Plate to Pixel

I’ve always been a bit of a frustrated photographer. There are few thing I appreciate more than a beautifully captured photo, yet I struggle to capture those perfect images myself. Maybe it’s just my perfectionist nature, but I get aggravated when my pictures don’t look comparable to the pros. For my 30th birthday last month, my parents gave me a Canon Rebel t3i and I’m enjoying the control and flexibility provided by a DSLR. Any photographer will tell you the first step in learning your camera is to actually read the entire manual. Perfectionist that I am, I did this and thought I had a decent understanding of my camera. Enter Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography & Styling and I discovered I was wrong! While Plate to Pixel is broken down into section relating specifically to food-photography, it also explained camera settings and functions in a way my camera manual failed to do.

Plate to Pixel is divided into eight chapters:

  1. Photography Basics
  2. Camera Settings and Modes
  3. Natural Light Photography
  4. Artificial Light Photography
  5. Composition
  6. Setting Up for Capture
  7. Styling
  8. After Capture

Since food photography interests me so much, I’m reading the book from cover-to-cover. However, it is laid out in such a way that you can easily navigate through the book and learn what you need in the order you need it. I took the pictures below after reading the first 50 pages of the book and was thrilled to finally have food pictures I could be proud of! The garden-fresh tomato tasted just as good as it looks in case you were wondering.

At the time I’m writing this review I’m reading about setup and styling and can’t wait to watch my food pictures evolve thanks to Plate to Pixel.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.

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  1. I have that book in my cart at Amazon. I guess I should just go ahead and get it!

  2. I need a good camera. I love my iPhone, and have captured some great photos with it, but would love to really take photography more seriously.

  3. looks like a great book with important chapters. I think I may need to get this to help me with my food blog posts.

  4. I just bought this book this month. Haven’t had time to read it yet, but I got it!

  5. I need to get this book. I’ve had my fancy camera for over a year and I still don’t know how to use it.

  6. Wow, I love how you captures the water spraying!

  7. I am just getting into learning how to use my camera this looks like a good book.

  8. It looks like I need this book! I love your photos! Beautiful!

  9. This looks really interesting and helpful. I need to get a good camera. The last one is broken.

  10. I could definitely use that book! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Your photos look great to me. However, I sure could use that book. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Ooooh, what a great book to have!

  13. With photos like the ones you’ve taken, you could write the book. :)

  14. I’m so bad at taking photos!

  15. Looks like a great book!

  16. FOOD PORN! I want this book.

  17. Zippy!! lol!!!

    I would love a new camera!!

  18. I love looking at photos. I wish I could take good ones.

  19. Wow…I need this book!

  20. Wow! I love your pictures. That book looks great!

  21. how fun. I can’t wait to hear about the tips you learned

  22. The tomato pictures are fabulous. I’m amazed at how you’re putting what you read into action.

  23. I need to check this out. I would love to get better at food photography

  24. That book really is amazing I bought it last month its written so well!

  25. Confession – I bought this book a few months ago and still haven’t found time to read it. Sigh. One of these days I’ll brush the dust off and read it.

  26. Sounds like a great book!!

  27. I want to buy this book!

  28. I bought that book last month — I haven’t finished it but I can DEFINITELY tell a huge difference in my photos already. Huge difference.

  29. I can barely get a decent picture with my digital point and shoot. I’d hate to get a DSLR and have more expensive awful pictures. Yours are great though!

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