I recently checked-out Plate to Pixel, by Helene Dujardin, from my local library. Two weeks was definitely not enough time to absorb all the helpful food photography tips and inspiration, however, I definitely learned a lot from this book and wanted to share what I learned!
While this book went though many topics such as camera settings, lighting and photo editing programs the section I found most helpful were in regards to composition (remember, I’m using a Point & Shoot camera and the only photo editing equipment I use is iPhoto). Here are some of my favorite tips about composition:
- When composing your shot, move things around; try placing things off-center and notice the difference. What does the same picture look like from a different angle?
- When using props, get creative! I love that in the book, the author often uses a vintage ceiling tile as a background!
- Try placing your props at different heights.
- When taking photos, keep in mind what are you trying to tell with your photo? Is there a mood you’re trying to show or story you’re trying to tell with the photograph?
- I think my favorite of all tip is: use the ingredients you’re already using in the recipe as a “prop.” It may be some sliced strawberries next to your strawberry pie, or fresh sprig of thyme next to your Thyme Biscuits. This doesn’t cost any extra money and can really make a difference in the photo!
I think that Helene Dujardin does an excellent job of making this book applicable to beginner and advanced food photographers! If you’re interested in learning more about food photography, I would definitely recommend this book!
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~What are your favorite food photography tips?