Food Photography Manual by Matt Wright, Giveaway – 2 copies

by on April 21, 2011

We’re so proud of our amazing friend, Matt Wright of Wright Food. Not only is he a wonderful dad, husband, cook, blogger and charcuterie meister, Matt is a wonderful food photographer as well. His generosity and hard work are further obvious in his latest project for Japan’s devastating earthquake aid.

Matt has been working for months on a food photography manual, detailing is workflow, set-up, tips and tricks to his beautiful food photography.

He has compiled a gorgeous manual to teach and share all that he can to the community.

But wait, he’s gone even farther and is selling this book and donating all the profits to Japan’s aid. He makes absolutely no money off this!!

Matt has the hugest, most generous heart and this self-less project is just one example of what a shining, wonderful person he is.

Read more about his food photography manual on his blog.

So to celebrate this amazing project, we’re personally buying 2 copies of his food photography manual and giving them away!

The giveaway rules are simple:

  • For one entry: Tell us what you want to improve on food photography, comment below
  • For bonus entry: twitter this giveaway with both our twitter handles – @whiteonrice and @wrightfood , then return to comments section & leave the link there.
  • Giveaway will end on Sunday, May 1st at midnight PST.
  • Both winners will be selected by random number generator or twitter and announced back on this blog on Tuesday, May 3rd.

Food & Light Photography Workshop: We’re also so honored to be teaching a food photography workshop with Matt Wright and our friend Jen Yu of Use Real Butter in Colorado in August! Come join us! Details to sign up are at Food and Light website.

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{ 240 comments… read them below or add one }

1 simplyblythe April 21, 2011 at 10:42 pm

i need all the food photography help i can get!

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2 Nate @ House of Annie April 21, 2011 at 11:21 pm

I want to improve on my composition and lighting.

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3 Corina Acosta April 21, 2011 at 11:40 pm

I want to improve on coveying more emotion in my photography of food through use of color. I love how color can be one of the most compelling tools for telling a story when there are no words.

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4 Kitt April 22, 2011 at 12:13 am

Sweet! I’ll play. I’d like some styling tips. I get lots of inspiration from you all, but I don’t always understand WHY something looks so good one way and not another.

xoxo

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5 Emma @ Poires au Chocolat April 22, 2011 at 12:39 am

It looks like such beautiful book, and what a great cause. I’d like to improve my lighting set up.

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6 Ishwariya April 22, 2011 at 1:26 am

I’d like simply to know where to start with food photography!
Thanks

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7 Muy Bueno Cookbook April 22, 2011 at 2:08 am

I love the clarity I get with some of my shots but know I have so much more to learn. A handy dandy book like this would be fan-tabulous! Veronica

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8 Andrea April 22, 2011 at 2:13 am

Thank you so much for this giveaway. I would love to have a copy of this book. I’m still learning about food photography, I think I’m getting better every day but there is still a lot of room for improvement. I’m mostly struggling with food composition and sometimes I have a lot of trouble with lights. Anyway this book would be a great help. :)

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9 Eva April 22, 2011 at 2:50 am

I need to improve on everything, especially find a good camera to take photos.

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10 Egle April 22, 2011 at 3:11 am

I love photography and trying to learn how to take better photos every day, I enjoy taking photos of still life, but somehow when it comed to food photography i get stuck, so Wrightfood book by Matt Wright would be a real help and much appreciated!xxx

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11 Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living April 22, 2011 at 3:23 am

I’m starting to do a better job of staging my photographs, but I still need to work on lighting. I’d love a DSLR one day, but for now I’m trying my best using the manual mode on my point and shoot! This is a great giveaway :). Off to tweet about it!

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12 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 22, 2011 at 3:27 am

Omg I am soooo excited to meet all 3 of you in Boulder! I just did a photography workshop with Matt & Adam in LA last weekend and it rocked. Can’t wait to learn more. I want help staging my shots and elements that go into a great shot to consistently (and quickly) set up my shots better.

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13 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 22, 2011 at 3:28 am

Tweeted/following

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14 Stacy April 22, 2011 at 4:08 am

What a wonderful project. I need help with lighting!

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15 egidija April 22, 2011 at 4:08 am

lighting, lighting and one more time lighting….

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16 Alison April 22, 2011 at 4:23 am

Definitely lighting. I love natural light but my cooking always seems to get done in the evening after natural light options have gone.

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17 Katie April 22, 2011 at 4:25 am

I’d like to learn about getting the most out of your available resources. I have great light but only for a few hours of the day, and never seem to capitalise on it.

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18 Yoly April 22, 2011 at 4:27 am

I need help with the composition and lighting. I’m a newbie when it comes to photographing food and can take all the help I can get.

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19 latenac April 22, 2011 at 4:36 am

Mainly I’d like to improve lighting. Composition as well but really lighting.

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20 Lauren at Keep It Sweet April 22, 2011 at 5:04 am

I’d like to improve the focus of my photos and learn how to use a real camera.

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21 Pure2raw twins April 22, 2011 at 5:25 am

I would love to improve composition and lighting, as well learn how to use tri-pod.

