Your food should look as good as it tastes.
Whether you are in the food industry as a professional, you’re a blogger or you just enjoy sharing your personal work on social media, you’ll know that a professional image is a must to achieve credibility, expansion and overall success in your work.
Trying to achieve the professional look can be time consuming and frustrating if you are new to it and commissioning a professional photographer to take a few shots for Instagram, or a blog post, can get quite pricey too. What’s the solution? Take a food photography workshop!
I was in the same place as you, but then I decided to have a session with a professional photographer and it has been a game changer. Maria, from Chio Photography, is a patient teacher and a fantastic, well rounded photographer. She teaches the very important details to understanding how a camera works, which is really essential in order to achieve a good image, but then she gets you hands on playing with the camera then and there, making those vital “mistakes” which she can correct in the room with you. That’s the most important part of learning and something we can’t always create in my food classes. This trial and error approach of learning speeds the process up ten fold, so you leave the class with a deeper understanding of how to control your camera, light and surroundings.
What we’ll cover on the day
We will start with an introduction to how your cameras work. A little of theory to learn how to achieve different effects and how to avoid mistakes. During this step, you will learn which are the best settings for your product photography.
We will be creating inexpensive backgrounds like marble, wood or other patterned surfaces like the pro’s do. This alone will save you hundreds of pounds. We will give you ideas on how to use different props and ingredients to style your shot. If you have seen a photo, and you would like to learn how to create a similar one, you can email it to us before the course and Maria will include it in the programme.
We will then get into the practice. With our backgrounds, and your products and cameras on hand, we will start putting into practice what you have learnt, and any doubts will be cleared. You will learn more about composition, natural light and angles. It’s time to experiment and to get beautiful shots of your delicious food! María will be with you, so you’ll be able to ask as many questions as you wish!
A little extra
We will be having a look at how we can use our smartphones to take beautiful pictures and
complement it with apps, the best ones to edit your photos and to add a little ‘umph’ to your look.
What you’ll need to bring with you
- Your camera and smartphone if you have one.
- Food items you’d like to take photo’s of on the day, although Amy will also have items to be photo’d. However, this is a great opportunity to get good photos of your products.
- If you feel like it you can also bring any cooking related props: vintage cutlery, linen, tablecloths, cups, plates, measuring cups, etc…
- The printed booklet that we’ll email you.