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The Heart of Food Photography – 6 August 2011

Interested in learning about food photography? Unable to attend the inaugural The Heart of Food Photography class scheduled for July 16 due to prior commitments? By request, a second class has been scheduled for  Saturday, 6th August 2011.

If you’re not already aware, 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, 6 August 2011.
Time: 10:00am for a 10:30 start.
Duration: Approx. 5 hours, including 1 hr break for lunch.
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

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

  • Kim H.
  • Martyna B.
  • Shaun M.
  • Nicola M.
  • Graham M.
  • Betty Y.
  • Muppy S.
  • Natalie W.
  • Melissa P.
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  • muppy July 7, 2011, 4:15 pm

    Hi Simon,
    I would really like to do this course. I don’t actually have a dslr camera at the moment but I would really like to get one, I use a point and shoot for my blog and as you could tell my photos are really not very good! But I am loving blogging so much and want to improve. Just don’t know where to start and how much i need to spend for a decent camera. I was considering getting the canon g12 to ease me into manual photography.
    Also I have a friend who may be interested in this course too (who has a great camera!) but just warning you she is vego.
    Thanks so much, Muppy.

    • Simon July 7, 2011, 4:34 pm

      Hi Muppy :)

      Having a DSLR isn’t a requirement for attending the course. Though, if you at least have a camera that will allow you to adjust manual settings for the aperture, shutter speed & ISO, regardless of whether it’s a DSLR or P&S, then you’ll be able to get the most out of the class. Also, vegetarians can be catered for, so no worries there. Feel free to sign up your friend, or any others that might be interested. All welcome :)

      The G12 is a good camera to get though if you have a bit more to spend, you can get an entry level DSLR along with a decent lens for food photography for a few hundred dollars more. There are benefits and drawbacks either way you go so it’s up to you.

  • shaun@everybodylovesramen July 19, 2011, 4:47 pm

    Yippy kai yay I just signed up!

    • Simon July 23, 2011, 6:08 am

      lol! Glad to see you’re so excited. Until then dude :)

  • Nic July 19, 2011, 8:05 pm

    I’m in! Looking forward to it :)

  • Su Lee July 21, 2011, 6:29 am

    Hi Simon,

    I saw this food photography class on Cats – Love – Cooking facebook page and I am so excited. I just need to organise someone to cover me at work, so I shall sign up for August 6th tonight. I dont have a DSLR camera as yet…point and shoot but I think it should have all the requirements you mentioned to muppy above…14.1 megapixel Sony sorry I cant remember the model number.
    It will be great to get some advice on DSLR camera’s ect for a beginner off you on the day.
    Im not a food blogger I just like to go out and eat and take pictures many pictures of food and my friends are not allowed to touch the food till Im done…LOL…yayyyy I cant wait to learn the mysteries of food photography basics :) Thanks, Su

    • Simon July 23, 2011, 6:06 am

      You sound like a food blogger to me, or at least have the passion and the “no touchy food” thing we tend to do. Maybe it was time that you started your own food blog perhaps? :)

      Thanks for signing up. I’ll see you at the class.

  • Vivian - vxdollface July 22, 2011, 12:19 pm

    gahh would love to come but i potentially have something on the 6th T_T i may be a last minute attendee if that’s ok! ..or i’ll just attend the next one you hold ;)

    • Simon July 23, 2011, 6:04 am

      Well you have until Friday 29th to sign up. After that and unfortunately it may be difficult to secure a place for you in the class.

      If you’re able to confirm by the cut off date, great! If not, perhaps the next one as you say :)

  • Melissa July 27, 2011, 11:08 am

    Signing up for this when I get home from work tonight!

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