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Irresistible Mobile Food Photography: From Shoot to Social

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Common Questions and Mistakes

Andrew Scrivani

Irresistible Mobile Food Photography: From Shoot to Social

Andrew Scrivani

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Lesson Info

5. Common Questions and Mistakes

Lesson Info

Common Questions and Mistakes

So what I want to dress at as we sort of got through our shooting section and we worked with the phone and we worked a little bit with editing is some of the common mistakes that we make when we're shooting, whether that be with our phones or with our, um, our DSLR there any camera. But I think there's a couple of things we referenced earlier when I was doing the shooting demo when I was showing you how shooting with the angle of the light and understanding that if you shoot with your back to the light, it's akin to shooting with the with the flash on camera, which, obviously, at this stage of food photography, everybody understands that shooting food with flash on camera is not really a good idea on ultimately understanding why is really important? It's on. It's really great to understand that if you're shooting with the light, everything gets flat and we gave you an example of that earlier. Some of the other things that we often do is we don't plan are shoots. We kind of go at it wit...

hout really understanding whether the environment isn't gonna be the right environment. the lighting isn't gonna be the right lighting. We don't have the props or maybe the facility to shoot the food the way we want or the plating. Any of that really is about planning. And it doesn't really matter what phone you're carrying in your pocket. It's about the execution. And then, of course, the food itself. If you choose great ingredients, you're going to get better pictures. So the propping and the shopping, uh, all kind of go together in making it so that you can make photos that you're really proud of. And again, if you have great light and you have great props and you have a good plan on you understand your lighting and your angles and the things that you want to accomplish when you go into a photo shoot, the tool in your pocket, the phone, the camera around your neck. None of that really matters. You can make great photos if you have all of those things at your disposal, so that brings us to a close on mobile food photography for today. But remember everything that we've learned today, whether it be how we shot or how we edited or the software we used or the different tools that we put into play. Everything that is in your tool kit is gonna help you make better photos every day.

Class Description


  • Understand differences and similarities of shooting with a mobile phone versus DSLR
  • Utilize techniques for image processing within a mobile workflow in Adobe Lightroom
  • Optimize your photos with new gear and software on a small budget
  • Deal with low indoor light by using inexpensive lighting equipment
  • Strategize your digital portfolio and social media engagement
  • Analyze your data objectively
  • Understand the financial benefits of growing a social media following
  • Compartmentalize your social media to increase efficiency and flow
  • Monetize your social presence and avoid being exploited online


Do you follow food Instagrammers or Bloggers, hungry for those same stunning looks and daily likes? Andrew Scrivani joins CreativeLive to bring you the ultimate mobile food photography playbook. In this comprehensive course, the award-winning food photographer shows you both the art and strategy for creating images that entice (and grow!) your social following – all within a mobile workflow. From styling a delicious dish to building your social business, Andrew will help you use the phone in your pocket – and any budget – to engage an audience that can’t get enough.

Whether you’re new to mobile food photography or a pro eager to expand your services, this course will give you the blueprint to create irresistible images that generate the attention you want on your blog and social sites.


  • Beginners wanting a better understanding of mobile food photography and creating an engaged audience
  • Professionals wanting to expand their repertoire
  • Those who love taking pictures of food, but aren’t sure how to best utilize social media platforms
  • Bloggers who write about food but need high-quality images to go with their written social media content


Andrew is a world-renowned commercial photographer, food stylist, New York Times columnist, workshop instructor… with countless additional titles and accolades. Some of Andrew's clients include Apple, Adobe, Conde Nast, Disney, Meredith Corporation, Grey Advertising, and your friends here at CreativeLIVE.

Andrew's recent work includes directing and photographing the latest campaigns for Oprah Winfrey’s O That’s Good Foods and Bumble Bee Tuna as well as directing a short documentary film for The New Yorker Magazine, The Blades of New York's ‘Forged In Fire’ Contestants.


  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • Olloclip Lenses
  • Adobe Lightroom Mobile


Amy Vaughn

Food photography isn't my niche, but I still like taking nice photos of my food with my phone for personal use. I picked up a couple good tips in this class that have already made my food photos look better. In particular, the recommendations for the table-top size portable light and not shooting in the same direction as the light.

Tomas Verver

I still found the teacher interesting while not becoming too technically and not using too much jargon. Was shooting more differen photographs so it was a nice introduction to this genre. Even when I dont use an Iphone and I had done different photo courses.