So you have that friend or family member who loves to cook, and is always saying how they want to start a blog , write a cookbook, start selling their pretty baked goods or begin a catering career. The thing is, to be successful in any of these areas, having attractive photos of their culinary masterpieces is essential. A Dark, washed out, blurry or poorly arranged shot will not draw their endeavors positive attention. No matter how lovely and delicious the actual food is readers and potential clients are not at the table tasting it for themselves.
I still have a way to go with my own photography, but my skills have improved considerably over the past couple years. I cringe at some of the shots I thought were pretty good just a year ago. A year from now, I will probably say the same thing about what I am shooting currently.
While upgrading to a DSLR and looking at tons of well photographed images has helped, one of the biggest helps was getting the book Plate to Pixel, by Helene Dujardin. The book is packed with information on the technical aspects of digital photography and guides the reader through the essentials of styling food for images. Considering that I have the attention span of a gnat these days, and have gleaned through the book, picking up tidbits, and skimming over a few topics, never actually reading the entirety of it, the fact that it has helped me as much as it has is impressive. If your loved one is not so flighty in their reading habits, they will get even more out of the book than I have.
Anyway, the book Plate to Pixel is my suggestion, as a great under $30 gift for the foodie in your life. (Currently available for $20.59 at Target)
Media sample provided. All opinions are my own.