Which are the best food photography books?

Which are the best books for food photography

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Find out which food photography books you should invest in to take better food pictures for your blog, website or social media

Food photography, and especially food photography for Instagram, has become a big part of my life since I started blogging.

Most food bloggers start out with a vague idea that photography is somewhat important, before realizing the learning curve that comes with shooting mouth-watering, Pinterest-worthy food photography.

And it can be a steep learning curve.

There are courses in photography (and even specifically in food photography) available but, like many other photographers and food bloggers before me, I’ve approached food photography as a self-teaching challenge.

I bought a bunch of food photography books, eventually invested in a decent camera (my beloved [affiliate link] Canon EOS 1300D) and practice, practice, practiced.

Like any other skill, practice and experimentation are essential. Yes, you need the basics of photography, styling and camera use, but really and truly, trial-and-error is your friend.

I don’t claim to be a food photography expert – as mentioned, I’m totally self-taught. So I’ve gathered the very best food photography books from the experts, to help you on your food photography journey.

You can get all of these food photography books on Amazon, except [affiliate link] The Food Photography Book by Nagi Maehashi, which isn’t available on Amazon, and to be honest, is the one I’d really recommend if you can only invest in one book)

Food Photography Books Worth Investing In

The Food Photography Book


Nagi Maehashi

This food photography book is an absolute game-changer. Nagi is the food photography expert, covering not just the technical aspects of photography and styling, but also practical how-tos and thorough tips on everything from setting up a shoot to final editing. If you only invest in one food photography book, this is the one!

Food Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots

Nicole, S. Young, 2015

From professional photographer Nicole S. Young, this is commonly recognised as the food photography bible. One of the best food photography books available on Amazon, Nicole covers aspects from the basics of digital photography and lighting, through to styling a shoot.

Food Styling: The Art of Preparing Food for the Camera

Dolores, Custer, 2010

This one really is an investment, but worth every penny. From a professional food styler, this book is less about the technical ins and outs of photography, and more about styling food to create that perfect shot.

Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography & Styling

Helene Dujardin, 2011.

Another real investment book, this tome takes a deep dive into every aspect of food photography, from the technicalities of digital camera use and editing, to food styling and beyond.

Food Photography: A Beginner’s Guide to Creating Appetizing Images

Corinna Gissemann, 2016

Great as another more affordable option for beginners, this book goes into detail about the roles of equipment, exposure, lighting, composition and styling in food photography

Focus on Food Photography for Bloggers: Focus on the Fundamentals

Matt Armendariz, 2012

This book has a particular focus on food photography for bloggers, and is especially useful as a guide to food bloggers ready to step up their food photography game.

Food Photography & Lighting: A Commercial Photographer’s Guide to Creating Irresistible Images

Teri Campbell, 2012

This book approaches food photography from an entirely different angle: that of a commercial photographer. With a focus on lighting, equipment and studio set-up, Teri shows us the professional side to food photography.

There’s my guide to the best books to improve your food photography. If you’re only able to invest in one, I would truly recommend Nagi Maehashi’s The Food Photography Book^ as the best first-time investment.

Which are the best books for food photography

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