Oct 2, 2013

Simone’s Digital Food Photography

Simone

Oh, where to start! I let out a big ‘yeah‘ when I received my copy of this book in the mail.

Not just because Simone from Simone’s kitchen is a good friend and a truly remarkable woman, but because I was as excited about this book as she was (I kid you not!). Simone is a great food photographer who happened to write the perfect digital food photography book. That’s a whole lotta superlatives, I know. What? Me… biased? Nah, what makes you say that?

We didn’t have one of these books in the Netherlands yet. Nothing came even remotely close. There are plenty books out there dealing with the ins and outs of photography: styles, techniques, equipment, B&W photography, poses, you name it and it has been covered… besides food. Food photography and food blogging is a whole new ballgame here.

I was really surprised how thorough Simone has been throughout the book. She touches upon so many subjects, techniques and information that it’s dazzling. She takes you by the hand and guides you through the wondrous world of food photography, from the early start to the very end.

It really doesn’t matter if you’re a newbie taking your first careful steps into this niche, or a professional general photographer deciding to try your hand at food photography, everyone will be able to get something out of this book.
 

Of course, and this is the first thing you notice when you flip through the pages, the book is filled with lots of eye candy and food shots that make your mouth water.
Simone

 
You’ll also notice that the book is written in normal, plain Dutch. Jip-en-janneketaal, as we Dutchies like to call it. Nothing too technical, no pretenses and not belittling, she’s like a good friend trying to teach you the basics.

All this with a healthy dose of Simone’s dry sense of humour peeking through the pages here and there. Loved how she kept her own voice.
 

Loads of action shots where she explains in detail how and why she uses certain settings and techniques. This is always helpful!
Simone

The book coveres equipment, settings, basic photography rules and how-to’s. It shows you how to get the best out of the light you have to work with, be it natural or artificial, with plenty of set-up photos to give you something to start with.
Simone

She jotted down lots of helpful tips and tricks to help you enhance your photos without making them look like someone gave your toddler access to Photoshop saturation settings.
Simone

Heck, she even wrote a whole chapter on photographing those dreaded and pesky ominous casseroles foodies are bound to deal with during autumn and winter time.
Simone

Told you it was an all-embracing book.

 
Another important subject Simone covers—one that’s inextricably connected to food photography—is styling. There’s just no getting around learning how to properly plate and style your setup. Extremely useful tips in this section!
 

Simone also shares the do’s and don’ts of blogging; something she had to learn the hard way since she’s somewhat of a ‘yes, why don’t I start yet another blog’ addict who must be stopped now and then. *coughs*
Simone

And this was a surprise and goes to show why Simone is so very loved: she’s a sweetie. It had J-man yelling: “My photo is in a book. My photo is in a book” for a good 5 minutes. It was pretty hilarious.
Simone

If you’re Dutch (or if you read Dutch), own a camera and really want to learn how to take better food photos, this is the book for you!

You rock, lady! Proud of you.