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22 Brianne April 22, 2011 at 5:34 am

I really need help figuring out how to utilize light to get the best photos. I don’t have a lot of natural light in my nearly windowless kitchen, and by the time I get dinner done, it’s usually dark out.

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23 Courtney April 22, 2011 at 5:34 am

I’d like to improve on both natural and artificial lighting.

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24 Urban Wife April 22, 2011 at 5:41 am

Since most of my food photography occurs at night, I would love some pointers on how to best utilize what lighting, etc. I have to my advantage. What a generous giveaway!

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25 Brooke (Baking with Basil) April 22, 2011 at 5:53 am

Any and all aspects! But I would really like to learn more about lighting and staging.

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26 Michelle April 22, 2011 at 6:09 am

Matt Wright is an amazing inspiration. Thank you two for being so freaking generous! I know that with time my photography will (and has for that matter) improve. The more I read, look at other great work then try and implement these techniques into my work everything seems to improve. Honestly I am not sure what I want to improve specifically, I would love someone to shed a little insight on what qualities my photos have and what the are lacking, this book could help me in self discovery.

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27 Brandon April 22, 2011 at 6:10 am

I am still trying to nail down the perfect workflow!

Thanks,
Brandon

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28 d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo April 22, 2011 at 6:29 am

I need a lot of improvement! I want to learn what I’m doing before I invest in an expensive camera.

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29 Jessica April 22, 2011 at 6:41 am

I definitely would like to learn more about setting the scene and telling a story with my photography. Would love a great resource! Thanks for offering this giveaway!

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30 Divina April 22, 2011 at 6:44 am

Can I answer everything about food photography? The lighting, the angles, the composition, etc,

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31 Cecilie Ødegård April 22, 2011 at 6:45 am

Hi. I need help on lighting as daylight as almost absent for months in the winter.
Best regards from Norway :-)

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32 Lillian April 22, 2011 at 6:50 am

I would really love to learn more on setting up the shots inside and using the light I have. I figure it out with everything else, but somehow it just seems so much more difficult to combine with food styling and making it look appealing!

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33 Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa April 22, 2011 at 6:53 am

What a great book – I could always use more tips on how to take better food photos! Especially tips on how to take a great photo in low light (ie – winter months!)

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34 nik April 22, 2011 at 6:56 am

I’d like to experiment more with lighting techniques and different light sources. Thank you!

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35 Maggie April 22, 2011 at 6:59 am

Pick up the sexuality and sensuality inherent in the food with perspective and lighting.

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36 merry jennifer April 22, 2011 at 7:01 am

I need to improve on my lighting – using it to my advantage.

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37 spooneb April 22, 2011 at 7:02 am

I need all the help I can get, particularly with styling.

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38 Rebecca April 22, 2011 at 7:10 am

I know I have a lot to learn on styling, but my main area on which I’d like to focus is perfecting the use of lighting (either natural or otherwise.) I would also like some ideas on essential gear (beyond the camera, duh, right? Shame faced.) I have my entire life to learn and this would be a great place to start!

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39 Tracy Grant April 22, 2011 at 7:12 am

I need to improve my techniques! In my rural area the photographer is responsible for most of the styling as well as the photograph. Plus there are no workshops or mentors here that I have found.
Help please :)

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40 Melissa Crane April 22, 2011 at 7:20 am

I need to improve on food styling, and ideas on how to create a story using food in photographs.

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41 Penny April 22, 2011 at 7:22 am

When photographing food, the picture needs to tell everything – translate the taste, smell and freshness of the food. I would like to improve on my presentation of the food in the photograph and learn more about the best way to communicate to the viewer how good a dish is through my photograph. :-)

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42 Laura April 22, 2011 at 7:23 am

What I would love to learn is how to use natural light to create beautiful pictures. Styling is also something I need help with.

I love his work, I just re-read some of his posts yesterday.

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43 TheKitchenWitch April 22, 2011 at 7:23 am

Well, I need help in every area of photography, but cocktails are my nemesis!

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44 Naomi April 22, 2011 at 7:34 am

I love taking photographs of my kitchen creations and of veggies growing in our garden. I need help w/ set up and lighting! I have a lot to learn! :-)

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45 JulieD April 22, 2011 at 7:43 am

I’m really trying to work on lighting and what I’m trying to convey with my food photography. Then, I want to work on incorporating more props into my shots, I take a lot of close-ups right now. Thanks for this giveaway!

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46 karen April 22, 2011 at 7:49 am

how NOT to obsess over trying to be perfect in taking food photos.

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47 karen April 22, 2011 at 7:51 am

Tweeted! Just don’t know how to add that link here but used both handles. @whiteonrice and @wrightfood

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48 Ben April 22, 2011 at 7:54 am

Every part of my food photography could use some work, the most important being composition and lighting.

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49 JulieD April 22, 2011 at 7:56 am
50 JulieD April 22, 2011 at 7:57 am

I tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/TheLittleKitchn/status/61443145879134208 (sorry if this is a duplicate comment)

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51 Amy @ A Little Nosh April 22, 2011 at 7:59 am

I’d like to learn how to use props creatively.

