There’s no way around it. Blog readers are as interested in the visual aspects of the food as the content. So if you’re writing about food you ate or cooked, you need to be just as good at taking the photos as you are at writing.
How do you get there? Fortunately, there’s tons of good information online about improving your photography skills, much of it provided by friendly bloggers, including those who win awards for their work.
Generous food bloggers who share their knowledge:
- Lauren Ulm’s photo discussion on Vegan Yum Yum
- Still Life With… has tons of advice on styling, shooting, props, and gear
- Nikas Culinaria has a Food Photo 101 section
- A discussion of start-up photography costs appear on the Food Blog Alliance website
- David Lebovitz expounds on his food photography gear (scroll down to the end of his post to find more links)
- Simply Recipes has a helpful discussion, and a long list of more links as well
- Smitten Kitchen details her process on food photography
- Donna Ruhlman has an excellent blog on food photography, including a recent post on indoor lighting.
- Culinary Entrepreneurship classes, featuring instructors Matt Armendariz from Matt Bites, caterer Denise Vivaldo and stylist Cindie Flannigan. Classes are based in California and include food styling and photography techniques for bloggers, plus food styling workshops and classes. They’ve even got one coming up in Singapore
- Photo Styling Workshops has online classes on food styling techniques and prop styling
- Check out Lou Manna’s website for food photography workshops.
- Digital Food Photography, by Lou Manna. A basic guide on becoming a food photographer, including working with art directors and food stylists, that also covers camera angles, lighting, and post-production
- Food Styling for Photographers: A Guide to Creating Your Own Appetizing Art, by Linda Bellingham. This professional photographer has photographed for Baskin Robbins Ice Cream, Harry & David, and more. The book covers set-ups, lighting, and before, during and final photos
- Working the Plate: The Art of Food Presentation, by Christopher Styler and David Lazurus. A pictorial on food styling, with illustrations of each technique.
If you don’t want to take your own photos
- Donna Ruhlman offers free medium resolution photos for blogs. She will email the image to you.
- Photo sites such as iStockphotos have a huge selection of gorgeous shots, but you have to pay.
Please chime in if you have a terrific resource I didn’t list, or if you disagree that the stakes are high for gorgeous photography in food blogs these days.
Photo Copyright FreeStockImages.org (very limited food photos)