photographing FOOD

Earlier this year, our friend and fellow blogger Taylor asked if we’d want to review his new internet magazine, photographing FOOD.

Taylor’s own blog, Taylor Takes a Taste, has always been a favorite site of mine for delicious recipes, handy how-to, and most obviously – GORGEOUS PHOTOGRAPHY!  His posts about Madison, WI on his other blog [yes, he has another project of awesome, too! Taylor Tailgates] are some of my favorites – no surprise there!

At first glance I knew that Taylor’s new venture is the perfect resource to share with this community full of food lovers and bloggers on a path of growth and improvement in 2013!  I asked the awesome ladies behind Team HLB to take a look at photographing FOOD and let me know what they thought, too.  Here’s what five different women with various levels of photography experience have to say about the magazine.  -Heather

cover_1_299_400Photographing Food: Window Lighting is a great resource for any food photographer who is looking to change up their photos.

Taylor offers several suggestions for altering your photos by taking advantage of different lighting settings. Some of the ideas are ones that I’ve seen before, but they’re presented with a fresh eye and beautiful photos as a result.

Photographing Food is marketed towards photographers at any level, but I think an understanding of your camera and its settings is important in order to get the most out of the information.

Overall, Photographing Food is a helpful resource for using and understanding lighting in food photography, and the $5 price tag is hard to beat. – Sarah

Photographing FOOD is a wonderful collection of examples and ideas for clueless food bloggers like myself. After reading the first issue, I have learned so much! – Alicia

PrintI really enjoyed that, aside from camera settings and lighting, Taylor also showed some tricks of the trade for making images interesting; garnishes, beer foam, pouring syrup, etc.

I also really liked that he showed you different examples of lighting situations, showed you how they were done, but then let you make up your own mind about which scenario fit your style better.  There isn’t a “right” and “wrong” way.

Sometimes the text was confusing for me to read when it was in columns next to each other.  Like it looked like separate chunks, not things that you needed to read left to right like a normal paragraph of text so my eye kind of bounced back and forth. –Kelly

As someone who is still relatively unexperienced with photography (all hail the “auto” setting!), this was a really helpful resource. Some of the ideas that Taylor shares are not really adaptable to someone like myself living in a city apartment, but I really liked some of the smaller scale suggestions he offered. I loved that he shared the camera settings she used for the final shots throughout the magazine. Overall, I felt so encouraged to play around with all that my camera has to offer! – Mindy

imageIf you already know the basics of shooting in manual mode (ISO, aperture, shutter speed, etc) and want to perfect your lighting set-up or get some inspiration on your styling, Taylor Mathis’s “Photographing Food” is a great start.

The only downside was that I kept wanting to break out my red editing pen.  The top new thing I learned?  I had assumed that I should always use diffusion material for my food photography, but Taylor’s magazine taught me that that isn’t actually the case.  Sometimes, not diffused images are better!  –Julie


Currently two issues are available; Window Lighting and Color & Camera, for $5 each.  These aren’t no tiny little e-articles, either. We’re talking over thirty beautiful pages of high quality photography content, friends!  Check it out for yourself: Click here to visit Photographing Food.


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