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01 Introduction to Food Photography Class11:54
07 Food Styling Tools of the Trade08:31
Class duration: 13h 44mSee all 32 lessons
About The Class
Learn the Ins and Outs of Food Photography—for Business and Pleasure
AFTER THIS CLASS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO:
- 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
ABOUT ANDREW’S CLASS:
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.
WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR:
- 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.
Introduction to Food Photography Class
Andrew Scrivani introduces his food photography class and outlines the topics he’ll be addressing.11:54
What Is Food Porn?
Andrew explains how to evoke these sensations and make your pictures so real you can almost taste them.37:14
Food Photography Lighting
Learn the secrets to making your food pop with light.21:14
Food Photography Props
Using the right food photography props and positioning will go a long way toward making your food look its best.58:45
Food Styling Props
Andrew demonstrates food styling props so you can optimize your food shots.16:39
Food Styling Tips
Get food styling tips and tricks so you can achieve a truly gorgeous photo.37:49
Food Styling Tools of the Trade
Andrew shows you the food styling tools and techniques he uses.08:31
Camera for Food Photography
Choosing the right camera for food photography and creating a complete kit with all the right gear is an essential step to becoming a successful food photographer.30:26
Food Styling Tutorial: Spaghetti and Pudding
Watch an intensive food styling tutorial on how to style and prep pasta and pudding.20:06
Food Styling Q&A
Andrew takes questions on food styling.16:16
Andrew takes questions on food photography gear.16:56
Food Photography Camera Settings: Do The Math
Get the basics on food photography camera settings, including ISO, aperture, shutter speed, and white balance.23:48
Understanding Light Meters and Settings
Learn more about understanding light meters and camera settings.29:08
Shooting Demo: Dessert Photography
Watch a detailed demonstration of a dessert photography shoot.31:33
Student Shoot: Bread Photography
Students learn about bread photography and get the chance to do an overhead shot of bread and cheese.15:54
Student Shoot: Soup Photography
Students learn about soup photography and how to do a soup shot using a tripod.16:31
Student Shoot: Pastry Photography
Students learn about pastry photography and try a handheld shot of pastry.13:08
Student Shoot: Sandwich and Soup Handheld
Students attempt a handheld shot of a sandwich and soup.17:43
Workflow Prep to Post
Andrew explains how to shop, cook, and organize everything you need to get a successful outcome.45:16
Learn how to organize, fix, and perfect your shots in the post-processing stage using Adobe Lightroom.27:07
Food Blogging Tips with Shauna Ahern
Get a new perspective on food photography from food blogger Shauna Ahern.36:59
Q&A With Shauna Ahern
Shauna Ahern and Andrew answer questions from the audience.29:57
The Top 10 Questions for Every Food Photographer
Get answers to the top 10 questions most commonly asked about food photography.28:32
Food Photography Business Q&A
Andrew answers questions from the audience about the food photography business.33:43
Learn the dos and don’ts of the photo copyright.19:22
Advertising Your Photography Business
Andrew offers expert advice about breaking into and advertising your photography business, including how to use the internet to get clients.36:57
The Artist vs. the Business Person
Andrew discusses how to separate the emotional aspects of your art from the financial aspects and how to value your work so you get what you deserve.36:21
Tips and Tricks for a Budget Shoot
Learn how to conduct a great food shoot on a budget.23:07
Tips for Food Photography with Phone
Get advice on food photography with phone.38:59
Andrew critiques students’ photography and gives them advice on how to improve.12:16
Facebook Contest Winner Critique
Andrew critiques photos from the winners of the Facebook food photography contest.16:11
Q&A and Parting Wisdom
Andrew offers a final course wrap-up and provides some parting advice to the students.16:05
Andrew is a photographer, director and producer who has worked on editorial, publishing, advertising, content creation, documentary and feature film projects. He is also an internationally recognized workshop instructor and author and columnist on the subject of visuals. ... read moreSee instructor's Classes
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This was one of the best workshops I've ever taken in my life – in person or digital. Andrew is a fantastic teacher – if I hadn't known his first career was as a professor, I would have guessed it based on the quality of teaching. He had a casual attitude, sense of fun, and easy-going manner of speech that made him immediately accessible, and a joy to watch for the entire sixteen hours (which I completed in just under three days). For me, the main value of the workshop was to be found in the first day. Andrew went through his artistic process, dropped tips along the way, and gave a real sense of how his brain works when thinking about a scene – everything from creating the food, to styling, to composing the shot. I happen to love his use of light, and getting an insight into how he crafts his backlighting and bounce was very useful. Day two had some nuggets of wisdom – and some great hands-on – but much of the tool tutorials and post-production workflow aspects will be less useful to those who are already professional photographers looking to branch out into a new discipline. Still, one of the standouts to me was seeing just how little he does in technical post – a good reminder that incredible shots can be captured 90% in camera. The segment with a food blogger, although