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Food Photography

Corinna Gissemann

Food Photography

A Beginners Guide to Creating Appetizing Images

SKU: 1064

232 pages | Soft Cover, 8 x 10 in.

ISBN: 978-1-68198-101-7

July 2016

Print and eBook Bundle: $49.95
Print Book: $39.95
eBook: $31.99

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  • Description

    Product Description

    Anyone who has been inspired to take a picture of a great-looking meal knows that creating a successful food photograph is not easy. Though the food may look amazing, the resulting image can often end up mediocre and unappealing. Whether you want to create great food images for your blog or break into the world of commercial food photography, Food Photography is the perfect place to start your journey.

    Corinna Gissemann, a professional food photographer, walks you through everything you need to know, starting with a primer on equipment and exposure, followed by a detailed explanation of the extremely important roles that light, composition, and styling play in food photography. In these chapters, you’ll learn all about hard vs. soft light, how to use reflectors and flash, how to frame your image so that your subject matter truly pops, the food styling techniques that will have your viewers getting hungry, and much more! Additionally, entire chapters are devoted to editing and managing your images in Lightroom, the props you need to have in order to create great food photos, and all the tips and tricks that will save you time and help make getting “the shot” that much easier.

  • Table of Contents

    Table of Contents


    1 What Gear Do You Need?                                                  

    Which Camera

    Which Lens?

    Using a Tripod

    Remote Shutter Release

    Artificial Sources of Light

    White Balance Using a Gray Card

    Memory Cards

    Hard Drives

    Image-Processing Software

    Cell Phones


    2 Basics

    Farewell, AutoHello, M Mode

    Setting the

    Setting the Exposure Time

    ISO Sensitivity

    Putting It All Together

    RAW vs. JPEG

    White Balance


    3 Lighting

    Main and Fill Light.


    Artificial Light


    Continuous Light

    Reflectors, Flags, and Other Light Shapers

    Hard and Soft Light

    Light-to-Subject Distance

    Angles of Incidence

    Light Direction

    Light at Different Times of Day

    Preventing Unwanted Reflections


    4 Image Design and Composition

    Start Slowly

    Portrait or Landscape Format?

    Shooting Angles


    Positioning the Star of the Show


    Steering the Viewer’s Gaze

    Composing with Color

    Adding Texture

    Capturing a Mood

    Creating a Feeling of Depth

    Practicing Image Composition



    5 Styling

    Styling Concepts

    Becoming a Storyteller

    Turning a Shoot into a Project


    13 Must-Have Food Photo Props

    Sample Styling Kit

    Working with Dummies

    Styling Tips

    Including People in Your Images


    6 Five Food Photography Projects



    Main Dishes





    7 Image Processing with Lightroom

    About Lightroom

    Setting Up a Workflow

    Importing Images Files

    Processing Your Images

    Working with Presets

    Getting Organized



    8 Tips and Tricks

    Simulating Condensation

    Combating Burned-Out Reflections

    Stabilizing Styrofoam Reflectors

    The “Full Dish” Trick

    Salt in Your Beer

    Gelatin Soup

    Building Blocks as Placeholders

    Cardboard Backgrounds

    Four Eyes Are Better Than Two

    Making Notes


    9 Homemade Props

    Trick Milk Bottle

    Tongue-and-Groove Background

    Plywood Background

    Two-in-One Reflector/Flag

    Universal Soup Can

    Decorated Teacup

    Five-Second Mini Cake Stand



    10 How to Boost Your Creativity

    Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

    Imitate Your Role Models

    Learning to “Read” a Photo

    How to Find and Use Sources of Inspiration


    Developing Your Own Visual Style

    Don’t be Afraid to Experiment


    11 Now It’s Your Turn


    Quick Test





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