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About three months ago I came across a food blog called Pinch of Yum. What struck me immediately is how clean the site looked, and the great photographs. They had an interesting page, too, where they showed how much money they make from blogging about food. Not long after, I joined their program Food Blogger Pro that helps food bloggers learn some important lessons about blogging. Lindsay’s teaching education shows, and she makes photography clear and easy to understand. Bjork, her husband, is a techie, and his job is to teach the technical aspects of starting and running a blog.
In Food Blogger Pro, Lindsay uses tutorial videos to instruct how to use props to set up a shot (composition); the use of lighting; editing in I-Photo, Photoshop or Lightroom, optimizing the photo for the web, and more. Within weeks I had my photos accepted to Foodgawker and Tastespotting, and I had never had them accepted to those sites in three years of blogging. Wow!
Nevertheless, I wondered if I was missing out by not having a copy of her ebook Tasty Food Photography. Would material in the ebook be different from what was in Food Blogger Pro? To find out, I got a hold of a copy.
The book contains 59 pages and costs $19 dollars, which I was thought was a little bit expensive, but then I was very surprised to learn that with the book also gives you access to videos that you can link to. The specific videos cover how to do the following things in Photoshop and Lightroom (not I-Photo): use the Healing Brush and Spot Removal, Resizing, Diptychs (2 photos in 1 frame), Sharpen, Color Balance, Saturation, Brightness and Contrast, Shadows and Highlights, Exposure, and White Balance. The ebook also covers all the food photography and photo editing topics in Food Blogger Pro.
There were a couple of other differences in the ebook, too. One was a discussion of how to get the most out of using a point and shoot camera, if you don’t own a DSLR. I enjoyed this section since I haven’t made the switch to using a DSLR camera, yet. Lindsay also gives the names of some iPhone apps she sometimes uses for interesting editing.
One last aspect that I liked about the ebook is that having the written explanations with complementary photos is handy. It’s more convenient than going to a video and having to find that point in the video where she talked about… such and such.
To conclude I’ll present the pros and cons of Tasty Food Photography.
Cons: At $19 the cost may be a little high, and the book is only 59 pages long.
Pros: Information is clear, concise, and easy to find. The book comes with links to videos with clear instructions, and even though it only has 59 pages, it has all the necessary steps presented to get you started to taking great photos. Overall, it’s a very worthwhile investment.
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