Since I have been in cooking school my appetite for food photography has developed. I discovered a class called “Natural Light Food Photography” thanks to fellow food blogger Lynne of Cook & Be Merry. I would have titled the class “How to Shoot Your Food at Home with Whatever You Have Available and Make it Look Fabulous”. Ok, that‘s too long, but you get the idea. This class is geared for chefs, food bloggers and foodies, but I think it’s great for the home chef as well.
Christina has been professionally shooting food for 18 years. Her photography is gorgeous, but more importantly to us as students, she was able to communicate her craft in terms we could all understand. We were navigated through camera settings that pertained to SLR’s all the way down to the iPhones. Lighting techniques were explained, working with back light, side light and fill cards that we could make at home. The importance of working with a tripod was emphasized as essential to a successful outcome. Did you know the iPhones can be used with a tripod?
Amy has been styling sets and food for 15 years. She taught us about the elements of food styling and gave us 9 steps for styling a great shot. We went over the basic tools needed, such as small spray bottle of water to make food look fresh, and museum wax to hold food in place. Amy says, when you are styling food you are telling a story. It sounded so romantic when she explained it. She gave us lots of tricks and tips of the trade that I found to be very insightful.
At this point our brains were full but our stomachs were empty. We stopped for a light lunch provided by Christina and Amy. Now we are ready to jump into action.
Equipped with all our newfound knowledge, we began to create our mini masterpiece from a table of props and food Amy had prepared for us. I was like a kid in a candy store with so many intriguing things to choose from.
Christina was attentive to each of our shoots helping us with lighting and camera settings. Amy was always close by to assist us with food styling tips.
At the end of the day Christina showed us the basics of color correcting photos and optimizing them for the web and print.
Click here to check out Christina’s photography classes in Marina del Rey, CA.
Here are a few of the photos I shot during the class.
Quote of the Day
“The question is not what you look at but what you see!” – Henry David Thoureau
Food lit by natural light looks… natural, as it should be.
That is what I want to see.
…and then she paused for thought.