I’ve just finished Food Photography From Snapshots to Great Shots by Nicole S Young. This is one of a number of books in the Peachpit Press Snapshots to Great Shots Series. These books are good for anyone with a minimum knowledge of photography wanting to expand their photography skills.
Food Photography starts out with a quick couse in camea and lens basics and explains the basics of exposure; iso, aperture, shutter speed, and white balance. Ms Young explains the equipment you need to start taking food photographs. The book is very thorough in it’s approach. Each chapter builds on the new information presented. There are many illustrations explaining each step of the process of shooting food. There is plenty of examples of how the shot was taken and how the lighting was set up. The explaination of lens and especially lens compression are worth the price of admission.
The book is well written and easy to follow. There is plenty of detail on each subject although I wish she had included the actual lens setting on the images shot with zoom lens. That and there is a lot of images of good looking food. You will get hungry reading this book. “Food Photography From Snapshots to Great Shots” is good place to get a solid foundation in learning about this special form of photography.