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52 Daedre April 22, 2011 at 8:01 am

I could probably use some studio lighting. That would definitely help keep my photos more in focus (partially because my camera is getting old).

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53 Amy @ A Little Nosh April 22, 2011 at 8:02 am
54 jenny April 22, 2011 at 8:02 am

i need to improve my composition, and any help i can get!

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55 Kristen J April 22, 2011 at 8:06 am

I want to learn how to make the colors of the food pop out, without getting washed out from the lighting.

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56 alex April 22, 2011 at 8:07 am

I am just getting started with food photography so this book would be super helpful in helping me understand many processes!

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57 Andrea M April 22, 2011 at 8:10 am

I am just starting and would love to learn more about it all! Especially lighting :) thanks!

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58 UrMomCooks April 22, 2011 at 8:13 am

I need help with composition! I think they call that “telling a story” with my food!!!

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59 Kim April 22, 2011 at 8:15 am

Warm filtered artificial lighting… that’s what I need to figure out. :-)

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60 Terri April 22, 2011 at 8:16 am

Lighting, lighting, lighting!

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61 Kaitlin April 22, 2011 at 8:17 am

I need all the help I can get- from lighting to placement and everywhere in between!

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62 Tanvi April 22, 2011 at 8:18 am

A dream giveaway.Who wont want Matt’s mannual.I wish I could be a better food stylist.

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63 Kristy Snider April 22, 2011 at 8:18 am

What a great giveaway! I need to focus on colors that work well, lighting…and probably choosing a better camera!

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64 Tanvi April 22, 2011 at 8:22 am

Tweeted about the giveaway.

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65 Terri April 22, 2011 at 8:22 am
66 EatLiveRun April 22, 2011 at 8:28 am

I’d love to improve my knowledge on lighting! I know I’m just hitting the tip of iceberg right now.

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67 art and lemons April 22, 2011 at 8:28 am

I would like to tell more visual stories with photography around and off the table with people and food.

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68 Pamela April 22, 2011 at 8:40 am

Tips on working in small spaces.

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69 Allison Achauer April 22, 2011 at 8:41 am

I would love to improve my styling and composition skills so that the food leaps into life and pulls the viewer right into that setting. I just recently watched Matt Wright’s video on the post-production he did on a lamb prosciutto shot – fantastic!

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70 Donna April 22, 2011 at 8:43 am

Composition and lighting. Sometimes I can see why a photo isn’t good, and sometimes I don’t see what the problem is. For times when I’m taking a photo of dinner, I’d like to be able to set up a shot fairly quickly and take at least one “good enough” photo rather than taking a whole bunch and sorting through to find the one that’s least awful.

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71 Jacqueline April 22, 2011 at 8:45 am

I want to improve on lighting! I don’t know what makes some pictures come out better than others in terms of their lighting.

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72 Krista April 22, 2011 at 8:47 am

Not to toot my own horn, but my food looks good until I try to photograph it. I need some assistance in capturing the food I make, the markets I visit and treats before I eat them. I want natural, stylish looking pictures. I don’t want any more drab, blah looking food photos. What settings, when and how? Help!

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73 Allison Achauer April 22, 2011 at 8:47 am
74 Kristina@EatingSkinny April 22, 2011 at 8:55 am

I am just a beginner and need all the help and guidance I can get. I am ready to start my food blog for fun and for my clients and really want them to fall in love with the beautiful whole foods. But I really have no idea how to go about it. Thanks for the tip about his book and his generosity.

Kristina

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75 Heather Simons April 22, 2011 at 9:11 am

What an amazing project! I can’t wait to check out Matt’s blog. And because you asked, I’d like to improve the lighting in my photos and photo composition–background props and color combinations are important!

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76 Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean April 22, 2011 at 9:13 am

my pictures always have too many shadows!

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77 Courtney F. April 22, 2011 at 9:15 am

I need to improve my lighting skills, so the food looks as appetizing in photos as in person!

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78 Sarah April 22, 2011 at 9:18 am

lighting! it’s so tricky!

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79 bellini April 22, 2011 at 9:31 am

Learning to use my camera to its best advantage and not relying on the auto setting in different lighting situations is a challenge for me!!! I love that Matt is donating all proceeds to relief in Japan!!

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80 Stacie April 22, 2011 at 9:33 am

I need all the help I can get with my pictures!

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81 Marmande in the Kitchen April 22, 2011 at 9:43 am

I am stumbling my way through teaching myself about how to get lighting right in my pictures – sometimes its too much, sometimes not enough. It’s been a learning process!

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82 Allison April 22, 2011 at 9:45 am

Using artificial lighting

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83 Boulder Locavore April 22, 2011 at 10:03 am

I’d like to better learn how to shoot tablescapes ‘a la White on Rice fabulosity’.

