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Lesson 7 from: Story on a Plate: Food Photography & Styling

Todd Porter and Diane Cu

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Lesson 7 from: Story on a Plate: Food Photography & Styling

Todd Porter and Diane Cu

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Yes monica can I have you here with just with your friends do the same thing here you're just going to be here just like right and which one's your tattoo once uh doesn't feel natural that way I want to get it is if you're putting something in there okay, well I wanted to get the back of her head on okay, so we'll do too well do teo me okay wiggle wiggle back and forth not e doesn't work on this I just helping back look forward to that okay okay. Freeze great he's got one detail already got okay got let's do detail that wine barrels and we're going to shoot one without motion in it and one was somebody putting the book on the shelf which might be joe we're gonna have you um face the bookshelf it's going to be the back of your head shot I'm actually gonna shoot through the window okay, yeah you're gonna be here just say so and then you're gonna pull which of those books if you're gonna pull one which one would you like a shooting outside through the window do you want to just capture fr...

om your need it okay, so you gonna hold that roll right now and just put it back in an hour ready? Okay, just move back and forth, okay hold it there great, thank you. And then I'm gonna shoot it without okay, when you shoot it without and so we're gonna shoot this is the detail is there anything on there that you want off in terms of books? Yeah or just like any author that you don't want showing I don't know because it's kind of an endorsement right to show that okay, we're good great that details done way get it detail of your aprons just hanging here. This is awesome work. Yeah, can we do you have a third one? That's what was used last night? It's okay, but it's more. Um, do you have any other anything here with the market branding on other than the business card? Because the guy doesn't show on here, right? Ok, that's okay, it looks great. You know what would be cool to have like yeah, actually, I should detail after like that. Yeah, well, shoot one like like this after now this is good. You have cleaner ones, just something. I mean, you guys know what you were trying to capture here? Is that the really authentic feel? Because it's such a small, intimate space and there's so much such great detail like, you know, this this apron shot just with the aprons hanging so this one we're going to shoot dessert less cool, one clean here I could do this, I could d'oh like that you see or did you want to see market maybe I could just show dessert I like the market but it looks a little bit too staged right so that's what I'm saying or maybe we could do another one with oh that's awesome let's do that too okay let me get this first okay that's great this's awesome this is great this is great e so I need a nap actually think arises rashes catching isn't that amazing way have a tool one tool to break tension either really resting knife something small that's awesome so ah drop exposure just good yeah exposure so if there's any changes you want to make shoot a doctor for sure yeah sure what do you think uh oh yeah he dropped exposures yeah way smooth slightly to the right or the left oh, great use a trash can this is awesome yeah grab this no, actually it was just a way to get more of the drama and then we're gonna do the hand motion yeah so someone's gotta lay do yoga on this end and I'm gonna so we're gonna pull from two different sections we're gonna go like I'll go from one here someone's gonna pull this you have to weigh just we just go back like this way no not really hold on too strong okay with a with a bigger moment so your movements just use another part of the floor theo dark stuff, way with framing it just to the right. Yeah, yeah, that we breaks up is the other one was so perfectly placed, making this a little more random and natural, but the focus is actually on the card, with awesome focus of the hard way. Wait on the floor of the most popular texture in our studio is the floor, that's it money, that's. Well, it's, a little below now, just exposed to the card. More that's. Awesome.

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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...


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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