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.
If you are thinking of starting a food/culinary blog, every seasoned (me still a newbie, but I agree with this) blogger will tell you to learn how to take awesome shots. It’s the money maker. Plate to Pixel will be your best friend as you learn. As I make progress, I hope to expand my skills with more advanced food photography books. But for now, Plate to Pixel, along with endless practice, will be sufficient.
This was the first work related cakeI did. And I swear, it looked a lot better than it does in the picture. The flash was turned on, the angle was bad, and it just resulted in a horrible grainy, blurry picture. Plus, it was ice cream so I had to work fast and also did part of the work in the freezer. I think I could have done a much better job if it was a regular cake. This was a fondant covered cake. I hate fondant. If I were to do it all over again, I don’t think I’d use fondant. And of course, now I would take less shitty pictures.
Prior to blogging and learning what a crime it is to use the flash when taking food photos, I have to admit that I would have been put in food photography jail each time (including in the piano cake photo).
There was a time when I was putting together a culinary portfolio. I am ashamed to even tell you how people were squinting to look the pictures in it. They even resorted to holding my portfolio sideways, upside down to try to figure out WTF my pictures were, or to try to get a better idea of how it was supposed to look, had it been in better lighting and such. I will never forget the advice I was given for my horrible photo taking skills…”These photos are pretty bad. No matter how beautiful your creations may be, if your photos are horrible and hard to make out, you are doing no justice to your food.” I learned the hard way. My pictures were just so overexposed and grainy…just plain ugly.
There are some restaurants that don’t allow diners to take photos of the food. I can understand that. I imagine that the majority of the food snapping diners are not professional food photographers. Imagine if a good portion of those pics fell into the “shitty” category, and then posted all over social media. It wouldn’t do the chefs or restaurants any justice. So it’s totally understandable why some establishments would be strict about photographing their food.
If you haven’t already picked up a copy, you MUST!! Even if you aren’t a food/culinary blogger, you don’t want to be that annoying Yelper or Instagramer that keeps posting ugly, unappetizing looking pics (it may be me sometimes lol but I’m working on it). Nothing annoys chefs more than having beautiful creations butchered with bad photos.