Never in my life has a more perfect review been placed before me. I am currently building up my portfolio for my soon to be food photography business but wanted and needed some help trying to BLOG it all. I can take amazing photos, but my writing could use a lot of help. I was sent a great set of books to help me get started. For me, becoming a food professional and starting to gather my portfolio for food photography, these books were just what I needed, both to improve my photography, which is my best trait, and teach me to really WRITE. I have a writing style that is casual but to be taken seriously when I write about food as a JOB, I need to improve. The Pinterest books I needed as well because Pinterest is very quickly becoming a viral showplace for food and art that drives traffic, which for me, equals ad revenue. I read all of these books this summer and here are my thoughts on each :
Food Blogging For Dummies
by Kelly Senyei : This was the most interesting read for me. While I am really good at the photography part, I am not so good at the writing sometimes. Often I am in a hurry and my food writing suffers with quick hand internet speak. This book has full color amazing examples of great food blog designs, different elements, and even better resources to help your writing and later, marketing! I learned the most from this book, great for a new food blogger!
Food Styling and Photography For Dummies
by Allison Parks-Whitfield: This book surprised me. I took classes last year that should have taught me everything I needed to know about plating but unfortunately these classes were victims of a crappy decision and it just didn’t teach me that much. I learned more about plating reading this book than I did in college. This book breaks down why it is good to have a kit ready with tools for photography. It talks about lighting and moods as well. This is a very good book for beginners who are starting out because the for dummies format makes it really easy to understand.
Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography & Styling
by Helene Dujardin : Absolute must have for anyone looking to start food photography or to take better photographs of their food for blogging. Covers lighting, accessories, plating, tricks, and for newbies to using a dSLR, she has a very good and clear explanation of how to shoot in manual. Stunning full color here.
Pinterest For Dummies
by Kelby Carr : This book is perfect for teaching the basics and how you should use pinterest to help you. I already use Pinterest but now I know some tricks to using it more to my advantage. She lists some great pinners to follow and I love that because I have found even more great inspiration!
Pinterest Marketing For Dummies
by Kelby Carr : I think that Kelby was brilliant writing an entire book devoted to marketing pinterest to generate income and exposure. This book teaches you what you should be doing with brands for them to follow you and even interacting. This book is the answer to why there wasn’t a long marketing chapter in her first book.
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