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.
- 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.
Bread and Dips
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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)
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.