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Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography and Styling Paperback – May 3 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 3 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470932139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470932131
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 739 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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...shows us how to make food photos look delicious, exploring tips and techniques used by the pros. (Digital Photography Enthusiast, July 2011).

'Honestly, and I don't say this lightly: if you buy one book on photography make it this one.' (Modern Country Style, Sept 2011)

'Helene Dujardin s guide to photographing food is a great practical read for budding photographers...this book is full of inspiring images that are sure to encourage you to get behind the lens. (Digital Photographer, March 2012)

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Feast on these great recipes for mouthwatering food photos

Pictures have power. When you know how to make a dessert look so luscious that you gain two pounds just gazing at it, you have the power to tease taste buds from miles away. Whether you showcase the spectacular creations coming out of your own kitchen or aspire to a career in food photography, you'll devour the information in these pages.

Photographing food is an art. Develop your food photography skills with these techniques.

  • Discover how to use natural light to capture stunning images

  • Learn how to work with your camera modes and settings

  • See how to fine-tune exposure

  • Discover how to compose the most appetizing photo

  • Tell your story with light

  • Add pizzazz with herbs, sauces, and easy styling techniques

  • Learn trade secrets for photographing items such as ice cream and stews

  • Develop an after-capture workflow process to improve your food photos

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I was pretty eager to receive this book. I happened to search for ways to improve my photography for my blog, and I stumbled onto this one. What better way to learn than with Hélène Dujardin, which herself has a gorgeous award winning blog ?

I started reading it right away when I got it. I'm now at chapter 4 and can't wait to continue my learning.

The book is very clear with many pictures to see exactly what the author means, and compare different settings. Altough it says you can create beautiful photographs with a P&S (Point and Shoot camera), the book is heavilly constructed around the SLR type of cameras (Single-Lens Reflex camera), with apperture, ISO, White Balance, etc. I'm curious to see what advice we'll have later in the book for those types of cameras. It's true altough that I didn't get yet to the core, so I guess I have to wait and see.

I find the book a bit technical up to now. It's not a bad thing, but I find it a bit overwhelming to start with. Maybe it's linked with the fact that I have no prior experience with the manual settings of my camera. Someone who already know where to find the key features she's speaking about might have an easier time figuring it out clearly. I'm not progressing very fast due to the fact that I find myself navigating between my camera manual and the book a lot.

Overall an excellent book, must have for amateur photographs (or bloggers !), specifically if you're photographing food (advice applies also to some extent to other types of photography too of course)
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This is exactly the book I've been looking for. I've started taking photos of my friend's cooking and we are planning to publish a cookbook. Thanks to a Point and Shoot digital camera I have been fairly successful in getting good photos. However, the more pictures I took of my friend's cooking the more I realized I needed greater expertise with my camera and much better understanding of light and shadows. I found Helene Dujardin's book "Plate to Pixel" on Amazon and bought it right away because I knew immediately it contained exactly the information I needed. The statement ""Whether you have a dSLR or a Point and Shoot, the basic principles of good photography remain constant." caught my eye and now, after buying "Plate to Pixel" not only am I learning food photography but am learning how to use my camera thoroughly. Helene's book is easy to read, full of information about using natural light "telling your story with light" as she says,composing photos and getting the right shot. She is passionate about photography and passionate about sharing her love of photography. I thoroughly recommend her book to anyone who wants to photograph food and to anyone who wants to use his/her camera in the best way possible. A wonderful, informative book and a joy to read. Thank you Helene Dujardin
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Ms. Dujardin is very generous with the information she provides in this book. You really don't need any other book on food photography. Her photos are gorgeous and the fact that she is self-taught, having graduated from a point and shoot, actually reassures me. She has a great eye and conveys clearly how and why she sets up a shot a specific way.

The info in this book is great for a novice or an experienced photographer. She strips away the formality of photography and has a very free approach to setting up shots. Very refreshing and not intimidating! The after-capture work flow chapter is so valuable too. Most books are either too technical or skim through information. She strikes a great balance. As I said, very generous and thorough with her information.
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I really liked this book. The information inside was very easy to understand and so helpful! The tips were incredibly useful.
I loved how beautiful the pictures were. They gave me hope that my own images may come out just as good.
There is so much information in here that it almost seemes overwhelming at times. But, don't let that discourage you! Press on! This book will be a great aid to you in your art.

There are so many books on the market that could help you learn and teach you how to be better at Food Photography. In my opinion, if you are just starting out as a food photographer, or want to get better, then this is definitely one of the books that I would recommend to you.
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I'm a beginner photographer with a food blog and this book has helped me immeasurably. I'm only into Chapter 2 so far and already there is a very big difference in the quality of my photographs. So happy I bought this!
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