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Learning Food and Drink Photography

via LinkedIn Learning


Demonstrates the art and science behind shooting food and drink photographs.

Award-winning food and advertising photographer Bill Robbins has been sharing the art and science behind shooting food and drink photographs for years. Join him as he shows how to enhance a food's color, shape, and texture and how to convey a sense of mood, environment, and story. The course also addresses essential gear, effective prop placement, and lighting techniques, and includes tips for styling various dishes, staging and photographing drinks, shooting on location at a restaurant, and editing the final photos.


  • Welcome
  • What makes an appetizing food photo?
1. The Two Flavors of Food Photography
  • Composing graphic styled photos
  • Composing for the emotional style
  • Comparing graphic and emotional styles
2. Essential Gear
  • Choosing the right camera
  • Evaluating lens options
  • Setting up a studio kit
  • Choosing light reflectors
3. Lighting Techniques
  • Best practices for lighting direction
  • Creating a specular lighting setup
  • Creating a diffuse lighting setup
4. Setting Up the Shot
  • Composing a point of view: Profile or overhead
  • Finding creative backgrounds
  • Styling napkins, tablecloths, and utensils
  • Adding props to a set
5. Styling and Shooting Food
  • Staging cereal on a spoon
  • Preparing ingredients for a salad
  • Creating different looks with a salad
  • Staging a grilled steak
  • Making fake ice cream
6. Staging and Shooting Drinks
  • Creating a chill effect
  • Creating ice shards and water
  • Creating hot drinks
7. Shooting at a Restaurant
  • Finding the right location and lighting
  • Creating a natural look with artificial lighting
8. Creative Shooting Techniques
  • Playing with your food
9. Editing
  • Exploring ideas for editing photos
  • Goodbye

Taught by

Bill Robbins

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