My Favorite Food Styling Book

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My Favorite Food Styling Book

By |2018-07-07T11:48:04+00:00November 3rd, 2009|Categories: Reviews|Tags: |2 Comments

I recently did a “Food Photography” clinic with Rich Legg and mentioned one of my favorite books on food styling. The book, Food Styling for Photographers by Linda Bellingham and Jean Ann Bybee, is exactly what you would expect. It explains food styling for someone who is a photographer but doesn’t have much (or any) experience styling the food.

The reason I really like this book is, because it is primarily written from the perspective of a food stylist, it focuses more on the actual styling of the food, so it has very little information on technique and lighting for photography. (If you need a book about photographing food then I would recommend a book such as Digital Food Photography by Lou Manna.) It’s also written very well and has a lot of photos to illustrate the methods described in the book, and while it does describe ways to style specific meals most of the methods you learn can be applied to many other food items.

Ideally it’s best to have a professional food stylist at the photo-shoot, especially if you are hired to photograph food for commercial purposes for an organization that has the budget for it, but when you do what I do (micro-stock) or just want to photograph food for your blog or for fun then there really isn’t the budget to spend $500+ on a professional stylist. I find that this book is more than helpful and I highly recommend it for photographers who want to give food photography a try.

About the Author:

Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website,


  1. Ryan November 3, 2009 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the book links. I forgot to write them down.

    You and Rich did a great job. It was my first event, but am now hooked. Thank you for the time you guys spent setting it all up.

  2. Adrian Parkinson November 9, 2009 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    I just stumbled upon your blog today and read about the food photo clinic you did this past weekend. I wish I would have heard about it earlier since I am very interested in learning more about food photography. I was curious, will you have future food photo classes?

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