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Food Styling Tools of the Trade

Andrew Scrivani

FAST CLASS: Food Photography

Andrew Scrivani


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5. Food Styling Tools of the Trade


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1 What Is Food Porn? Duration:11:48
2 Food Photography Lighting Duration:07:14
3 Food Photography Props Duration:05:01
4 Food Styling Tips Duration:12:29
6 Camera for Food Photography Duration:13:53
9 Workflow Prep to Post Duration:09:51
10 Post Demo Duration:13:43
11 Photo Copyright Duration:06:09

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Food Styling Tools of the Trade

let me just go over some of the other little tools and things that we have here at the table to talk about. Um One of the things, a little spray bottle, I kind of keep a little spray bottle around because when we're doing um when we're doing anything that's leafy or raw wet always looks nice. I think it kind of, it kind of um promotes the idea of fresh, you know, um some of the other tools like, like this rinder, this is a really cool trick. You know, like this got this thing where you kind of wrap it around and get that long curly Q. Of uh fucking demonstrated on. I don't have to show you hope these are real. Yeah, they are. Yeah. But you know, if you're you know, you are doing a drink or something that you want to top with a really cool little garnish, looking for some something nice, you know, something like this. And you can do a little twist with it and you kind of sit there with it wrapped around your finger for a minute or two. So it kind of holds the shape and you drop it onto ...

whatever you're doing or you drop it in your drink. You have a nice little garnish. All these little all these little tools that you find at the store and you're not sure what they are. Obviously a tweezer is always a great. Not for that, of course. But mm hmm It looks really sinister. Mhm. And I know it's for injecting, you know uh Turkey or something. But the idea of being able to place liquid where you want to, this isn't the only tool you can do that with. But being able to place liquid where you want to in a shot where you want a particular glisten or whatever. And you know, also using um olive oil and a pastry brush and having that on set when you're doing like meat and anything that has a shine on it. You want to kind of just give it a little brush. For example, like this bread, right? If you're gonna just if you're just gonna go like this like you're at home and you're gonna cut a piece of bread. Okay, great. That's nice. But if you're thinking in terms of maybe something different and you do something just on the bias, anything anytime you have the opportunity to cut something on the bias. Now you have a little bit more shape. Maybe you get the bread that has like little holes in it. Like that where it kind of lets like go through. Now. You know, the difference between that and that you can imagine, you know, it's really it seems pretty simple. It's not really brain surgery, but it definitely gives you the opportunity to make a big mess and But also, you know, all the things that what I would prefer to do with this is just break it by hand because that's the way I would eat it. You know, if I'm at the table and where I grew up, you know, this is more appropriate and now that looks really organic and it's kind of more appetizing and it kind of tells a little bit more of a story rather than All right, everyone get the knife and cut the bread into circles. So the simple little things that you do with food styling, you know, zest in a lemon cutting the bread a certain way, even the cheese, you know like I wouldn't just well I mean if we're going to grade it, that's one thing. But if we're not going to read it again, get your hands in there and snap a piece off, you know, break it, see what see the texture that's there. This is these are those kind of small little elements that you know maybe you're not thinking of because you've got so much to think about on set. You know, you think about, okay my camera settings okay is the food ready? You need to slow down like I'm going to do right now and take a deep breath and think, okay, that's already done, cameras set up props are picked, what can I make this, what can I do to make this picture look better? And all of those little kind of simple little things that you think about the grain of your salt, right? This you can use morton salt when you're cooking but when you're kind of garnish something, you know, having something with a little bit of texture on it or even better if you have the opportunity, you know something that's really kind of cool, you know and kind of get it in there, you know make it, make it messy, make it make it pretty. These are these you know, these are the things that when we're eating right, it doesn't have to be sloppy, but it could be messy, it could look like you're eating. And I think there's there's a certain beauty to that as long as you're mindful of the fact of keeping your set clean.

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Full-length class: Food Photography with Andrew Scrivani

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  • Understand the business aspects of food photography, including food styling, pricing, negotiation, marketing, and copyrights
  • Shoot on a budget with a point-and-shoot camera or a smartphone
  • Prepare for your shoot and organize your materials
  • Learn food styling for various types of food, from soup to pastry
  • Write about food and create a blog


The food on your plate looks absolutely scrumptious. But somehow, when you take a picture of it, the result is less than appetizing. Great food photography isn’t just about taking a shot of a delicious dish, it’s about carefully selecting and styling your food, appropriately using natural light or studio light, and editing your images to leave viewers hungry.

World-renowned commercial photographer, food stylist, and New York Times columnist Andrew Scrivani will teach you the essentials of preparing your food before the shoot, using the right camera and lighting gear, and performing touch-ups in post-production. He’ll also give you expert advice regarding the business of food photography, so you can turn your hobby into your dream job. Special guest Shauna Ahern of the Gluten Free Girl blog and book fame will talk about food blogging, recipe writing, and growing your online audience.

This class will help you:

  • Select, prepare, and style your food so it looks professional and enticing.
  • Find and use the best gear for a food photo shoot.
  • Choose the right camera settings.
  • Create an optimal workflow and post-production process.
  • Deal with low indoor light by using inexpensive lighting equipment.

Whether you’re a seasoned professional looking for food photography tips to expand your skillset or a novice using nothing more than a smartphone, this mouth-watering workshop will provide you with the strategies, tips, and techniques needed to captivate your viewers and reach your food photography goals.


  • Anyone who wants to become a professional food photographer or a photographer who wants to add additional revenue to their business by venturing into food photography.
  • Those who love taking pictures of food, but aren’t sure how to turn a hobby into a career or business.
  • Those who want to know how to choose the right food and style it appropriately for great food photography.
  • Bloggers who write about food but need high-quality images to go with their written content.
  • People who like to photograph food for their own pleasure, but want to take better, more professional-looking images.


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