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In an effort to enhance my skills in the area I've enrolled myself in some cooking classes and I've been studying the styling of food. Just like when I started photographing weddings and I went to dress shops and learned all I could about wedding gowns, food knowledge is essential to photographers of the genre.
Since I live in a fairly small city, when I do photograph food I'm usually left to style it myself. I'm not aware of a single food stylist in my area and if I'm not doing it, it's usually the chef. That might seem OK, but a chef will style according to how it looks good on a plate to a customer, not to a camera angle.
I've been purchasing a lot of food photography books over the past year, but recently I found one that was completely dedicated to styling the food, and aimed at photographers. Food Styling for Photographers: A Guide to Creating Your Own Appetizing Art by Linda Bellingham, Jean Ann Bybee and Brad Rogers is full of typical food styling challenges and examples and speaks the language of photographers.
If you're new to the genre like me and are looking for help in styling your own food, then this book is a great addition to your bookshelf. I will say that if you have access to a food stylist, that would be preferable (and if your budget allowed for it). My only real knock on this book is that it relies heavily on very artificial food styling techniques whereas my preference is for very natural looking and styled food. Having said that I absolutely was able to take some helpful techniques from the pages of the book for my own work.
I'm glad you're back with me on the Photography Ramblings Blog. It's good to be writing again.