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Dec 21, 2014 11:37 |  #1

Hello everyone,
I've been playing around with food photography for a little bit now and just had a general question. Do you stylize/cook your own food for shooting? How'd you get better at styling? Any recommended books or videos?


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Dec 21, 2014 22:47 |  #2

I know there are a couple of workshops for sale at http://www.creativeliv​e.com (external link) that focus on food photography. At least one of them uses some styling...


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Dec 21, 2014 23:14 |  #3

If you're just starting out and trying to get practice there are a ton of books on Amazon aimed at food photography and food styling. I imagine it would be cheaper to start there than to hire a stylist.


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Dec 26, 2014 17:26 |  #4

Thanks gentlemen




  
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Jan 06, 2015 03:18 |  #5

Check out foodgawker.com :D




  
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Jan 06, 2015 03:37 |  #6

"Do you stylize/cook your own food for shooting?"

Yes - it is all I can afford ;-)a Seriously, cooking and styling your own food is a great way to learn and not go hungry. Find a food blogger you like, select a recipe that appeals to you and photograph it - then enjoy eating it.

The Pioneer Woman food blog (external link) is a good site to explore ... some pretty tasty and visually appealing recipes.


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Jan 08, 2015 20:37 |  #7

Thank you both! :-)




  
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Jan 12, 2015 12:56 |  #8

Food Styling for Photographers and The Foodstylists Handbook are both very good. Show you the tricks of the trade, i.e. faking frosting on a glass, replacing ice cream (which melts away fast) with mashed potatoes, create nice sear marks on meat, 'brown' a roast, etc. Some of these make the food inedible though. There are also a couple good books on food photography, just poke around on Amazon, some might even have the 'look inside' feature and the reviews by other readers are always helpful.

Food + Photography = Fun :-P


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Jan 14, 2015 08:57 |  #9

This is an area that i certainly lack in. But, I think looking at other's setups and trial and error is a good start


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Feb 02, 2015 20:31 |  #10

I do some food photography for my little blog but I don't go over board and use whatever I have :) This one was accepted by Foodgawker :)


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Feb 06, 2015 11:57 |  #11

Watch cooking reality tv shows. You can see what lots of other chefs do for styling their food.


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Feb 06, 2015 15:18 |  #12

I don't think that I have anything on my website that I styled. As a Food Stylist once joked, "It's like a straight man styling Fashion". Besides, I really don't do it well and love collaborating on projects especially when it's for a client. I will stick to what I do well.


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Mar 26, 2015 19:35 |  #13

Get in touch with a local cooking school/culinary program. The number of chefs that want to transition into food styling has exploded in recent years. Seems there's always someone looking to test.


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May 05, 2015 15:21 |  #14

I just subscribe to a load of food magazines like Bon Appetit, Saveur and some others from across the pond. I get inspired from them. I dont think you need to take courses. When im shooting for some larger clients i have a stylist come in and love it. If could with her every shoot i would.


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