I must admit that I have a weakness for cookbooks. Beautiful cookbooks. When I enter a bookshop, I can spend hours going through all the cookbooks. I mean.. how salivating are those pictures for god’s sake??
Ha… how I wish the pictures for my recipes were that amazing!
A while ago (I think it was last March), I came across the Oh My Blog events (a french blog school set up by two lovely girls, Marie & Anouk) and joined in to follow a food photography class. I didn’t have a blog at the moment but was really curious about how I could improve my photography skills and that was the kind of posts I wanted to write if I ever had a blog.
Now that I do, I realize that I can only bake on weekends because it takes time both to actually bake the cake and take pictures of it.
In a way, I can’t say this course really helped me develop my sense of composition, I still struggle to find the right arrangements (+ you have to really invest in cute and beautiful tableware), but it clearly helped me getting around with my camera. I try to use the manual mode as much as possible now so that’s a big plus. But one advice they gave us was to actually try to reproduce a food photo that we like, that way you can learn from the best what works and what doesn’t, and how things are neat and organized.
Are there any cookbooks on your wishlist? What are your favorites?
Also, do you think investing in studio lights could really enhance food pictures?