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The Heart of Food Photography – 16 July 2011

Interested in learning about food photography? Well look no further as the heart of food will be running its inaugural photography class “The Heart of Food Photography” on Saturday, 16th July 2011.

The Heart of Food Photography is a one day short course geared towards novice to intermediate photographers, covering the basic principles of photography and post-processing, both from a technical and creative perspective. Whilst the class will focus primarily on the challenges that are relevant to the photography of food and food culture, all of the fundamental principles and most of the tips & tricks will be relevant to other areas of photography.

Read on to find out more about the class and how to secure your place.

Photography has been an all-consuming passion of mine for the past few years, both on a personal level as a food blogger and de facto staff photographer for my inner circle of friends, as well as on a professional level, primarily as an event photographer.

One thing I’ve learned during this time is that when it comes to taking good photos, having good gear matters less than the technical skill of the photographer, and in turn, their technical skill matters less than their creative vision. Whilst the honing of one’s artistic skills is a lifelong endeavour, the good news is that the technical aspects of photography, with a little practice, aren’t all that hard to become proficient in.

The core foundations of photography covered in the course include:

  • Lighting e.g.  The exposure triangle and the properties of light.
  • Composition e.g. The Rule of Thirds and the elements of art/design.
  • Camera operation e.g. White balance, shooting modes and focus points.

Some common photography problems and scenarios will also be discussed, such as:

  • The impact of various lighting environments and how to deal with them.
  • How to make the most of harsh light or low light situations.
  • How to get the most out of your photographic subject.

Post-processing is a crucial step in the production of great photos and can make quite an impact as evident in the above image. The course will look to give an overview of core functions you’ll need to be aware of, as well as work through some typical scenarios and how to deal with them.

Although applications such as Lightroom and Photoshop will be used to demonstrate these techniques, a lot of these can be applied in other photo applications such as Aperture, GIMP & Picasa, to name a few.

Whilst it’s not essential, if you own a laptop with suitable photo editing software such as Lightroom or Photoshop, you’re welcome to bring it along to the class to follow along with the techniques demonstrated.

During the photography course, a set-menu lunch will be provided by the team at MUMU Grill, headed by Chef Craig MacIndoe; not just as a midday meal but also to serve as subjects to practice techniques learned earlier in the day. A menu of dishes will be provided here when available.

Edit: The menu for lunch on the day consists of:

Bread and Dips
Olive Selection
Jamon Serrano
Szechuan Fried Prawns with Pickled Chilli and Soy
Duck and Shitake Mushroom Empanadas
Organic Chicken with Maple Roasted Sweet Potato and Spinach
Sirloin Tagliatta with Duck Fat Potatoes and Greens
Cherry Tomato Salad
Dessert Platter

The Heart of Food Photography course is $90.00 per person, which includes the cost of the course and the lunch provided.

There is a minimum class size of 8 in order for the course to go ahead, with a maximum limit of 14.

Further details regarding the course can be found below. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment on this post or send me an email at simon@theheartoffood.com.

The Heart of Food Photography Course

Date: Saturday, 16 July 2011.
Time: 10:00am for a 10:30 start.
Duration: Approx. 5 hours.
Venue: MUMU Grill – 70-76 Alexander Street, Crows Nest. (Google Maps)
Cost: $90.00. (Payment via credit card or Paypal)

Sign up for the course Sign up for this class has now closed.

Once payment has been confirmed, an email will be send soon after to the address registered on the payment invoice with further details regarding the course, confirm any dietary restrictions and so on.

List of Attendees

  • Ayana O.
  • Chanel Z.
  • Erin L.
  • Gaby M.
  • Mel Y.
  • Kathryn H.
  • Eva Z.
  • Danielle B.
  • Laura B.
  • Heather J.
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  • Martyna @ Wholesome Cook June 21, 2011, 9:43 am

    Oh! I like! I need to check my diary but might register anyway. Lunch sounds great and learning about photography during even better!

  • sugarpuffi June 21, 2011, 12:37 pm

    grats on ur first photography class! shame the date doesnt suit me very well but i really want to know all ur secrets about the camera mode, white balance and exposure! hope u have another class soon so i can attend to that one! :D

  • Chanel June 21, 2011, 1:36 pm

    I’ve been waiting for a class like this – I can’t wait!

  • Heather June 22, 2011, 2:26 am

    You’ve already been kind enough to share some tips with me in the past, but I wish I could participate in this!! Can’t wait to hear all about it :-)

  • Annie June 23, 2011, 2:37 pm

    I am interested in this. Been taking food pix at many restaurants already. I don’t have an SLR camera though. Do I need to have one to do this course?

  • Tina June 27, 2011, 2:37 pm

    I am so sad I can’t attend this class. Will have to keep us all updated on the details of future food photography classes :D

    • Simon July 5, 2011, 1:46 pm

      Keep an eye out for any future announcements, as there may be plans yet for another class.

  • Kathryn Hooper June 28, 2011, 3:35 pm

    Myself and my colleague Eva Zeritis would like to attend the Food Photography course. Please email me with details.

    Thank you
    Kathryn Hooper

  • Laura (Starloz) July 1, 2011, 10:04 am

    signed up buddy, see you there!

    • Simon July 5, 2011, 1:36 pm

      Thanks! Look forward to it :)

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