Plate to Pixel

by Marla on June 28, 2011 · 214 comments

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Marla Meridith reviews the book Plate to Pixel

By now most of you have heard of (and probably own) a copy of Plate to Pixel. If not then you must. I need to take a moment to define this masterpiece. This book is a visual journey with lessons in digital food photography and styling. It is written by one of the most talented people this world has ever known, Helene Dujardin aka Tartelette. She has become a household name to any food blogger, cookbook author and food connoiseurs everywhere. Honestly my 7 year old daughter could tell you who she is, no joke. That is how famous she is around these parts.

I will walk you through this post with a journey through my own food photography and styling. Beware and be nice, this first collage is from the very beginning. We all need to start somewhere right?

Marla Meridith early food photography OK, stop giggling I heard that. Note how there is not much “styling” the photo quality is poor and the lighting is not very good either. The good thing is there was plenty of room for growth! Now each time I create or see a photograph it is instinct for me to critique the image to figure out what works and what I would change.

Thankfully things are getting a lot better as I learn more and more. Each day offers unique challenges and I welcome them. My camera is always glued to my side.

Healthy homemade baked crisp with cranberries and cherries.

I have been photographing food for two years now and a lot has evolved. Which is good for all of us. When I do things I need to shoot for the stars. That has become my goal with my food styling, recipe development and photography. With a type A personality half measures are never OK.

Gluten Free ratio rally mini cakes with strawberries and coconut milk

I want to share a brief history of my friendship with beautiful Helene. Not only can this gal create a gorgeous plate of food but she is one of the kindest people you will ever meet. The first time I met saw (or heard of Helen) was back at the first BlogHer Food in San Francisco back in 2009.

Hot Dogs on a stick recipe for summer Grill BBQ party

I was a newbie to the world of food blogging and my blog was very green. I had not a clue what I was getting myself into. I just knew I LOVED the world of food blogging.

Grilled Ile De France Camembert cheese

Helene was one of the first inspirations to take me away from shooting food photography with my iPhone. Our second meeting was last March she taught a workshop in LA, and then I attended Food and Light workshop in Boulder.

Healthy Avocado scones for tea parties, Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day

She teaches with grace, proficiency and honesty. Helene will have many more workshops coming up including the one I will thankfully be attending at evo’11 next week.

Healthy, low carb, diet Chocolate Chip Scones by Marla Meridith

The thing I love most about Plate to Pixel is that it demystifies the often complicated task of learning how to use today’s digital SLR cameras. I have the attention span of a house fly so anything “how-to” often does not keep my interest for more than 33 seconds.

This book filled with tons of Helen’s photos that will make you swoon. The lessons capture her voice and playful personality in a way that manuals and tutorials often do not. For the small price of this book you will learn a college education’s worth of photography skills.

Vegan vegetarian summer squash with grilled marinated tofu

These days photography for me has gone way beyond food. It has opened up my world, given me ways to communicate with the world through pretty pictures. It has allowed to to express my creativity in ways that I never thought possible. I am passionate about capturing the beauty of landscapes and my most prized subjects….my children.

Pre school boy in orange gingham checked shirt

When I travel it is wonderful to be able to share the visual treats I experience with all of you….

Marla Meridith Travel Photography

I am never without my Plate to Pixel book. It is a book I will read & re-read. When not taking photos you can find me on the treadmill or the bike at the gym with this gem wide open while my body gets exercise my mind does too.

I want to share this wonderful photographic journey and life experience with you. What better way than for me to host a giveaway for a copy of Plate to Pixel.

If you cannot wait then you can also order one from my Amazon store.

Graphic with pink fleur de lis for Family Fresh Cooking

Food photography and styling book by Tartelette Giveaway Details

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks for your entries. Congrats to Clea from Clea Shannon.

I will provide one reader with a copy of their very own Plate to Pixel book. This giveaway is open to USA visitors and will be open until Sunday, July 3rd at 12 midnight PST.

The winner will be chosen at Random.org and will be notified via email, so please make sure your email address is correct. You will have 48 hours to respond to me, or a new winner will be chosen.

How to Enter

Tell me your greatest photography inspiration or why you want this book. To earn additional entries, leave a separate comment for each of the steps listed below. If you don’t leave separate comments for each step, the number generator will not count them as separate entries.

  1. Re-tweet this giveaway, being sure to include my Twitter handle (@MarlaMeridith). Here’s a sample tweet you could use: Plate to Pixel by @SweetTartelette Stop by to enter the giveaway @MarlaMeridith for this amazing book. http://su.pr/1TZ1Vs Pls RT
  2. Follow @MarlaMeridith on Twitter
  3. Follow @SweetTartelette on Twitter
  4. Copy and paste my Family Fresh Cooking badge into your sidebar or somewhere on your blog
  5. Stumble this post
  6. Subscribe to Family Fresh Cooking via RSS or e-mail

*You can stay in touch with Family Fresh Cooking and Helene Dujardin Photography on Facebook too

Links to the Recipes Above

Family Fresh Cooking disclosure: I am a huge fan of Helen Dujardin. She is a friend and colleague. The publisher provided me with a review copy and will send the winner a copy of Plate to Pixel.


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