Giveaway: Food Photography By Nicole S. Young

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I’m really excited about this giveaway!  I know all my food blogging friends will love this book!


Food Photography is chuck full of great tips, information, and of course, mouth-watering photos.


Here’s a sneak peek from author/photographer Nicole S. Young.



Doesn’t that video make you want to grab your camera and take some awesome pictures?


I purchased a Canon Rebel T2i over a year ago and even though I have a great “How-To” video of how to use my camera, I still have so much to learn.  I always use my 50mm lens to photograph food and tend to stick to the same settings while playing around with the aperture a bit.  As far as editing my photos, I usually lighten my pictures or adjust the sharpness on iPhoto.  So you see, I can really use some help from Nicole’s book!  I am clueless when it comes to RAW images and Photoshop.  I’m so thrilled to have Nicole’s book to help me out!  I love that she shares her camera settings on her photos so I can compare them to what I typically use on my camera.

Here are the main topics that are discussed in Food Photography:

Chapter 1:  Photography Fundamentals

  • File Types:  RAW and JPEG
  • White Balance
  • The Exposure Triangle:  Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO

Chapter 2:  Photography Equipment

  • Tools of the Trade
  • Digital Cameras
  • Lens and Focal Lengths
  • Tripods and Accessories
  • Lighting Equipment

Chapter 3:  Lighting

  • Techniques for Lighting Food
  • See the Light
  • Quality of Light
  • Backlight is Best
  • Types of Light
  • Lighting Modifiers and Accessories

Chapter 4:  Styling and Props

  • Styling Considerations
  • Ensuring Food Quality
  • Food Styling Basics
  • Styling Tips and Tricks
  • Prop Styling

Chapter 5:  Framing and Composition

  • Improving Your Photos with Sound Compositional Elements
  • Finding Balance
  • Perspective and Framing
  • Focal Length, Lens Compression, & Depth of Field
  • Focus
  • Shapes, Lines, & Colors

Chapter 6:  Processing Images with Adobe Photoshop

  • Bringing Out the Best in Your Photographs
  • Working With RAW Files
  • Photoshop Basics, Tips & Tricks
  • Finishing Touches

Chapter 7:  Behind The Scenes

  • Food Photography From Start to Finish


This book is excellent for food bloggers and anyone that is interested in food styling. I plan on studying this book this summer when I’m on vacation.  Oh!  And guess what?  Nicole has a great blog where you can learn more about photography. She has some great video tutorials and amazing photos!  []

Nicole’s book is available at


Would you like to win a copy of Food Photography?


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    I would like to learn all the different aspects of food photography. I have taken a class to learn some basics on the camera, I had a great teacher and she gave me some pointers. My pics have improved but I would love for them to get even better. Great giveaway

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    Lighting and camera settings, camera settings and lighting! I kept playing the video above, starting and stopping it so that I could absorb what was being shown. When I saw the pic showing the perfect “grill” marks all I could think of was “CHEATERS!” and then felt silly for all of the times I have tried to make grill marks like those while I cooked. LOL. This looks like a perfect book, just what I’ve been wanting. Thanks for telling us about it.

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    debbie says

    Everything, I am a beginner so I could use all the help I could get. I would love to learn to make my pictures come out better.

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    Stephanie Hirsch says

    I’d like to learn the lighting! My pics always turn out dark and unappetizing. =(

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    Patty Jensen says

    I would love to learn how to be fearless and just “do it”. There is so much to learn and understand. The video makes it all seem do-able.

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    cassie says

    Every time I take pics of my food, they always look TERRIBLE! I would love to learn how to take better pics of my food.

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    Marie says

    I would like to win this book for my daughter, who loves to cook and had this book on her birthday list! She has a food blog and would like to improve her photography for the posts she does.

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    I would love to learn more about lighting. Some days the food doesn’t get to the plate until sunset and I still need a good photo! Great giveaway!

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    wombatz cazz says

    I’d like to learn how to transfer photos onto my computer. Ive been wanting to do that for yrs now

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