Tasty Food Photography

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I have never been more excited to share a post with you than I am today! I’ll admit, it’s a close second with those Mexican Sweet Potato Skins and the Best Ever Brownies. But no doubt – today’s post wins!

The eBook, Tasty Food Photography, is finally here!

So let’s get right to it. Here’s a little bit of my story.

A couple years ago I started writing a food blog called Pinch of Yum as a hobby for my evenings and weekends.  As an amateur cook and photographer, I had a lot to learn.  I was using a DSLR camera, but I had no idea how to use it.  My blog readers consisted of my mom and a handful of co-workers. I still remember how thrilled I was the first time I had 50 visitors on my site in one day.

As time went on, I started to get more comfortable with the using the manual settings on our DSLR.  I started using more complex photo editing software such as Photoshop and Lightroom. My photos were starting to improve which fueled my desire to keep learning.  I eventually had my first photo accepted to Tastespotting.com, and I was beside myself with excitement about being published and about the number of visitors that it brought to my blog.

As my photos continued to get better, I saw an immense increase in my blog readership.  My average number of unique visitors went from 50 a day to 5,000 a day, which lead to lots of opportunities for monetizing and growing my blog.  In the last 6 months, I’ve had the honor of being pursued by web magazines, e-newsletters, and book publishers. There’s no doubt in my mind that these opportunities were presented to me because of my improved food photography.

Photography is an incredible tool that can have a profound impact on the life of your blog or website.  I’ve learned a lot of things – both big and small – in the last few years, and this book is my way of sharing all that with you. My hope is that these tips and tricks will be practical, easy to read, and ultimately help you take food photos that make people say, “I am dying to eat that right now!”

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Before and After

Food Photography Before and After

What’s in the Book

Tasty Food Photography - Table of Contents

Example Pages

Tasty Food Photography - Manual Basics
Tasty Food Photography - Composition
Tasty Food Photography Step-by-Step Editing in Photoshop

Video Tutorials

Tasty Food Photography - Video Lessons

A Sneak Peak into Tasty Food Photography

Thank You

Thanks for taking the time to check out Tasty Food Photography!

Whether you’re someone who just reads the posts, someone who comments and emails, or someone who buys the book, I am so appreciative of your involvement in Pinch of Yum! Thank you for making the process of food blogging an engaging and rewarding adventure.

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  • - eCookbook with our top 25 recipes
  • - Email Updates for new recipes
  • - Exclusive discounts on our products

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Comments

  1. Yay! So excited about this! Congrats on a new “chapter” in your blogging life!! ;)

  2. Purchased! It looks GREAT!! Now I don’t want to go to work today so I can spend all day reading and baking and taking pictures. Congrats :)

  3. YAY! I’m buying this just as soon as we get that email you mentioned in your last book post.

    I’m honestly so excited. Over the past few days, FG and TS have rejected one of my submissions several times because of lighting and I really have no idea what’s wrong with it. It looks good to me and everyone I’ve shown it to. I’m sure real photographers can easily see the problem, but I definitely can’t. I’m sure this book will help me with my lighting issues. :)

    Congratulations on finishing the book!

    • I JUST sent it out! :)

      • I got it the second I hit submit on this post! I’ve looked at most of the videos and I’m on page 23 and I’m kicking my husband off his computer right now because I only have Paint.net on mine and I need Photoshop. I have to try out the white balance and exposure thing! I’ve devoted the next 6 hours to finishing the book and practicing what I’ve learned. Thank you so much for making this book. It’s so simple (in a good way!) that anyone can understand it. I also love the layout. Oh, and I find page 4 especially delightful. :)

  4. Lizabeth K. says:

    Congratulations, Lindsay! What an accomplishment! :)

  5. This is great!

  6. Loved this post! And I will be buying this! ;)

  7. CONGRAAAAATS!!

  8. Lindsay, Congratulations on your new book. Can’t wait to check it out. Thanks for all the ways you help out us new bloggers get started. You are wonderful!

  9. Congrats, Lindsay, on the book, your success, your evolution, and being pursued by the powers that be! Rock on, sista! You deserve it and your photos are just….gorgeous!

  10. I already feel like I’m learning how to improve my photography just reading the blurbs you’ve shared–wow!

  11. Congrats Lindsay! Can’t wait to look through it!

  12. Congratulations Lindsay!!!! So excited/happy for you!
    Purchasing book NOW!

  13. Great book! Purchased it and read through the whole thing. There are some awesome tips mentioned. Thanks so much for sharing everything you’ve learned!

