|Cover of Photography Fundamentals for Food Bloggers|
Allow me this brief diversion from my usual content to crow about a new e-Book: Photography Fundamentals for Food Bloggers–The Basics: Cameras, Lenses, and Light by Adam V. Barnes. Of all the food-blog photography that I admire, Adam’s food photography is a visual ode to the edibles he captures. Adam harnesses light and shadow in a way that lends three-dimensional qualities to his food photos. He is the light-and-shadow whisperer.
Adam and his wife, Cheryl Beverage Barnes, publish the blog Picture Perfect Meals and are photographer and author of Picture Perfect Meals: Little Book of Appetizers and Picture Perfect Meals Christmas Cookies and Confections. Adam’s photography, has appeared in numerous magazines–most notably Southern Living and Vogue. For food bloggers, for Instagramers, for everyone else who loves (and lives) to photograph great food, Photography Fundamentals for Food Bloggers–The Basics: Cameras, Lenses, and Light is a book that demystifies, instructs, and inspires.
What the Book Covers…
Besides the book’s achingly beautiful food photos, Adam explains, with minimal technospeak, the advantages of various cameras for food photography. Adam says, “… it is not necessary to have a lot of interchangeable lenses and high megapixel resolution to make beautiful food photographs. What you need is equipment you are comfortable with and your imagination.” Each of the major types of commercially available cameras is reviewed: compact digitals, bridge cameras, DSLRs, and even vintage view cameras. Each can be used for food photography, and Adam explains how each camera can work well for you (i.e. budget-conscious bloggers and foodies can get great results with bridge cameras, which deliver good results in lower light, according to Adam).
This is the part of the book that was most helpful for me. Before reviewing this book, I consulted Adam regarding the right camera lenses for food photography. His advice was spot on, and I’ve since seen a significant improvement in my food photos.
|Anchovy & Egg Salad, taken with the Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S lens|