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84 Boulder Locavore April 22, 2011 at 10:03 am

I’m not sure how to link to twitter but I cut and pasted my tweet on the giveaway:

BoulderLocavore
Food Photography Manual by Matt Wright, Giveaway – 2 copies http://t.co/Gj3yJZ0 via @WhiteOnRice @wrightfood

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85 Susan April 22, 2011 at 10:04 am

Lighting, lighting, and lighting! Thanks for a great giveaway. I’m taking it as a good omen that the winner will be announced on my birthday.

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86 Donna April 22, 2011 at 10:06 am
87 matt wright April 22, 2011 at 10:09 am

I got a tear in my eye here guys. Thanks for such glowing words and for doing this fantastic giveaway!

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88 Rachel @ Rachel's Recipe Reviews April 22, 2011 at 10:13 am

This looks awesome, I need SO much help in this department. I’m probably going to buy it if I don’t win it, it looks great!

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89 Cookin' Canuck April 22, 2011 at 10:14 am

I need to work on stepping out of the box with my photos. I’m also very interested to ready about Matt’s workflow, something that seems to be rather haphazard for me.

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90 Cookin' Canuck April 22, 2011 at 10:15 am
91 Rachel @ Rachel's Recipe Reviews April 22, 2011 at 10:16 am

I also tweeted about this giveaway! https://twitter.com/#!/RachsRecipeRev

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92 foodies at home April 22, 2011 at 10:54 am

I think we would love to improve on getting the right composition down in the photos…It’s amazing how something can look so delish in person, but in a photo you can loose a lot with out composition.

Congrats to your friend!

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93 Katerina April 22, 2011 at 11:46 am

I want to improve on lighting

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94 Jake April 22, 2011 at 11:51 am

Ihave heard great things about this Matt and this book. I will be picking up soon, no doubt.

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95 Ana-Maria April 22, 2011 at 11:55 am

I would like to improve the styling of the food.

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96 Lauren April 22, 2011 at 11:56 am

I really want to find out how to use props better. Also I don’t always have access to lighting because I work all day so how do I maneuver that little issue best??

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97 Ana-Maria April 22, 2011 at 11:59 am

Also retwitted about the giveaway here : http://twitter.com/#!/anamaria_p

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98 Helena April 22, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Lighting. Lighting. Lighting. and Overhead shots. Your site is beautiful.

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99 Lindsey @ Morningstar Project April 22, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Arranging food so I get the best angle! And how to work in other props and colors combos to set the mood perfectly. So basically I need help with it all ;)

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100 ladywild April 22, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Lighting. Its a constant battle.

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101 Jen at The Three Little Piglets April 22, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Definitely lighting and depth of field – I just can’t seem to get the different layers of focus, so my photos look one dimensional and poorly lit!

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102 Melissa April 22, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Lighting & composition, please!

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103 Malcolm April 22, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Every photographer has a “bag of magic” they take to every shoot. My food shoots are usually on location such as “Taste of the Nation” There is little time to set up an elaborate display with my own lighting. I usually have to find special little props just hanging around the location. What I need to know is what 10 items I should carry to every food shoot. Also, presentation of the color pallet available with the subtle differences in greens and reds that food provides.

-Mal

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104 Madison April 22, 2011 at 1:33 pm

I know very little of food photography so this book would really help me out.

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105 Madison April 22, 2011 at 1:36 pm

I also tweeted about the giveaway. I am @Borntorun77.

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106 sreelu April 22, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Matt’s pics are just awesome, I am looking for composition ideas and well as dealing with light issues.

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107 jadekaz April 22, 2011 at 2:06 pm

A great reminder how important sight is to taste. An impressive endeavor, indeed!

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108 Marthalynn April 22, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Oh where do I begin?! Help with lighting, help with design, help with casting a vision. I think he is an amazingly talented photographer!

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109 Amy April 22, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Thanks for the opportunity and for giving to the Japan relief effort.

I need help in action shots, ie chefs cooking, stirring, pouring, etc. I prefer natural light but can’t seem to find the right technique to get clear action shots that aren’t blurry or too dark or too light.

Thanks!

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110 Karen April 22, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Composition, for sure!

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111 Bradd Silver April 22, 2011 at 3:29 pm

My wife is an incredible cook and I try to document her achievements by photography. But I do not get it right. I need help

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112 terri April 22, 2011 at 3:30 pm

anything would be helpful for me.

looks like an amazing book–but when are you going to do a photography book of your own?

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113 tbg April 22, 2011 at 3:52 pm

lighting and better drool control when gazing at my handiwork ;)

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114 QuincesandthePea April 22, 2011 at 4:02 pm

I really need to improve my lighting – I work mostly from window light and I have to time it all just for the right time of day. I need to learn how to use artificial light better.

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115 Hannah April 22, 2011 at 4:05 pm

I want to improve my skills at using studio lights. I still don’t feel confident using them…

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116 QuincesandthePea April 22, 2011 at 4:06 pm
117 MaryTranLee April 22, 2011 at 5:17 pm

My lighting is always horrible unless I’m using natural light and even then, I know that the pictures could be better…I just have no clue how. My angles aren’t so great either.