  14. sara wynn says:

    Hey Lindsay! I’m new-ish here and just want to tell you how much I LOVE your blog and all your recipes (I just pinned almost all of them to pinterest) :) You’re hilarious and you have really amazing recipes. Just wanted to say THANKS for sharing!

  15. Congratulations on a job well done. I marvel at how you make difficult things look easy and turn the mundane into something exciting! :)

  16. Bought it and haven’t been able to stop reading! Quick question though (this may be really dumb) but when I click on the video tutorial links it says it needs a username and password? Where would I get that from?

  17. oh my gosh, I NEED this book. I am telling hubs this is what I need for my birthday.

  18. SO exciting! Congrats! I’ll buy mine very very soon :)

  19. Woo! I’ve just ordered it (I think, I don’t really understand paypal at all…) and I can’t wait to read it! You have such a talent for taking pictures that really show off the food to its very best, everything looks delicious and I’m so inspired by your journey!

  20. Congratulations! Mine is downloading right now. I can’t wait to put your tips into action.

  21. The cover & sample pages look amazing! Congratulations, my lady :-)

  22. Congratulations, Lindsay!! (and Bjork :) ) The book looks beautiful! And this video was awesome too – did you guys do it yourself? We’re both so excited for you on this success!!!

  23. Bought it Lindsay! Going to go through it now! Great job and a big, big congratulations!

  24. Congrats on finishing the book. It looks amazing!

    I just purchased the book and am looking forward to reading it. I’ve gotten a little better recently, but most of my photos still look like you “before” pictures. TS and FG, here I come. :)

  25. Congratulations Lindsay! your posts are an inspiration to me! I look forward to reading the book!

  26. Wow, this looks so great. It’s amazing how you had the time to do all this. This will be very helpful for someone like me who has only been food blogging for a year and am saving up for a DSLR. I know I have a long way to go to take pictures like you but your book will be especially helpful! :)

    • Good for you – keep saving up for that DSLR! It’s super fun to work with once you get the manual settings figured out. And for the time being, keep on learning! It’s all about enjoying the process. :)

  27. Jennifer | Mother Thyme says:

    Congrats! This looks great! Love all the fabulous tips and ideas. Can’t wait to look through it more! :)

  28. Love the book! Bought it yesterday and have only had time to go through the photo editing section. I edited one of my old blog photos that had been denied from tastespotting and now it just got accepted! So excited!

    Can’t wait to read the rest this weekend!

  29. Congrats!! So exciting!

  30. Congrats on publishing your book! It looks like it’s filled with great, helpful advice for everyone interested in photography.

  31. Hey Lindsay, I was just reading through your book (again!) and I had a question about cloudy days. I always liked to take advantage of cloudy days for shooting outside but I just had a foodgawker rejection for “dull/falt lighting” in a cloudy day pic. Any suggestions?

  32. Woo Hoo!!!! Congrats, Lindsay!!! Your book looks terrific!

  33. This book looks amazing! I love how you go step-by-step into the editing process. Congratulations!

  34. Lindsay, I’m so proud of you!! This is wonderful!!! :) I can’t wait to dive in!!!

    Absolutely wonderful. Bravo!

  35. Ok, I just bought the book! I am soo excited to read it and to learn more. I am a new to blogging (6 months) and I already notice a huge change in my photos since day one. I just got my first photo accepted by foodgwaker and I am so excited. Can’t wait to learn all your tricks and techniques!
    xo,
    Jackie

  36. OH my goodness! I’m so excited to get this and read every single page!!!! I was just talking with my hubby about how I wish I could take better pictures of our food and now I will be able to! We have a great camera, but I haven’t been too good with it. Can’t wait to get your book! http://www.tanastable.com/

  37. I just bought your eBook today and already read through the props and setup section! Your blog has inspired me to finally take the plunge and start my own food blog. Thanks for all the valuable information! I already went shopping for props at my local thrift store and can’t wait to get started!

  38. Lindsay’s book has saved my blogging life! She covers EVERYTHING and she breaks it down so even beginners (like me!) can understand. If you are a blogger, you should already know that the photography on your blog is what draws people in and captures them. Read this and your blog will blow up with an increased readership, comments, blog visits, and opportunities will begin to fall into your lap. That’s what has happened with me. I’m so thankful for reading this book and using is as a guide! Thank you SO much Lindsay!

