This month has been a really productive blogging month for me-probably because my life has seemed a little less crazy than August, September, and October. Whatever the reason, I was really unhappy with my pictures and I finally went ahead and did two things that I truly believe have helped my novice food photography.
The first one came in the form of my new 50mm 1.8f Nikon lens-I’ve been eyeing it ever since I bought my camera back in August. I knew I would eventually get it, it was just a question of being sensible and doing it when I had a little extra money. So far, I’ve been extremely happy with the purchase because I’m able to get the blurry blokeh that helps makes food pop out from the background. The walls of our current apartment haven’t been painted in awhile (you can tell) and so this helps take any unwanted attention from those when I do a shoot.
The other thing I’ve been wanting to purchase has been Pinch of Yum’s Tasty Food Photography E-Book.
My review? Buy it! Take a look at my pictures before my homemade spicy ketchup recipe-one of my best friend’s got on this site a week ago and actually commented on the improvement in my pictures. And pictures on a blog are pretty darn important. We eat with our eyes, right?
Okay, buy it might sound a little pushy. Here’s the thing-there are a lot of food photography books and sources available online-even for free. But, I always feel that sometimes the internet feels a little overwhelming when you are trying to find information on one subject. Actually, photography can be grouped into several little sub-topics, so it’s actually a little confusing when you are just starting out.
I think Tasty Food Photography has done a wonderful job at explaining key photography ideas in a clear, concise manner. The accompanying photographs illustrate exactly what they’ve just explained and I think what Lindsay has done is to create a resource that will actually get any reader up off the couch cushions and actively photographing their food. It’s a book that is designed to give you the tools you need to get photographing…right away.
And, in my case anyway, I felt there was a true turnaround. A noticeable difference.
This book made me realize the importance of things like composition, lighting, and backgrounds. A few little changes have really made a big deal in how I photograph.
AFTER: My Pumpkin Lava Cake Apples (I am extremely happy with the way these turned out)
BEFORE: My Sweet and Spicy Pickles (I love the recipe, but the picture makes these look washed out, unappetizing and the picture…I meant for it to be minimalist…instead you’ve got a spoon, a cutting board, a table, and a bit of a couch)
Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that you can purchase Tasty Food Photography by clicking on the link below.
They have a special Thanksgiving sale going on right now until Monday and the book is half off! Just type the coupon code TFP50 when you buy the book! Click on the link below to go to the Pinch of Yum website…
Also, please note that this is an affiliate link. If you click through my page and buy the book, I will earn a commission. Don’t worry, I definitely would not be advertising this on my site if I didn’t think that it was worth your investment. Like I said, take a look at my before and after pictures…