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118 Kristi April 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm

I need lighting help

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119 Melissa April 22, 2011 at 6:00 pm

I could really use help with lighting and composition.

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120 Carolyn April 22, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Plant food, which comprises the bulk of my diet and that of an increasing number of others, can be as tricky as any animal food to photograph. Lighting/exposure is key, and even though there are a plethora of lighting manuals out there (I have more than a few of them), any resource that includes examples and detailed explanations of shoots is welcome. Count me in!

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121 cassie April 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm

wow. what an amazingly generous thing he is doing. simply wonderful.

i need a lot of help with my photography….but i’d like to focus on one thing at a time. lighting is difficult for me–especially when there is little/no natural light available (yay for spring!!).

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122 Julia April 22, 2011 at 6:54 pm

I’d like some motivation to just get started!

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123 Nolwenn April 22, 2011 at 7:11 pm

I would like to improve the lighting settings, how to use it, what to do when there is not that much of natural light (ie at night and in restaurants) etc.

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124 Courtney April 22, 2011 at 7:23 pm

I definitely need to work on composition and lighting.

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125 Louise April 22, 2011 at 7:33 pm

I would like to improve on styling food.

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126 Fiona April 22, 2011 at 7:50 pm

I’d like to improve every aspect!

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127 Julie Jones April 22, 2011 at 7:59 pm

This is something that would awesome to have. Food photography is something I definitely struggle with but I really admire. My forte is portrait photography but food photography is so beautiful to me. I love to cook also so it’d be nice to take great pictures of my own creations!
Thank you for this giveaway!

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128 Julie Jones April 22, 2011 at 8:00 pm

tweeted
http://goo.gl/08eGp
I follow both @whiteonrice and @wrightfood

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129 Gilda Claudine April 22, 2011 at 8:07 pm

I’d like to harness instinct in order to hone technique!
(Not sure if I’m providing the right link to my tweet on this: https://twitter.com/#!/DosGildas)

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130 Sarah April 22, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Oh, I would love this book! Sounds fantastic. I would like to improve my composition and lighting, and gain tips as far as setting-up the shot. I think I rush through these aspects and miss some key steps in taking consistently great shots.

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131 Mari @ Once Upon a Plate April 22, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Matt Wright and White on Rice Couple, YOU rock!
I would like to improve the utilization of available (natural) light.
I’ll ‘facebook’ this give away and Matt’s blurb book ~ thank you for devoting the sales to such a meaningful cause.

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132 story April 22, 2011 at 9:25 pm

I definitely want to improve on composition and lighting, especially using natural light.

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133 marci flaster April 22, 2011 at 9:51 pm

I recently bought a brand new camera all in hopes of taking amazing pictures of the food I blog about. I could really use some tips on food photography.

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134 The Prudent Homemaker April 22, 2011 at 11:31 pm

The angle of a shot is always my biggest challenge.

Matt has an amazing photo of leeks on his site. I didn’t know a plate of cooked leeks could look like that. Impressive.

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135 Candela April 23, 2011 at 12:07 am

Artificial lighting & a lot more… Would be great to win, but if I don’t I ‘ll buy the book , I love shining ,generous people like him, I ‘ll be glad to be a “part” of his project. :) Buon Weekend.

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136 Candela April 23, 2011 at 12:13 am

I’ll buy the book anyway.. is what I wanted to say…

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137 Jackie B April 23, 2011 at 4:23 am

https://twitter.com/#!/YummyStuffGoesH/status/61751560010604544

For me it would be styling and everything LOL. Coz I am a beginner.

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138 Emily April 23, 2011 at 4:42 am

I would love to work on my technique in general. I’m extremely new to food photography and am not exactly sure what I could do to improve my skills!

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139 Emily April 23, 2011 at 4:45 am
140 Gwyneth Terry April 23, 2011 at 8:17 am

I want my pictures to look more finished

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141 Katie April 23, 2011 at 8:50 am

I’ve gotten a lot better with lighting, but most of it’s still fairly generic, so I’d really like to improve my composition and styling.

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142 Rene April 23, 2011 at 9:26 am

I’d like to give more dimension to my photographs. At best my food photography looks very flat.

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143 Mikki April 23, 2011 at 9:38 am

I’d like to improve lighting set up and knowing what will work best for particular shots.

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144 Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls April 23, 2011 at 10:12 am

What a great giveaway! I need to work on my lighting and food set up! Fingers crossed!

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145 Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls April 23, 2011 at 10:15 am

Just tweeted!

delightfulB
Great giveaway from @whiteonrice! Hoping to win the Food Photography Manual by @wrightfood #fingerscrossed

:)

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146 Rosanna April 23, 2011 at 12:35 pm

I would like to improve on my lighting skills!

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147 martina fegan April 23, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Composition and lighting are my two priorities.

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148 B. J. Cade April 23, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Hello!

I would love to win Matt Wright’s Food Photography Manual, because my birthday is Monday, April 25. I would enjoy learning how to improve my own food photography skills. Plus, my daughter is a pastry chef, who doesn’t always have time to photograph her masterpieces before they are gobbled up. And, another plus: I would love to eventually pass it on to her on one of her birthdays, in a distant June, after I’ve learned from Matt.

