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Food Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots [Paperback]

Nicole S. Young
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3 Aug 2011 From Snapshots to Great Shots
Are you a “foodie” looking to take eye-catching photos of your culinary concoctions? Do you have a food blog that you’d like to enhance with better visuals? Do you want to create photos that conjure up the flavors of your favorite foods but lack the photographic technique to make it happen? Then this book is for you!

InFood Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots, photographer Nicole Young dishes up the basics on getting the right camera equipment–lights, lenses, reflectors, etc.–and takes you through the key photographic principles of aperture, ISO, and shutter speed. She then discusses lighting and composition and shows how to style food using props, fabrics, and tabletops. Finally, she explains how to improve your photos through sharpening, color enhancement, and other editing techniques. Beautifully illustrated with large, vibrant photos, this book offers the practical advice and expert shooting tips you need to get the food images you want every time you pick up your camera.

Follow along with your friendly and knowledgeable guide, photographer and author Nicole S. Young, and you will:

•      Use your camera’s settings to gain full control over the look and feel of your images

•      Master the photographic basics of composition, focus, depth of field, and much more

•      Learn to enhance your food photographs using professional food styling techniques

•      Get tips on different types of lighting, including strobes, flashes, and natural light

•      Improve the look of your photos using Adobe Photoshop

•      Go “behind the scenes” and walk through the process of creating great food photographs with an entire chapter of start-to-finish examples

And once you’ve got the shot, show it off! Join the book’s Flickr group to share your photos, recipes, and tips at

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (3 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321784111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321784117
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 19.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nicole S. Young is a full-time photographer specializing in commercial photography, and she licenses many of her images through iStockphoto and Getty Images. Nicole is an accredited Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) in Photoshop and a Help Desk Specialist with the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. The author of Canon 7D: From Snapshots to Great Shots and Canon 60D: From Snapshots to Great Shots, she blogs at

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 6 Nov 2011
By K J
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What a difference this book has made to my pictures. Lots of good, simple advice on lighting and best of all simple diagrams. I like the way that on each example picture is written the camera settings. Setting up a home studio on the dining table was within my very small budget and makes a big difference. For instance I bought a white reflector board for under £5 from a local hobby shop rather then the more professional and expensive purpose built items. It works just as well and is easy to use. I had bought a cheap pair of studio lights from Photosel about £120 the pair) some while ago and the book actually helped me work out how to use them effectively.

I also followed the advice on ISO settings and RAW format. Fundamental stuff which I just didn't know before.

lots of other simple things for example fake ice. who would have thought of fake ice? I bought some over the internet and again it makes a big difference.

It looks like the sample pictures use an inexpensive lens like the one that came with my kit camera.

Like the title says - if you want to go from snapshots to great shots and aren't a photographic wizz already then this will give you a lot of the knowledge to help you get there.

well worth the money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for all levels of food photographer 24 Oct 2011
In this title Nicole lays out the skills that will help photographers of all levels add food photography to their repertoire, and to produce food images that are prepared, styled, photographed & retouched to the highest standards.
This book covers all the basics as well as providing hints and tips for more capable & experienced photographers.
Absolutely worth buying.
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2.0 out of 5 stars returning 11 Sep 2013
By nik_a
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I don't know but I really didn't find this book that helpful or easy to read. Also from a layout and design perspective it was much to cluttered. I just couldn't get into it. Sad because I wanted it to be good.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy! 17 Nov 2011
The book is well-written and is structured in such a way that it is easy to read from start to finish or to dip in as a reference guide. It is lavishly illustrated with photographs and helpful diagrams showing each photo shoot set up. Perhaps aimed more at the beginner or improver than a professional photographer, it is nontheless an enlightening light.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 26 Sep 2011
Some good tips and tricks to improve your food photography skill if your are not an advance camera user. Ideas and photoprocessing to get control about light and presentation
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good entry level book 4 Dec 2011
I did my first assignment for TAOP on food; and I was really flying by the seat of my pants, never having done anything like that before! I did a fair amount of reading and watching of online videos; and it was the perfect excuse to buy a number of foodie magazines; but I still did not know what I was doing. If only I had had this book before I started, but I don't think it was published then!

The dedication in the book reads, "To foodies, food bloggers, home cooks, and chefs...and to anyone who craves a delicious meal, chases beauty, and wants to make people hungry with their photographs". And it pretty much hits the spot! Particularly found the chapters on lighting; styling & props; framing & composition; and behind the scenes useful. The little sections entitled 'poring over the picture' were also very useful. The lighting set-ups are not too complicated; and in many instances she is using only reflectors, foam-core boards and natural daylight.
It's aimed at just the right level for a newbie foodie; and also has info on fundamentals, equipment and post-processing. There is very little pseudo-food being photographed which I found in other books--you know--mashed potato for ice-cream and the like.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Another great book in the "From Snapshots to Great Shots" series - this time by Nicole S. Young a full time photographer and an Istock and Getty Images contributor. The book is a great introductory to a food photography. Written in a simple yet personal (and not patronising!) way it takes the reader through the basics: white balance, the exposure triangle and ISO and then progresses to the types of lenses and cameras, accessories and equipement. The chapter on lighting was for me the most interesting as it shows how with very little investment - in fact only using the natural light and some cheap (or even home made) reflectors one can achieve a well lit food image. There are interesting insights and tips on styling and props and advice on composition and a very detailed chapter on processing images with Adobe Photoshop. If you are a beginner photographer or a beginner in food photography this book is a great help - it was to me.
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