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Food Photography 101

Take better food photos when you learn these creative & technical tips and tricks.
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 1h 22m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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With Food Photography 101, you will learn how to get better results with your food photos. When you know how to use your camera’s settings and learn some creative composition and styling tips, you will be proud of your food photos and they will get noticed.
Master Your Camera and Composition to Take Great Food Photos
•Learn what “perfect exposure” means and how to use your camera’s settings to get it
•Understand how technical decisions affect your food photos
•Master natural light to bring out the best in your food photography
•Recognize how to use or break the rules to make your compositions stand out
•Create impact using food styling tips and tricks
If you’re frustrated with your food photos, this food photography course is for you.
I want to share with you all the things I learned that helped me get my food photos published. Whether you want to be an instagram influencer, food blogger, or magazine food photographer, I designed this course to give you the information and tips you need to take your food photography to the next level.
In addition to the video instruction, you get to download lesson summaries that you can save to your mobile phone to have with you at every step of your food photography journey. These portable tips & tricks graphics mean you have me in the palm of your hand during every food photo shoot.
And I invite you to use the Udemy platform to connect and stay in touch with me with your questions and success stories!
What you will learn:
•How to make light work for you when taking food photos
•How exposure decisions make or break your food photos
•How to use your camera’s settings to get perfect exposure
•How shutter speed, aperture and ISO decisions help you take great food photos
•When to use a tripod or hand-hold your camera
•What location in your house or restaurant is the best place to take food photos
•What kinds of household tools can help you use natural light to your advantage
•How the location of the natural light affects your food photos
•How to manage dark locations and still get good food photos
•What composition rules to use and what rules to break to create compelling food photos
•How important your background is to help frame your photo and tell your story
•What angles to shoot at for good food photos
•How to use negative space, leading lines and diagonals to make food photos stand out
•How to create compelling scenes using food styling tips & tricks
•Why simplicity is your friend
•How to have fun when styling your food photos
•What role the color wheel plays in your food styling choices
•How to use texture and other food in food photography styling

You will learn

✓ Master your camera and composition to take great food photos!
✓ How to work with natural light to get great food photos.
✓ How to style & compose your food photos for maximum effect.
✓ What location in your house or restaurant is the best place to take food photos.
✓ What angles to shoot at for good food photos.
✓ How to create compelling scenes using food styling tips & tricks.
✓ What role the color wheel plays in your food styling choices.
✓ And much more!


• This course is designed to be most useful if you have a DSLR camera (any brand).
• You will get maximum value from this course if you have a basic understanding of your camera’s settings.

This course is for

• Beginner food photographers who want to quickly learn how to take great food photos, for fun or money!
• Food bloggers who need to capture compelling photos of their recipes.
• Recipe writers and cookbook authors.
• Social media influencers who want their food photographs to stand out!
Pro Photographer
Published Food Photographer
In 2010 I was fortunate to meet the publisher and editor of a local foodie magazine, and started to collaborate with them to provide food photos. Since then I have had hundreds of my photos published in the magazine, including 13 cover shots. I learned a lot along the way and want to share my knowledge with you.
I got my first camera at age 16 and learned a lot by trial and error. When I decided to take photography seriously, I earned a Photography Certificate from SAIT, in Calgary, Canada, and have worked as a pro photographer since 2008, specializing in food and business branding photography.
International Recognition
In 2021, two of my food photographs were shortlisted for the prestigious Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year awards. What an honour! With over 10,000 entries to this global competition, I was thrilled (you might say tickled pink) to be selected for the shortlist.
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 1h 22m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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