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Creating Imagery for a Cookbook Layout


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What You'll Be Creating

As you move through this lesson, you'll learn how to create outstanding photos that will not only accompany, but also enhance, any step-by-step recipe. As an added bonus, I've teamed up with designer and Tuts+ Instructor Grace Fussell, who will be using my photos to create a cookbook layout in InDesign.

This type of project requires advanced planning and collaboration. Rather than whipping out my camera and taking pictures of whatever happened to be in my fridge, I reached out to Grace and we discussed the details of the project before a single photo was ever taken. Grace and I decided which types of food we wanted to work with, established the number of spreads that would be included, and planned out what each spread would cover.

A detail photo of dill used in the recipe.

In the following video, you'll have the chance to check out each of the different photo set-ups that were required for this shoot. You'll also learn how I lit each item, and gain extra insight as I explain the motivation behind all of the steps I take. Finally, you'll discover how to create dynamic detail shots and stunning images of completed delectable dishes.

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If you have any questions about cookbook photography or working with a designer, please leave me a comment!