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Capturing Food in Motion

with Steve Hansen

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About The Class

Splashes and Crashes: Bringing Food to Life

The food in an image is quite another thing from food on a plate in front of you. Food photographers have the challenging task of recreating the many sensations that draw us to a good meal - its aroma, warmth, the anticipation of taste - using only one of the senses. To bring foods to life in pixels and on paper, Steve Hansen liberates them from the stationary plate. He captures them in motion, crashing and splashing into each other.

Join veteran photographer Steve Hansen for this course, and you’ll learn:

  • How to capture your food in action by using the right flashes and strobes.
  • Which lenses and settings to use to capture your food and liquids in vivid motion.
  • The basics of post-processing for images of frozen motion, and how to enhance the image you take in-camera.

It will be fun and messy - the audience will be wearing slickers to protect their clothes from flying food and liquid. In addition to learning about the technical requirements for capturing food in motion, you’ll learn how to sell your images to editors, websites and magazines. Develop the confidence to bring more advanced techniques into your food photography practice, and make your photos stand out in the crowd.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Introduction To Class

  2. 02

    Splash Photography Gear

  3. 03

    Rigging & Special Effects Gear

  4. 04

    What is Commercial Photography?

  5. 05

    Building a Splash Photography Set

  6. 06

    Setting Up Your Splash Image

  7. 07

    Capturing Your Splash Image

  8. 08

    More Splash Photo Techniques

  9. 09

    How to Capture Splash Images on a Budget

  10. 10

    What is Crash Photography?

  11. 11

    Building a Crash Photography Set

  12. 12

    Crash Photo Food Prep

  13. 13

    Capturing Flying Pancakes

  14. 14

    Capturing Eggs & Bacon in Motion

  15. 15

    Capturing High Speed Plate Crashes

  16. 16

    Capturing Syrup Drips

  17. 17

    Studio Workflow for Splashes & Crashes

  18. 18

    Choosing The Right Splash Images

  19. 19

    Combining Splash Layers in Photoshop

  20. 20

    Splash Image Final Touches

  21. 21

    Combining Crash Images in Photoshop


Meet Your Expert

Steve Hansen

An award-winning photographer specializing in food and beverages, Steve Hansen brings an artist’s eye and a chef’s perspective to every image he creates for his clients. Steve draws upon his prior experience as a food stylist, professional chef, and digital artist to every shoot where he creates vibrant and impactful images that consistently resonate with the senses ... read more

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  • pdf Food In Motion Lighting Setups
  • pdf Capturing Food In Motion Gear List

88% of students recommend this class.
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  • Cynthia

    June 2016

    This course is so fun to watch! I love how hands-on this course is even while watching it 3000 miles away on the other side of the country. I love how Steve Hansen is like a mad scientist just throwing food everywhere just to capture the "right moment". It's great to watch a professional at work especially the behind-the-scenes that we normally won't ever know just by look at the final product. It's amazing how much work goes into this and actually gets me excited to try my hands on capturing food in motion as well - first need to find a place that allows me to get it messy :D I do prefer this type of course set up than the lecture-style some of the other courses are.

  • Creativelive Student

    May 2016

    This course will NOT disappoint! So much quality info that can really help a photographer move to the next level. To see the actual shoots with food flying everywhere and how to capture all of it and turn it into an incredibly stunning image is worth every penny of the price tag. To spend an afternoon with Steve on a one to one basis would cost more than most of us could afford but that is exactly what this class offers! We see into the mind of an incredible artist and his creative process. This class has been invaluable to my personal education as a photographer. There is so much here and I will continually come back to it again and again to learn and refine my techniques and images. You opened up a world of possibilities to me with this class! Thanks Steve!!!

  • Creativelive Student

    May 2016

    I attended this class in person and I found it to be wonderful. Steve is awesome at what he does and he is great at explaining what he is doing and why he is doing it. This course will lay out all the steps needed to help you create awesome splash and crash photography. I highly recommend it.

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