Each year I give her a cook book. This year, if I won, I’d give her an extra special gift. Or, maybe I’ll buy a copy just for her.

Thanks.
This Limner

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149 pam April 23, 2011 at 7:32 pm

I want to learn to do more than just sit the plate of food on a table and take a picture!

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150 Gilbert Ho April 23, 2011 at 8:12 pm

I’d like to work on lighting food attractively, it’s something I struggle with even with off-camera flash.

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151 Gilbert Ho April 23, 2011 at 8:21 pm
152 annelise April 23, 2011 at 9:05 pm

I would love to learn how to better utilize natural light

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153 aprilmayjunebug April 23, 2011 at 11:39 pm

i want to work on everything. i am newly cooking and picture-taking and writing and loving it all. but as i am teaching myself, things are going slowly, i’m afraid. this guide looks like it would give me lots of good ideas!

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154 adelle April 24, 2011 at 12:05 am

not sure what the problem is…but i definitely need help.

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155 Sherry April 24, 2011 at 4:17 am

Since I know nothing about food photography, I would like to know how to just take a good picture… Right now, all the ones I do aren’t vivid enough, not quite engaging and all together boring. I’ll just like to be able to take pictures that make you want to eat the food and not just pass it by.

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156 Heather April 24, 2011 at 9:07 am

I’ve only just begun learning about food photography and so far its been all about trial and error. I would love to be able to learn some solid techniques for taking simple, beautiful photos!

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157 clairetweet April 24, 2011 at 10:05 am

I would love to develop my use of props, composition and textures to allow my photographs to tell a more interesting story.

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158 corinne April 24, 2011 at 10:33 am

since I don’t take pictures…. all has to be improve on my side !! but I just love to see all these great picures which are just piece of art :)
Thanks for your blog which i like very very much,
corinne

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159 bunkycooks April 24, 2011 at 12:51 pm

I still need to be more inspired to do the styling part after doing all the cooking!

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160 bunkycooks April 24, 2011 at 12:53 pm

I follow you both on Twitter. :)

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161 Michelle James April 24, 2011 at 1:07 pm

I need help with lighting and camera settings (actually, any help I can get is needed!)

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162 marissa from the boot April 24, 2011 at 3:14 pm

what a great giveaway and a great cause! i might just buy it even if i don’t win!
i would love help learning how to style food better!
love your blog!

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163 Misty Pittman April 24, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Not only is the concept brilliantly simple, but there is true value here for anyone who is interested in food photography. This book is on my wish list to purchase very soon!

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164 Laura Watson April 25, 2011 at 12:57 am

People and their wonderful doings never cease to amaze me. Good work and good luck.

I would definitely love to learn more about manual settings and lighting, as well as those handy little hints on how to get the best out of the presented dish.

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165 Mercè April 25, 2011 at 2:52 am

Great idea for a good cause!
I’d love to learn more on lightning setup and composition!

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166 Sense of Home April 25, 2011 at 5:41 am

I want to improve my lighting, I either have a dark image or washed out image.

-Brenda

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167 Mallory April 25, 2011 at 7:05 am

I’d like to learn more about lighting. What a great idea to sell this book for such a great cause.

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168 Kim April 25, 2011 at 9:02 am

I need to improve on lighting and layout.

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169 Karla April 25, 2011 at 9:09 am

I need help with everything. I want a photo to be accepted to Tastespotting and it never, ever happens (and I am not sure why).

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170 Aim April 25, 2011 at 9:38 am

I want to capture dishes that look as good as they tasted and smelled. Plating isn’t the issue. It’s my photography skills.

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171 julia April 25, 2011 at 10:46 am

I’d love tips on getting good close-ups to show texture and how-tos for frozen treats– my ice cream always starts to melt before I get a great shot!

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172 Lindsay April 25, 2011 at 12:41 pm

the concept, story behind the photo, composition

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173 Anjali April 25, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Awesome giveaway! I’d like to learn more about natural lighting and different ways of styling food. Thank you!

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174 Kevin M April 25, 2011 at 2:50 pm

I want to improve upon food prep and appearance. How do I put the food on the plate to look good?

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175 Mia Detrick April 25, 2011 at 3:38 pm

How to capture the subject’s true vitality – perfection without a Photoshop veneer. We used to just use cameras and out eyes…..

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176 Teri V. April 25, 2011 at 7:15 pm

I would really like help with perspective, composition & lighting, soooo pretty much everything I’d say!

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177 Mary April 25, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Finding great food photography books is so difficult! I would love to learn how to improve my lighting and how to utilize more creative composition and styling.

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178 Stacy April 25, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Truthfully, I am just starting to learn this beautiful art of food photography and would like to improve upon everything! It looks like an amazing book. Thank you!

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179 Jessica Lynn April 25, 2011 at 8:56 pm

I would like help with lighting and exposure!

