Plate to Pixel has been highly recommended by almost every food blogger friend I know. So I just had to get a copy myself. I got my copy earlier this year. I still use it as a reference. As food/culinary bloggers, photos of our food speak a thousand words. Gorgeous photos are what drive traffic to our blogs. More traffic means more connections, more exposure, and more blog money (for those that monetize). It’s the gorgeous, mouthwatering photos that will get accepted to food porn sites like Foodgawker and Tastespotting. I haven’t ever even bothered submitting any of mine yet because I still don’t like any of my photos. I understand that the traffic increase becomes significant when shared on those sites.
Plate to Pixel breaks down the complicated camera mumbo jumbo to make things so much easier to understand. It has enough information without overwhelming the food photography novice. Prior to reading the book, I was pretty much clueless about the trinity utilized in photography, F stop, ISO, and Shutter Speed. I mean, I gained some idea of what those things were in Food Blogging for Dummies, another great reference for food blogging. But when I was reading Food Blogging for Dummies, I was more focused on how to even start a blog. Kelly Senyei does a good job in her Eating with Your Eyes section about camera settings and the importance of photography. I made note of things for future reference since it really didn’t apply to me at the time since all I had was an iPhone. Auto, manual, ISO….all that crap did not mean anything to this then iphone shooter.