Confession time. When I decided to start a food blog one of the biggest challenges I realized I was facing (because of course there were several others that I realized much later, but I’ll tell you about those another time) was food photography, or rather just photography.
My only experience with taking photos was pushing the button on those very simple point and shoot cameras we took on vacation and using my phone’s basic camera. But those didn’t require any technical knowledge or artistic qualification. When I browsed other food bloggers’ photo posts and saw them talk about aperture, shutter speed and ISO I was blinking hard and feeling lost (and fending off a panic attack at the same time lol). I knew this was a grey (if not black) area for me so I decided I had to learn about these magic words like ISO if I wanted to take nice pictures for the blog and own my new DSLR camera.
I took a photography class, read up on the matter and bought some books specifically about food photography. One of these books was Tasty Food Photography by Lindsay Ostrom from Pinch of Yum, and I thought to give you a bit of a review in case you are interested in the matter and are wondering whether to get it or not.
The short answer is: YES! Get it now!
The longer, more detailed answer follows:
The ebook is 63 page long, which you might find a bit short for $29, but after having read it, I think you get your money’s worth and more!
The ebook is full of information anyone interested in photography (and especially food photography) can make good use of. There are some basic technical explanations so even those who are not familiar with a fancy DSLR don’t get lost when reading about aperture or ISO later on (Chapter 1), and Lindsay gives plenty of advice and suggestions when it comes to how to style your photos (Chapter 4), what composition to use (Chapter 3) and the importance of light (and how it can affect your photos) (Chapter 2).
Here is the table of content for more detail:
What I loved above all was that Lindsay included tons of colourful photos, sometimes of the very same food to showcase the tips so the reader can see in practice how the different settings affect the photo as a whole. Here is an example of the book:
I loved that this book was not too technical so it didn’t bore me with too many gritty details, nore did I get lost or confused. Lindsay’s explanations are easy to follow and understand, helped by the sleek design of the book.
Tasty Food Photography by Lindsay Ostrom contains so many helpful and useful tips that I’m sure it is a great investment for any budding (food) photographer as you’ll be re-reading it many times and making good use of the many tips and tricks included.
* After seeing what a great help this book is, I signed up to become an affiliate and spread the word about it. So I receive a small commission if you buy the book, but all opinions are my own and I only sing its praises because I truly think it is a terrific tool to help you improve your photography.