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180 Amanda April 25, 2011 at 9:43 pm

I want to improve my use of lighting.

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181 Edwina April 25, 2011 at 9:59 pm

I need inspiration desperately.

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182 Edwina April 25, 2011 at 10:04 pm
183 Didem April 25, 2011 at 11:30 pm

I am a newbie. I need all help I can get. Thank you so much for the awesome giveaway :)

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184 penny April 26, 2011 at 4:25 am

Angles. Something is wrong with the direction in which I take these pics. Or maybe its the subject. Who knows.

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185 tram d. luu April 26, 2011 at 5:27 am

i’d like to improve the styling of my food photos. hopefully this book can help me!

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186 Kate April 26, 2011 at 5:33 am

I’d really love to work on lighting and styling. My kitchen is a poor light source, my dining room not much better, but I need to learn to work with what I have!

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187 Valeria April 26, 2011 at 10:45 am

I really need to work on lightening and post-production, but also on composition and styling. This book would be soo helpful –and the workshop, too!

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188 Krystal R. April 26, 2011 at 11:25 am

Composition and lighting, and finding the right angle. Natural light is key, but from what angle, too. What an awesome giveaway!

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189 Sara April 26, 2011 at 12:58 pm

I would like to get better at shooting indoors in the evening when is when most of my cooking necessarily takes place. I know that without natural light there’s only so far I can go, but I also am certain I can do much better than I am currently!

Also, developing a more artistic eye and learning about composition couldn’t hurt either.

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190 Janet April 26, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Would love any/all tips for a beginning photographer. Thank you!

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191 Snippets of Thyme April 26, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Well, I can see (or count) that I am jumping in here pretty late! But I’ll play. I had discovered Wright’s blog when I first started writing and then couldn’t find it. So glad to have re-discovered it. What would I improve about my photography? I have both artistic and technical issues. I have trouble uploading photos to FG and TS without them blurring. Also, lighting is a major reason my photos get rejected. I need to understand better how to harness lighting and use it appropriately.

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192 Ethan April 26, 2011 at 3:15 pm

lighting, lighting lighting…please

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193 Taryn April 26, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Would love to get more into food photography and learn the basics of food styling. I’m super interested in photography and food but have just never mixed the two!

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194 nanette April 26, 2011 at 4:50 pm

I want to improve on angling and styling!

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195 Yudith April 26, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Lightning, lightning and lighting. I live in a state where it seems cloudy all year long. Sigh. Oh, and by the time I have time to take pictures; it’s pitch black outside. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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196 Simon Ignatowski April 26, 2011 at 5:34 pm

I need help with everything, hopefully this book would help me bring my photos to life.

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197 Christine April 26, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Love your blog, recipes and photography. Would love to know how to get really dark backgrounds so the food/product in the foreground pops. Would comment on twitter but my cell doesn’t even have a camera. Lol!

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198 Diane April 26, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Definitely the lighting, but styling too!

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199 karen April 26, 2011 at 9:18 pm

to make the food look better/tastier!! maybe my cooking is what needs the most improvement…

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200 Lori @ RecipeGirl April 26, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Oh geez, where do I begin? I’d like to know how to use the settings on my Canon 40D. Looks like this is a great book!

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201 Sneh | Cook Republic April 26, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Thanks for offering this great resource. I would love to understand the specifics of different kinds of lenses and their settings in relation to food photography. I would love to learn about using darkness and depth to create “moody” food photos, photos that are seductive even in the way they portray food. There is a lot of information about whites and brights in relation to food photography but very little about using the element of darkness (props, backgrounds, dark tones) with food.

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202 Mandi Whitten April 26, 2011 at 11:32 pm

I would love to learn some new ideas with composition – to keep my photography exciting and refreshing. I should also learn a little more about food styling. I love cooking and eating almost as much as I love taking photos of food!

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203 Mandi Whitten April 26, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Tweeted (sorry don’t know how to get individual tweet!) http://twitter.com/#!/MandiWhitten

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204 Cecelia April 27, 2011 at 8:44 am

I really want to work on taking quality photos in non-ideal situations (e.g. food photos at night). Great giveaway!

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205 Jiyoung April 27, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I would love to know how to make food photos come more alive! I thing taking food pictures accurately show vivid color of the food is so hard :(

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206 Jiyoung April 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I’m not sure how you can get link for the tweet, but I tweeted @ mooniesays. http://twitter.com/#!/MoonieSays

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207 Elizabeth Prewitt April 27, 2011 at 2:16 pm

I feel like I take pretty decent photographs, but not great ones. I’d love to learn the technical nuts and bolts behind taking my photos to the next level. I know it’s not always luck in getting that perfect shot!

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208 Resa Blobaum April 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Because I don’t feel like I have acquired the knowledge for using my SLR camera, I mostly photograph my cooking with my iPhone. It actually takes lovely pictures, but would love to do this in a more professional manner. Thank you for all the inspiration your site offers.

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209 Leah April 27, 2011 at 6:32 pm

I would love to learn to understand lighting better.

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210 Johnny April 27, 2011 at 7:34 pm

I would love to learn lighting and better angles for shots!

