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wrightfood photography manual – digital version!

OK folks, gonna make this one short and sweet. Lots and lots of people have asked for a digital version of the Wrightfood Food Photography manual that I have started selling last week to raise money for Japan.

The original hardback book is available through blurb for $44.44. With the profit that Blurb takes, this leaves $10 for Japan. I make nothing on this sale.

The digital version of this book is available through Tradebit, in both PDF and ePUB formats for $20 I know Tradebit might look a bit hokey, but it is a great German company that do secure digital content downloads and offer the most competitive pricing. Both the PDF format and ePUB format will give $14/sale to Japan – again I make nothing.

I personally would choose the PDF version. The formatting is much nicer, and the images are larger. ePUB has a lot of formatting restrictions, and image size restrictions that does hamper a book like this a bit. The content is still the same – I just think the PDF version is prettier to look at.

So, go buy it! Here is the info on the book again, if you cannot be arsed to look back at the last post:

I wrote a short book on food photography. It covers everything you need to know to get yourself taking great food photos in your house. Examples of how to use scrims, bounce cards, natural light, artificial light. Everything to get you going.

I wanted it to be more than that though. So, what I did was include a bunch of examples. On one full page you see the food photo I took and on the page next to it you get a detailed description of the setup, along with an illustration I did showing exactly how the scene was setup. Where the light was coming from. Where the bounces are. Where the camera is – AND WHY.

There are examples for both natural and artificial light. I talk about lenses, cameras, tripods all that good stuff. I even give advice on composition, scene setup and all that stuff.

By the time you finish this short book, I want you to be able to take really great shots of your awesome food at home. No studio stuff, just a camera and some light, and a few doodads that you can buy at an art supply store.

Sales update: so far the hardback book has sold 75 copies. That means $750 has been raised for Japan. That is awesome. You guys are brilliant, absolutely brilliant. I am hoping the digital versions of this book will help push this number much higher!

And one final thing.. I know that with this digital version it is easy to pirate and copy it for your friends. Since this book is entirely for charity, you frankly are a total scum bag if you think this is acceptable. It has nothing to do with how much work I put in to the thing, it has everything to do about raising money for people who desperately need our help.

On location food photography setup

Sometimes we don’t get to work with our lovely little setup in our home or studio for food photography. Sometimes we walk in to a job not knowing what to expect, and hoping that the gear you have crammed in to your car is going to be what is needed to do it right.

I figured it might be rather interesting to do a post on food photography from a slightly different perspective – that is on location shooting.

The interest here is working with the unknown. Adapting your regularly successful food photography setup to work in a new location with different lighting and space requirements. This is a useful exercise even if you never plan to shoot anywhere else but your home/studio.

Click to read this post on food photography advice and tips

Food Photography class with Penny De Los Santos

On one rather cold and sunny morning in December I walked into one of Seattle’s best restaurants carrying my camera bag, tripod and laptop. Walking through the door the first thing that struck me was just how darn packed the place was. Packed with food bloggers and photographers.

We were all there for one thing – the same thing. A food photography class from Penny De Los Santos.

To call Penny a food photographer is like calling the Pope a churchgoer. She has shot for National Geographic, Saveur magazine, Time magazine, Newsweek, and most likely a whole heck of a lot more. Her portfolio covers food, travel, landscapes – and now she is teaching a food photography workshop right here in lovely little Seattle.

Click to see more, and food photography tips from Penny De Los Santos

Steamy Kitchen Cookbook

Steamy Kitchen Cookbook

I don’t really do cookbook reviews on my blog. I am bad at writing them, and they just seem to come across as a little bit cheesy and at worst like I was paid to write them. That certainly isn’t this lanky Englishman’s cup of tea. Not one bit.

This is different though. “How so?” you might ask..

I took some of the photo’s for Jaden’s book for one.

This isn’t really a review of the book.. goto amazon for that…

Read more about the Steamy Kitchen Cookbook