not relevant to me, was captivating and insightful, and the rapport between Andrew and Shauna James Ahern was delightful. Day three was great for anyone needing a refresher on the business aspects, and some of specifics of the food photography business were good to hear in detail. For those already selling their work, who are familiar with licensing agreements, copyright, stock, etc., this may be redundant, but it's always good to be reminded of these things by an expert at the top of their game. Andrew's conclusion nearly had me in tears. He is obviously an incredibly passionate, giving, and humble artist, who not only feels blessed in his own life, but feels compelled to pass on some of his good fortune. That's a wonderful thing to see, and honestly gave me a nice boost of motivation to up my personal game. Throughout the workshop I found Andrew's lesson plan spot on. His in-studio students asked great questions, and the questions selected from the online audience filled in a lot of the blanks. While I may have liked to have seen a bit more hands-on from Andrew – just to get more of a feel for his process – all in all I felt like this covered everything I was hoping to gain from it. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking to get into food photography – whether you're a complete novice or a seasoned professional photographer who wants to explore food. Whether it's for advertising, editorial, stock, or blogging, he really covers it all, exploring both broad concepts and very specific practical applications. I can't rave enough about this. If you're at all on the fence, buy it. You'll be glad you did.
Day one was a good investment for me. After that... not so much. Not sure this is really about photography. For sure, Andrew is an artist, he's great at communicating the art of the food, the art of proping, but explanations about how to make images is very simplistic. For instance he makes a pretty big blunder explaining the "math" of photography. He says his favorite setting is f4/125th, at iso 100. His grasp of lighting beyond window light and reflectors left me a little flat. He does a good job of explaining his style -- which in spite of it all -- I like. And to be fair, Andrew is an editorial food photographer. If you're interested in opening a food photography studio and doing product work -- this may not be the class for you. I think this is a good class for cooks and bloggers who want to make images of their food. If you're a beginning food shooter, you will find the information about styling and proping useful. Having watched some of Pennhy de Los Santos and Andrew, the editorial people seem to over simplify lighting and camera and lens work. At the same time, there seems to be a theme emerging in photography and that is that it's really almost better to be highly versed in another discipline and come to photography through the back door... (e.g. a rock climber who picks up a camera, a conservationist who decides to document the changing landscape and wildlife, a cook who just so happens to like taking images). Photography, for its own sake, seems to be a thing of the past. At the end of the day the class is $129 -- so... not like you have to take out student loans to get something out of it. This guy is likable, and sincere, and makes a huge effort o be helpful to anyone interested in shooting food -- and it's hard to ignore his personal success.
Andrew's class is excellent, through-and-through. The mere handful of negative reviews focus on the underwhelming results of his test shots in the class -- they're kind of missing the point. The instructor's test shots aren't about the final product, they're used to tell about the process, and boy does he do that. This course is comprehensive and concise. Scrivani talks about the ins-and-outs of the job itself (how much is styling, how much is buying the food or preparing it yourself, how much is just pure photography) and furthermore gives insight as to the nature of the business and pricing. He is clearly a strong teacher with an ear for student input, and it shows. He explains things in stages so that he doesn't 'lose' a novice student, but doesn't dumb it down so much that he's wasting the time of veteran photographers. Within each lesson (let's say he's describing the function of aperture, something most photogs already know) he's keen to pepper in little details about equipment, styling, or lighting so that there's useful information for a broad scope of the audience. The other courses, taught by Penny De Los Santos, are a joke compared to this one. De Los Santos I'm sure is a nice person, and she produces wonderful work, but her course provides little practical information and she effectively ignores her audience saying only "yeah this isn't good", making some unnamed adjustment, then "yeah okay this works" while the audience just sits there wondering what's even going on. Andrew Scrivani is very different. In one student-photographed shot, he recognizes that a more experienced pupil can easily snap his 'handheld' photo challenge, and so he throws them a curveball -- take an additional shot with a different background or styling -- and communicates clearly to the audience why he's changing the task and what the significance is. For a novice pupil, he assists her with the camera and explains to the audience the importance of getting settings right. All told, I had been unimpressed with CreativeLive's tutorial offerings until I stumbled upon this fantastic instructor. Yes, some of the information is dates (iPhone photography has taken giant leaps forward since 2013) but the practical information (lighting, budget options, business advice) is all salient and relevant. Andrew, if you by chance read these reviews, I'll say once more what was true the moment I started watching -- this course is excellent.
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