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Story on a Plate: Food Photography & Styling

with Todd Porter and Diane Cu

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  •   08 Documenting Food Stories

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  •   11 Shoot: Cherries

    32:47

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About The Class

Learn how to artfully photograph food.

Food styling photography isn’t just about taking a delicious image; it’s a way to tell a story about tastes, seasons, and aesthetics. Learn how to artfully capture that story in-camera and share your work with potential clients and collaborators.

In this course, you will learn how to craft a food story through images that are unique, intimate, and meaningful. Noted food photographers Todd Porter and Diane Cu will show you how to utilize natural light whether you are shooting at the table or in a restaurant. You’ll learn simple techniques for food styling that will keep your food fresh and believable on set. Todd and Diane will also share strategies for creating a thriving food photography business through their successful blend of online marketing and community building.

Whether you want to explore a new career in food photography or are seeking to improve your existing food styling skills, this course will arm you with the technical skills and industry knowledge you need to succeed.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    01:13
  2. 02

    Lighting

    00:50
  3. 03

    Plating

    12:50
  4. 04

    Hero Shots

    05:34
  5. 05

    Motion in Restaurant

    07:52
  6. 06

    Portraiture

    03:44
  7. 07

    Restaurant Details

    08:32
  8. 08

    Documenting Food Stories

    23:24
  9. 09

    Food Lighting Clock

    33:23
  10. 10

    Lighting Q&A

    18:12
  11. 11

    Shoot: Cherries

    32:47
  12. 12

    Shoot: Dessert

    14:38
  13. 13

    Shoot: Savory Fried Chicken

    31:03
  14. 14

    Natural Food Styling

    41:04
  15. 15

    Shoot: Styled Chili

    30:37
  16. 16

    Shoot: Styled Salad

    10:03
  17. 17

    Shoot: Fried Chicken with Multiple Dishes

    25:08
  18. 18

    Shoot: Dessert with Multiple Dishes

    32:46
  19. 19

    Styling Workflow Between Photographer and Stylist

    15:30
  20. 20

    Shoot: Herb Still Life

    08:15
  21. 21

    Capturing Food on Location Part 1

    39:09
  22. 22

    Capturing Food on Location Part 2

    36:53
  23. 23

    Photographing in Restaurants: Lighting

    13:20
  24. 24

    Photographing in Restaurants: Plating

    41:39
  25. 25

    Photographing in Restaurants: Motion & Portraiture

    17:21
  26. 26

    Photographing in Restaurants: Hero Shots

    26:22
  27. 27

    Photographing in Restaurants: Restaurant Detail

    14:38
  28. 28

    Interview with Ethan Stowell

    28:58
  29. 29

    Q&A with Ethan Stowell

    09:59
  30. 30

    Expectations and File Distribution

    31:29
  31. 31

    Final Delivery and Building Relationships

    44:40
  32. 32

    Shoot: Multi Dish Dessert Part 1

    37:13
  33. 33

    Shoot: Multi Dish Dessert Part 2

    15:58
  34. 34

    Shoot: Fried Chicken with Drinks

    23:22
  35. 35

    Shoot: Large Table Setting

    09:30
  36. 36

    Shoot: Hand Model Holding a Pie

    22:20
  37. 37

    Shoot: Bread Making Scene

    22:50
  38. 38

    Shoot: Summer Tabletop Scene

    24:45
  39. 39

    Starting a Food Photography Business

    19:50
  40. 40

    Making a Living in Food Photography Part 1

    31:54
  41. 41

    Making a Living in Food Photography Part 2

    32:08
  42. 42

    Food Stories Through Moving Pictures

    28:57
  43. 43

    Sharing Food Stories & Life

    25:39

Meet Your Expert

Todd Porter and Diane Cu

Todd Porter and Diane Cu-Porter are professional photographers and filmmakers specializing in food, travel, lifestyle and they produce content for editorial, advertising and cookbooks. Their work has been seen in national advertising campaigns, magazines and newspapers for clients including Food ... read more

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