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Lesson 2 from: Story on a Plate: Food Photography & Styling

Todd Porter and Diane Cu

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Lesson Info

2. Lighting

Lessons

Class Trailer

Day 1

1

Class Introduction

01:13
2

Lighting

00:50
3

Plating

12:49
4

Hero Shots

05:34
5

Motion in Restaurant

07:51
6

Portraiture

03:43
7

Restaurant Details

08:31

Lesson Info

Lighting

So we have a lot of great spots to shoot, and we're very right here, obviously, by the door. Uh, this is a great space right here, this sort of floors. Amazing, yeah, lowers. Amazing. The door gives wonderful light. Although it's a small restaurant, it doesn't feel like there's, not enough light, because there really is, yeah, great light this way, uh, it's, actually, great light back here, back where the ships are way. Have actually good spots back here, too. We have that little bit of er was like a spotlight coming through the skylight. I'm really excited about the story that I think there's. A lot of great food, like here going on, you get a lot of good, too.

Class Materials

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Gear Guide
Places to shop for Food Styling Props
Syllabus

Ratings and Reviews

a Creativelive Student
 

First, thank you to Diane, Todd and the CreativeLIVE team for a wonderful exploration of "shooting" food with artistry. This course offers the beginner and professional photographer many incites into the world of natural food photography. With some business and lifestyle tips the majority of this course showcases an effective natural shoot style that allows anyone to deliver wonderful images. The strongest point I found useful is to “find a voice” for the story, your images or your client. While I understand “finding the voice” when writing copy it is the realisation that any activity can have its own voice. Your voice can be the style of image you like, the shoes you wear, the books you read, etc. it is not limited to how loud you (or anyone else) shouts. Using general principles and building good habits through practise will allow you (and me) to achieve, not just find, success. The “lighting clock” is a useful shorthand helping communication with clients, producers and peers. The strong emphasis on practise, speed and taking advantage of any appropriate situation both improves productivity and reduces the impact on a client. Last but not the only other gem in this course is the bald (not a joke Todd) fact that any photography business was, is and will always be based on the relationship between the photographer and the client. Building a relationship is the best marketing device any photographer, food stylist, entrepreneur or creative mind can develop. Other courses offered by CreativeLIVE also stress the relationship aspect of good businesses as their best marketing asset. I highly recommend this particular course for lovers of (in no preferred order) food, photography and life. Thank you for reading and I hope you find your voice in all things. FJH...

ValeriaArdiyants
 

Diane and Todd are amazing! They've held nothing back when giving the rest of us an honest, detailed look into what it means to be a food photographer. I've seen many seminars on the topic from different companies and photographers and this one is my favourite. I love their no fuss approach to food photography. It leaves me feeling like food photography is manageable without having to fuss with cameras and lighting gear that are outside of my budget. I love that Diane often mentions how there's more to food photography than the plated dish. And Todd is just adorable and has the cutest laugh! They're a fantastic team that are engaging and make it easy to learn from them. Highly recommend purchasing this course!

MAlisa NIcolau
 

I loved this class and how Todd and Diane taught it. It was very personal and inspiring, with lots of insight and tips. This is not a camera technical class, but more an artistic, motivational and visual food photography learning environment. Their examples on how to set up scenes and stories behind the food and people involved are very enlightening. They gave me a lot of great ideas and hope that I, one day, will become as good of a photographer as they both are. Great team!!!!

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