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Getting Started in Professional Food Photography

via CreativeLive


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With the advent of social media foodie culture, food photography is everywhere. The market is saturated with top-down smartphone images of cappuccinos, barley salads, and elaborate toast. This represents a real opportunity for photographers looking to expand their businesses. Professional photographers are in a position to provide high-quality, captivating images of delicious food for clients eager for an alternative to stock photography and social media images.

Join veteran photographer Steve Hansen for this comprehensive basics course, and you’ll learn:

  • How to shoot a beverage, main course, and dessert.
  • How to light and style your shots to get the most compelling images.
  • How to build out your basic studio gear to get the most out of your food styling and photography.

Steve will walk you through the basics of becoming a food photographer by drawing on his own experience as a chef, certified food stylist, and photographer. You’ll learn about the equipment you’ll need; how to interact with food and prop stylists, and direct them during a shoot; how to work with digital technicians and editors; and you’ll learn Steve’s tips for marketing food photography. 


  • Introduction To Class
  • Tour of a Modern Food Photography Studio
  • Prop Styling with Malina Lopez
  • Food Styling with Steve & Malina
  • Working with a Digital Technician
  • Food Photography Gear
  • Why Use Natural Light?
  • Natural Light Food Shoot Prep
  • Food Photo Tools & Tricks
  • Capturing Food in Natural Light
  • Natural Light Shoot Final Touches
  • Shooting For a Client
  • LED Lighting Overview
  • Prep for Oven Shoot with LED Lights
  • Oven Shoot with LED Lights
  • Business of Food Photography Overview
  • Food Photography Websites & Blogs
  • Food Photography Print Marketing
  • Food Photography Portfolio Tips
  • Pricing and Negotiating for Food Photography
  • Final Food Photo Career Advice

Taught by

Steve Hansen


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