We know making gifts for Christmas is a nuisance, so this year we wanted to make life easier to those of you who have a food photography fan at home. Here you have a list of ideas to make a gift to a food photographer, from the most amateur to the most professional one:
– Ceramic dishes or bowls: We always try to make our prop collection grow: we never seem to have enough! We like very much, for example, the dishes and bowls that Ivet Bazaco makes. She’s a Catalan ceramist that has worked for some of the best restaurants in the country creating their dishware. It is worth a look!
– Serving tongs: Essential tool for anyone who wants to begin in the world of food photography. A pair of good serving tongs (such as these) give us the possibility of resolving the dishes we cook with accuracy and care.
– “A Work in Progress” by René Redzepi (Phaidon, 2013): Redzepi is the chef of Noma, one of the best restaurants of the world, and has created a book (in fact, three books in one), where he explains us what he does and how he does it from the beginning to the end. A book that explores the mind and the creative process of one of the best chefs in the world.
– ColorChecker Passport: In a more technical dimension, we find this very useful utensil. A ColorChecker is a basic tool if we want to represent color in a faithful way. This one in particular is especially portable, suitable for any occasion.
– “Gestión del color en procesos de digitalización” by José M. Pereira (Marcombo, 2013): This gift is only suitable for the brave. It is a very theoretic book regarding color and its representation from a heritage preservation standpoint that can also teach us in a very thorough way how to deal with color in food photography. It can be a good accompaniment to the previous gift.
We hope you’ve found these ideas to make a gift useful!