like to enhance with better visuals? Do you want to create photos that conjure up the flavors of your favorite foods but lack the photographic technique to make it happen? Then this book is for you!

In Food Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots, photographer Nicole Young dishes up the basics on getting the right camera equipment–lights, lenses, reflectors, etc.–and takes you through the key photographic principles of aperture, ISO, and shutter speed. She then discusses lighting and composition and shows how to style food using props, fabrics, and tabletops. Finally, she explains how to improve your photos through sharpening, color enhancement, and other editing techniques. Beautifully illustrated with large, vibrant photos, this book offers the practical advice and expert shooting tips you need to get the food images you want every time you pick up your camera.

Follow along with your friendly and knowledgeable guide, photographer and author Nicole S. Young, and you will:

•      Use your camera’s settings to gain full control over the look and feel of your images

•      Master the photographic basics of composition, focus, depth of field, and much more

•      Learn to enhance your food photographs using professional food styling techniques 

•      Get tips on different types of lighting, including strobes, flashes, and natural light

•      Improve the look of your photos using Adobe Photoshop

•      Go “behind the scenes” and walk through the process of creating great food photographs with an entire chapter of start-to-finish examples

And once you’ve got the shot, show it off! Join the book’s Flickr group to share your photos, recipes, and tips at


Editorial Reviews Review


  • "I would recommend anyone who wants a more thorough insight into food photography to read Young's book from cover to cover."
  • "If you are into food, photography, or the combination of both, you cannot go wrong with this masterfully crafted publication." -Blake Rudis, 
  • "If you are at all interested in food photography this one is a must own." -Kirk Tuck,

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good book April 4, 2012
By Papsi
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have read some of the reviews of this book and some say this is a great book and others say it's for beginners and too basic.
Well, I am a professional photographer also and I got a lot out of this book. What I got most out of this book was the ideas of styling and propping. I also got something out of looking at the lighting setups and ideas. I just skipped the basic stuff.
The areas that are basic, gets pretty technical very fast, so I would say this is for advanced photographers also that want to get into food photography.
If you know nothing about photography other than how to hit the shutter button, this book will be over your head. It covers so much of the technical aspect of photography in such a rapid pace that a beginner will find it too difficult. That being said, a beginner can still get a lot out of the styling and propping and still get some great images using a point and shoot camera.
I really recommend this book to anyone that seriously want to make some great food photos.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Food photography is all about presenting an image that allows the viewer to instantly eat with their eyes. It attacks their senses and triggers hunger, lip smacking, and everything else that comes along with a perfectly presented culinary dish.

But it isn't as simple as slapping together some food onto a plate and hitting the shutter button. Nicole Young understands this and shares her knowledge as a photographer and a lover of beautiful (& tasty!) food to give you all of the tools needed to create your own visual masterpieces.

As a photographer myself, I can always go to a cookbook to look up recipes for making a dish. I'm not looking for recipes in my Food Photography books. Rather, what I'm looking for is a resource filled with best practices on how to optimally plate, light and process my dished images. Nicole succeeds in these arenas beautifully. Her images include wonderfully clear lighting diagrams that help visualize how to position your off-camera lights and what the intended outcome should look like. She goes into the benefits of using natural light, along with coupling it using flashes.

She also spends a great deal of time on the post-processing side of the image. It's not just about getting the best result straight out of camera, but rather it's a combination of that and applying effective and clean processing that leads to a winning image. Nicole shares her tips in this arena, as well.

So to sum it up, Nicole succeeds with this book where other so-called Food Photography books fail. Nicole is a photographer herself and it clearly shows with this book. Don't hesitate about purchasing this book - rest assured that you'll come away with some truly valuable tips on how to create your own amazing food photography.


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