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Tips for Food Photography with Your Phone

Andrew Scrivani

FAST CLASS: Food Photography

Andrew Scrivani


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14. Tips for Food Photography with Your Phone


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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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Tips for Food Photography with Your Phone

well now we're gonna talk about the one thing that seems to be a question that lots of people have when they go out. I want to take pictures with my smartphone and I want to make a great picture of the dinner I just had or I want to have an opportunity to shoot it while it's there. Either even maybe with my DSLR or with my point and shoot camera. So what we're gonna talk about is kind of that low light environment that were, that we struggle with. And maybe some basic tips that we could talk about, some of them are pretty obvious, especially the people who have been listening to me talk about photography for the last three days, but it doesn't hurt to kind of just go over some of the basics in the things that you can do, you shouldn't do. And the differences between them and I have a couple of visual aids. So one of them is about the appropriate styling. Now, even if you're at a restaurant and you get something that's fairly plain served to you, there's a certain amount of control you ...

have over to what else is on the table where you can kind of pull it in and use it and maybe, and maybe even decorate your set. Now the first one here is let's say, I mean that's the ultimate in plain and from a styling perspective the soup is served in the wrong bullets to read the spoon is too big. There's no, there's nothing else there, there's nothing else to play with. And you know, there's not a lot going on. So that would be the same exact soup just served a different way. Now let's say you didn't have access to all of those props at a restaurant. But the idea is you could pull in the bread, you could pull in the wine, You can kind of put the spoon. Maybe even grab a different spoon that's on the table because sometimes multiple pieces of silverware are presented on a piece of, on the, on the, on the table and you kind of compose it a little bit differently. So the next one would be angle, right? What angle you choose on any particular given item would matter. Right? So this is like from the top, these are really plain. There's not a lot going on. It's probably a little too far away. You see this shot on instagram all the time. Oh wow. I see this with my eyes. It looks really good. I'm going to shoot down on it and it's not really that interesting. But if you drop down and shoot it at a different angle, the same cookie may look a lot different. Plus that's unprocessed through any app that you might have in your phone and that's gently processed with an app on my phone. So again, simple, simple tips and tricks where you're going to kind of wrap your head around how I can make it look better. But also these are those little things that you can practice along the way is how you are envisioning what you're real photography should look like. And then with the flash without the flesh, sometimes the low light cameras in the in the let's do that again. Ooh with the flesh, that's the big thing. Everybody has to turn their flash off when you want to take pictures of food and then when you don't have to use your flash, you get a much better image. Now, what my technique was a little tricky kind of technique to do that with was one of the things I do in restaurants a lot when you, especially at night. Right. That's always the challenge. You have a couple of you have a couple of candles on the table, right? And you have all these other things. You've got your pizza and I want to make this a better shot. I want to figure out a way to shoot this in a dark environment and I don't really have much ambient light, it's pretty dark. So I'm gonna probably try to get the best setting I can if I am shooting with a regular point shoot or uh you know, not your DSLR but you know, you're pointing your camera and do the best you can and then you have opportunities that you may not be aware of. So the menu, I have a menu. The menu is innately a bounce card, right? A lot of times it is sometimes they're not bi fold like this but it work. So if you are going to photograph this pizza, You know what I'm gonna do? I'm gonna make one plate. I'm restyling again and I got some garnish, going to put the pizza over here. Okay, so the technique is what I want to demonstrate here. So I want to kind of fill my frame with things that might be interesting. A glass of wine. I got my silverware. Okay, a little olive oil. Okay, so I'm dressing the table like I would, if I were going to eat this, presumably I'm in a restaurant, I'm going to eat it. Now I need to throw more light on the subject. Right? So outside of the frame of what I want to shoot, I'm going to set up some candles because they're already on the table. Call the fire marshal. The candles are going to throw in a dark room candles, throwing a lot more ambient light that you might think and then you can box off your light sources over here. Right? We're doing the same thing we do with any source of light. Right? We're boxing off the light, we're creating light on one end and we're pushing back with the other side. Now you need to create a little bit of space to shoot. So watch this trick guys, this is fun. So now that I've kind of set this up. I want to frame out the light source and box myself around. I have some of the elements in the, so this is the technique. So I've kind of picked up some of the elements from behind and I kind of, you can see you can see that there you go. There it is. So I kind of just, the idea is to kind of create Light Source, create some environment and then give yourself some front inside so you can see that this doesn't really go that dark because we have the bounce card that comes back.

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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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I loved this fast class, the whole course was very complete but in this fast class you can easily get the idea of the business!