There are loads of great books out there to improve your food photography.

Here is a list of five of the best books for food photography.

Five of the best books for food photography

Food Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots – Nicole S. Young

This is the second edition of Nicole’s book and covers a wide range of subjects from the very basics of using your DSLR right through to post-production after your shoot.

There is a good balance of technical information mixed with tips on things like food presentation which will give you a great starting point for your food photography.

It also features little lighting diagrams so you can replicate the images within the book in your own studio at a pace which is comfortable for you.  

Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography & Styling – Helene Dujardin

If you’re looking to work in a homemade studio and are interested in using natural light, your dining table and some homemade reflectors then this book could be the one for you.

The only downside to this book is that it doesn’t feature any pictures of lighting diagrams. They are described in a basic sense in text, but it is more focused on using natural light rather than flash, so if you want a more detailed technical book on how to use flash then you may need to keep looking.

Where this book really shines is going into detail on how to style your backdrop, props and then your food to improve your food photography.

Food Photography: A Beginners Guide to Creating Appetizing Images – Corinna Gissemann

Corinna Gissemann is a distinguished food photographer who has an amazing food photography portfolio.  In this book, she shares some of her knowledge (of which there is a lot) with the reader.

It starts with a basic guide on how to use your camera and what equipment you may need such as reflectors and flash and then goes a bit more in-depth.  Covering subjects such as hard v soft light, composition and how styling affects your photography.

It also walks you through how to use different lighting techniques with working examples, showing what works and what doesn’t work.

If you already use Adobe Lightroom, or are thinking about using it to organise your images, there is also a whole chapter dedicated to how to get the best out of it for your food photography editing.

Food Photography: Pro Secrets for Styling, Lighting and Shooting – Lara Ferroni

If you already have a good understanding of how your camera works and want to jump straight in with the technical information on how to shoot gorgeous food photography, then look no further.

It’s packed with lighting diagrams which you can try out yourself as well as tips on how to use flash photography for yourself.

There are also plenty of informative explanations on different ways to style and prop your food which will really make your food pop.

Focus on Food Photography for Bloggers: Focus on the Fundamentals – Matt Armendariz

If you’re looking for a really basic book to help you start taking pictures of food for your own blog then this could be the best place to start.

It’s a non-judgemental book and starts you out from the very beginning, so it doesn’t matter how good your gear is.

It features examples of good and bad food photography and goes over some lighting scenarios which you may come across and how to overcome them.

If you are a little more advanced down your food photography path then this could be a little too basic for you but as a first book, it’s a great place to start.

Are there any books you think I have missed from the list of books for food photography?

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