Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography & Styling

Review: Plate to Pixel

Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography and StylingFood photography is a booming genre for professional and hobbyist photographers.  An incredibly challenging art form, sometimes the photographer has only minutes to take a few shots before the food is no longer at its photographic best.  Additionally, the photographer not only has to get the perfect shot, but they are sometimes in charge of the food styling as well. It’s demanding but many pros and amateurs are working to expand their offerings beyond basic portrait and family photography to include food photography for local businesses and online use.

Author and food photographer, Helene Dujardin, walks readers through food photography and styling from beginning to end, in her new book, Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography & Styling (Wiley; May 2011).  From photography fundamentals such as composition, lighting, and exposure, to food styling tips on making food look as appetizing as possible, this book is the comprehensive resource to turn to when shooting food.

Photographing food is complex and Dujardin aims to help readers develop their food photography skills with the techniques in her new book. Knowing how to make a dessert look so luscious that viewers gain two pounds just gazing at it gives the photographers the power to tease taste buds from miles away. Whether showcasing the creations coming out of a personal kitchen, or aspiring to a career in food photography, readers will devour the information in Plate to Pixel.  Coverage includes:

  • Discovering how to use natural light to capture stunning images
  • Learning how to work with your camera modes and settings
  • Fine-tuning exposure
  • Composing the most appetizing photo
  • Telling a story with light
  • Adding pizzazz with herbs, sauces, and easy styling techniques
  • Learning trade secrets for photographing items such as ice cream and stews
  • Developing an after-capture workflow process to improve food photos

Dujardin’s book is a revelation to anyone who fancies themselves a food photographer or wants to become one.  Her background as a chef gives her special incite to the way food should look on film; she understands plate presentation.  She discusses in depth lighting, color and all of the tricks of the trade.

If you are a food blogger or food photographer you need a copy of Plate to Pixel on your bookshelf.  It’s a tome you’ll refer back to time and again.  I know I do.

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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2015 1st Place Luck of the Irish Cook-off
2015 4th Place Downtown Cajun Cook-off
2015 2nd Place Fins' Wings & Chili Cook-off
2014 2015 4th Place LA Gumbo Cook-off
2012 Taste Award nominee for best chef (web)
2012 Finalist in the Safeway Next Chef Contest
2011 Taste Award Nominee for Little Grill Big Flavor
2011, 12 Member: Council of Media Tastemakers
2011 Judge: 29th Chef's of the Coast Cook-off
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Wing Cook-off
2011 Cooking Channel Perfect 3 Recipe Finalist
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Gumbo Cook-off
2011 Culinary Hall of Fame Member
2010 Tasty Awards Judge
2010 Judge: Bayou La Batre Gumbo Cook-off
2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award Nominee
2010 Chef2Chef Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2010 Denay's Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2009 2nd Place Bay Area Food Bank Chef Challenge
2008 Tava: Discovery Contest Runner-up


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