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Food Photography

with Penny De Los Santos

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  •   04 Principles of Food Photography

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About The Class

Join award-winning photographer Penny De Los Santos for this 15-hour course. When you think about food photography, it's not just about what's on the plate. It's about everything around it. The details, the scenes, the people, the culture, the history, the geography, and especially the moments. Food connects all of us. Food photography is the crossroad, where culture, food, and people come together.


Supplement this course and master your post-processing skills with classes from the Lightroom and Photoshop tutorials series. 

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Introduction: Point of Departure

    50:20
  2. 02

    Audience Q & A

    47:53
  3. 03

    Interview: James Oseland, Editor of Saveur Magazine

    41:59
  4. 04

    Principles of Food Photography

    43:31
  5. 05

    Critique with Larry Nighswander of Saveur Magazine

    58:16
  6. 06

    Business of Food Photography

    49:32
  7. 07

    HOMEWORK: Day 1 Assignment

    06:34
  8. 08

    Shoot 1: Citrus Still Life

    1:09:57
  9. 09

    Shoot 2: Grilled Lamb Kebobs with Citrus Salad

    55:59
  10. 10

    Shoot 3: Bacon and Grits

    48:12
  11. 11

    Shoot 4: Mussels and Frites

    54:57
  12. 12

    Shoot 5: Asian Noodle Soup

    35:14
  13. 13

    Students Shoot

    34:50
  14. 14

    Beyond the Plate: Culture, People and Place

    58:40
  15. 15

    Shoot: Oyster Roast

    45:21
  16. 16

    Shoot: Food Truck (Skillet)

    33:37
  17. 17

    Image Critique

    39:38
  18. 18

    Shoot: Farm Table Dinner

    57:17
  19. 19

    Final Assignment

    09:26

Meet Your Expert

Penny De Los Santos

Penny is an award-winning internationally published photographer that has travel extensively throughout the US and to over 35 countries on assignment.  Her work is intimate and moving. Her images are inspired by global cultural foodways and the artisanal food movement with focuses on everything from iconic dishes to ethnic street food. From the ingredients to plated meals, she uses a strong contrast between light and dark to give images an authentic, painterly feel. ... read more

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  • Michelle B

    Michelle B

    September 2015

    Penny is the best with Food photography and at telling a story with pictures. This was the very first class I ever saw on Creative Live and Penny was amazing! Her class is so informative to all the aspects of food photography, from styling, to plating to shooting and lighting. and how to tell a story. What she taught me will never go out of style and will inspire you too. Thank you Penny for this outstanding class!

  • Creativelive Student

    Creativelive Student

    August 2012

    Totally love this course!! What a find especially for the price - such a wealth of information and what a great positive spirit!! Thanks Penny for sharing - keep up the excellent work!

  • joayne

    October 2011

    Love, Love, Love Penny. What great energy. I will never look at food the same way. Her story and her vision really touched me. She was so generous in sharing her knowledge in such simple terms. One of my favorite classes!

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