When I grow up I want to be as good of a photographer as Helene Dujardin. Ok, I’m 35, but in terms of age as a food photographer, I’m an infant. I was lucky to get my hands on a copy of Plate to Pixel to review.
I love this book. Before I was blessed with the Little in my life, I was a serious bookworm eating though 7-8 books a week. I haven’t had a chance to read a single book as a mom yet I’ve managed to read through this book twice and reference it before every shoot.
Plate to Pixel covers everything from basic camera information, lighting, props and styling. I’m glad she structured the book to place styling last because even if you can make it look pretty in your living room, your photos won’t necessarily show well if you don’t understand light and how to use it to bring your photo to life. Another great thing about the book is that she shares the f-stop, aperture and lens for every photo. This really helped me get a better understanding of where my camera settings needed to be and that I needed to move away from the food.
Before I read this book I shot all my photos on auto but now I shoot all my food photos on manual, now my favorite setting. I wanted to show my first food photo to grace this blog versus what I just shot to show you how my photos have changed so far after reading this book.
I still have a lot to learn but I’m so glad that I have this book in my library.