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Foodblogger's Photography


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Presentation by Nola James at the inaugural Australian Foodblogger’s Conference: Eat.Drink.Blog held in Melbourne, 221 March 2010

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Foodblogger's Photography

  1. 1. There are three elements to a great food blog <ul><li>a great story </li></ul><ul><li>great writing </li></ul><ul><li>great photography </li></ul>
  2. 2. What do I need? Not a photography degree that’s for sure! Nor do you need a $10,000 camera. It’s all about care and attention to detail.
  3. 4. Why? The art of eating, which is why we are all here, is about many more senses than just taste. A food blog with no photography can feel a bit like a cook book with no pictures. Your audience will be drawn to the visual.
  4. 5. Screenshot from:
  5. 7. Sometimes words are not enough
  6. 8. What should I shoot?
  7. 9. Food photography can be a long and laborious process - great food photography takes time and planning Screenshot from:
  8. 10. Or, get someone else to take the photographs for you Kuala Lumpur-based freelance writer Robyn Eckhardt and photographer David Hagerman ( have lived in Asia for more than thirteen years. Their work has appeared in Saveur, Travel+Leisure, Wall Street Journal Asia, Chicago Tribune, South China Morning Post, and Lonely Planet guides. Screenshot from:
  9. 11. <ul><li>natural light </li></ul><ul><li>a high ISO if necessary </li></ul><ul><li>depth of field </li></ul><ul><li>a steady hand </li></ul>
  10. 12. Make Photoshop your friend Before After
  11. 13. Choose your location wiseley
  12. 14. Where can I learn more? Websites like , a series of articles aimed at bloggers to inform and educate the viewer regarding the craft, science, business, and art of food photography. Adult Ed How to manuals Food magazines and cook books - there is nothing wrong with emulating the pros Above all, practice. It’s digital. Just keep shooting, even if your meal gets cold.