    Sally @ Sally’s Baking Addiction

  39. Hi! I just ran across one of your recipes on Pinterest and it led me to your blog. THANK YOU so much for sharing all that you are doing! I want to start a food blog but am not sure how. I noticed your book and am considering getting it. I have an SLR but have been using my iphone4 for quick and easy uploads to my facebook/twitter accounts for archiving purposes. However, my creative energy is telling me I need to enhance what I have. How much time did you dedicate to your blog in the beginning vs. now? I am doing very simple photo uploads of my garden- but these are outdoor photos and I only shoot out a couple lines of text. I don’t have time with 3 small kids to be in front of a desktop. Any tips!?

    • Hi Brandy! In the beginning, I was blogging whenever I felt like it (maybe 5-7x month). As I got more serious, I decided to post every day. That was TOO MUCH. I’ve settled (for now) on 3x week, which is feasible with my work schedule and lifestyle. I do most of the work on the weekend… probably 4-5 hours between Saturday and Sunday. Don’t push it. You don’t want to get in over your head and you should always ask yourself WHY? Why am I spending time doing this? And/or is there anything else that 5 years from now I will wish I did instead of write a full blog post? It’s a balance between pushing yourself to post on a regular basis, engaging in a fun hobby (blogging), and enjoying your life. Keyword: balance! :) Hard to do, but try to find that balance. Good luck Brandy!

  40. Food photography is always a challenge. Most people prefer clicking pictures in broad daylight. But when you are working 9 to 5, this becomes a challenge. The food pictures should make tongues tingle… well thanks for sharing a few tips here :)

  41. I recently started my own food blog, and your book has been invaluable. I am a total beginner when it comes to photography, and your book explains everything beautifully. I especially love the video tutorials. Thanks, Lindsay!

  42. I’d love to purchase this book, but I have one thing to do first- get a camera. Does the book provide tips for any kind of camera or just DSLRs? Thanks! Congrats on creating such a wonderful and useful book :)

    • Thank you! There is a section with tips for people using point and shoot cameras or camera phones. It’s primarily geared towards DSLR users, but some of the composition and editing tips will apply no matter what camera you’re using! :)

  43. Just purchased and can’t wait to check it out. Thank you!

  44. I found you through Noshing with the Nolands and immediately bought the book. As anyone can tell, I need help. :)

  45. Hi! I desperately need help with my pictures and your ebook seems like just what I need! I remember seeing that you offered a discount when buying the book, was it for subscribing? Do you still offer the discount?

  46. Wow- what an amazing book! I am pinning for you right now- best wishes with it!

  47. Hi Lindsay! I was wondering — can I download this e-book directly onto my iPad, or does it need to be downloaded to a computer?

    Thanks!
    Jaime

  48. This book has been a game changer for me!! I have been shooting in manual since I purchased it and finally understand how to properly use my camera. Thanks for all the work that went into the book bc it certainly has made a HUGE difference in my photography. Your blog is such an inspiration and I am so excited to be a part of the “Club” this spring!!

  49. I ve actually got this as a present to my best friend and she absolutely loved it and it was easy to see how inspired she was although she s already a great photographer. Thanks for the great work!

  50. This morning, a blog I follow called Semi Sweet sent a post entitled I (Heart) Stuff. I was scrolling through and I saw you had an eBook on photography. I thought to myself, “Hmmmm…… is this one of those bloggers who implies never to have taken a bad picture and posts comments on closed blogger groups about how crappy some blogger’s photography is and how they are CLEARLY not professional….yeah, that’s not going to help or be productive”. Then I clicked on the snippet of the book on your post and to my amazement your before pictures look just like my current photographs! I have a DSLR but like you, so I thought if I spent $1,000 on a camera it would take great pictures. Who knew I had to be good too? After I purchased it, I quickly skimmed through the first few pages and I’m thrilled! Thank you so much. I hope to see great improvement in my photography skills and actually proud of my pix in the near future!!

  51. Its a really useful book for all food bloggers – either you are a starter or a couple-years master. As a starter i want to say, that this book helps to skip a few month of studying self alone. There are many interesting and clear tips and tricks. Thanks to Lindsay!

  52. I’ve been a long-time reader, and just wanted to say THANK YOU for all the resources you provide. I love Bjork’s monthly income posts, find Food Blogger Pro to be an incredible asset, and love this book. Thanks for all you do!

  53. Hi Lindsay,
    I just purchased the book.But i don’t know where to download it.Could you help to send to my email shailifalina@yahoo.com
    Thanks Lindsay!Can’t wait to read your book.

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