Sunday, July 14, 2013

Book Review: "Plate to Pixel" by Helene Dujardin

"Plate to Pixel" by Helene Dujardin, sub-titled "Digital Food Photography & Styling" was put out by Wiley Publishing, Inc. in 2011. It is a 266 page soft-cover book. Printed on heavy stock, it contains many excellent color photographs to clearly illustrate the ideas and techniques in the text.

"Pixel to Plate" is a comprehensive book about food photography that should be helpful to anyone interested in this subject. Photography basics and camera settings are covered in the first two chapters for beginning photographers. The following six chapters cover natural and artificial lighting, composition ideas for food, set ups for shooting, food styling and post-capture editing, organization and storage.

This was the first food-specific book I read when I finally decided to jump into food photography and start a food blog. It was very helpful, giving me needed information on how to achieve the lighting to make various foods look great. There are also many good compositional ideas to use as starting points.

Overall, "Plate to Pixel" by Helene Dujardin is a very good place to start for beginning photographers wanting to improve their food photography and for more advanced photographers who want to expand their expertise in this area. At $29.99 US, this book is a treasure trove of inspiration.

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