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211 Lucy April 27, 2011 at 7:42 pm

thanks for the chance! i’d love to work on my composition — making it work without being too fussy!

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212 Suzanne April 27, 2011 at 10:24 pm

I want to improve on my lighting, composition and learning more about my camera

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213 Michelle April 28, 2011 at 8:45 am

Lighting

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214 Liz N April 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Composition, lighting, and using photo editing software are areas I’d love to improve.

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215 Carly April 28, 2011 at 4:03 pm

I definitely want to work on composition and really bringing just how delicious something looks through the camera lens.

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216 Ha Nguyen April 28, 2011 at 7:18 pm

I am starting a foodblog and love to learn and improve my photography and food styling skills.

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217 BZ Ho April 28, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Composition and lighting are things that I need to improve upon.

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218 Kris April 28, 2011 at 9:12 pm

I’m new to all of this and I’d like to start doing it well. I could really use the guidance.

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219 Wendy April 28, 2011 at 9:55 pm

This book looks great! I need help with everything. I spent way too much money on my camera to be taking crappy photos. I know what I like but need help figuring out how to produce it! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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220 Susanne Schanz April 29, 2011 at 2:12 am

I do my foodphotography only with natural light. So I’d like to improve with artificial lighting and still I’m searching my perfect workflow. So maybe Matt’s book will help to improve my photography.

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221 jazzjune April 29, 2011 at 4:17 am

i want to capture the food’s vibrancy so that it doesn’t look like diner food (which, to be fair, absolutely has its place from time to time.

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222 Matt April 29, 2011 at 4:54 am

I would like to improve my composition and styling.

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223 Amy P. April 29, 2011 at 4:59 am

Composition and lighting are the areas in which I need the most improvement.

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224 Karen @ My Pantry Shelf April 29, 2011 at 12:44 pm

My kitchen is blessed with great natural light, but I struggle with composition. I want the food to be arranged in a way that truly highlights the essence of the meal. It is difficult, especially when attempting to define different dishes that have many of the same ingredients or presentation style.

I have a simple digital point and shot camera, so I would also like to upgrade at some point to a camera with more capabilities.

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225 Vaishali April 29, 2011 at 1:25 pm

I have to start from basics…I’ve tried my hand with some good results but I want to improve!!

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226 Roberta April 30, 2011 at 6:55 am

Hi and thank you for this kind opportunity!
Being an absolute beginnner I need to improve every aspect of food photography…
Natural light, composition, styling….good advice needed!

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227 Joyce April 30, 2011 at 7:18 am

I’d love to improve on set-up and lighting!

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228 Alyson April 30, 2011 at 7:39 am

Oh my gosh, what don’t I need help with in terms of photography. I mean, things have improved since I really started 7 months ago, but they’re still not great… not by a long shot!

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229 Hanna April 30, 2011 at 10:29 am

Composition definitely is the one to improve, though I’m in a need of improving everything.

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230 Jamie April 30, 2011 at 11:14 am

I’m just getting started – I need to learn everything from styling to composition to lighting, and anything else.

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231 Brenda April 30, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I am stepping into new terrain – natural light food photography – for my recipe collection that will be published soon. I’m excited to learn about different techniques to produce quality work – !

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232 Yumi @ Natsukashii April 30, 2011 at 2:50 pm

I’d love to learn more about styling and lighting. I know when I look at food photography I love the ones that can get my desire to eat at first sight! How giving of Matt Wright to donate it all to Japan!!

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233 Kathleen April 30, 2011 at 6:41 pm

definitely food styling.
and who doesn’t need help with lighting,
even those of us who think we know,
can always learn a few new tricks.

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234 Anne May 1, 2011 at 8:57 am

Well, I’ve been food blogging for over 7 years, and while my photography definitely has improved, I’m also feeling lazy and I want to challenge myself to become better. I definitely need some kind of kick in the butt to get inspired!

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235 Cory May 1, 2011 at 1:53 pm

We are your polar opposites, I am the chef and my wife is the photographer. I want to improve the photographic quality of my food. She doesn’t need a whole lot of help on the shooting side. We have been working on HDR shots now, A whole new ballgame.
I am a long time fan of your site, one of the few that I visit religiously.

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236 Becki Sue May 1, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I love to cook and bake. I desperately want to start my own blog. But until my photographs are pretty enough to post on the Internet (besdies FB), I impatiently wait. I could use some help wth composition and lighting, especially.

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237 Miss chels May 1, 2011 at 3:50 pm

I am in dire need of some help with techniques for lighting, pretty back drops, and plating.

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238 Becky May 1, 2011 at 4:22 pm

I have a decent camera, but have a lot to learn about lighting and staging – this book would help a lot I bet! : )

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239 Ashley Smith Mikkelson May 1, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Trying not to eat the subject before photographing…. also prop positioning. I think my eyes are a bit off balance (:

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240 Jon Van Dalen May 8, 2011 at 8:15 am

I want to improve by learning more about food styling and presentation as well as even more about lighting.

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