Food Photography Fundamentals


If you can imagine yourself shooting food spreads for a magazine or taking on restaurant clients to improve their menus, this class will set you on the right track. You'll learn the core principles of food photography that will get you started without having to invest in costly professional equipment.

You'll learn to set up a simple studio for food photography. Use inexpensive and makeshift tools such as mirrors and illustration boards to manipulate light, while mastering the use of natural light to bring out the best in food.

At the end of this class, you should be able to create magazine-quality photos using only the core principles, natural light, and low-cost equipment.

What You'll Learn

  1. How Different Food Photography Is
  2. The Basic Equipment and Tools
  3. The Live View Focus Trick
  4. Long Exposures: Noise-free Photos in Low Light
  5. How to Compose Food Images
  6. An Overview of Natural Light in Food
  7. How to Use Side Light
  8. How to Use Back Light
  9. Why You Shouldn't Use Front Light
  10. How to Flag or Block Light
  11. How to Use Mirrors as Reflectors
  12. Case Study A: Shooting a Salad for a Magazine Cover
  13. Case Study B: Shooting Noodles for a Japanese Restaurant
  14. Case Study C: Shooting a Strawberry Tart for a Poster

The class ends with a quiz so you can check how much you've actually learned. Aim for a perfect score!

Who's this For

Take this class if you want to:

  1. Begin your path in becoming a professional food photographer.
  2. Produce magazine-worthy food photography.
  3. Start shooting food professionally without advanced lighting equipment.
  4. Expand your existing knowledge in photography (especially regarding food).

What You'll Need

You'll only need a digital camera and an eagerness to learn.

While expensive lenses and fancy equipment can help, you won't necessarily need them for this class.

However you'll need prior knowledge in basic photography to fully grasp the techniques and concepts discussed in this class. Feel free to run through our free Digital Photography Essentials Class to learn the basics or to simply refresh your knowledge on the topic.

Common Questions

What happens when I buy this class?
Once you purchase a class, it will be added to your account permanently. This means that you'll be able to access it anytime when you log-in to Tablecrafter, forever.

Does the class have an offline version?
We do not have offline versions of our classes because we constantly update and improve them. Once you own a class, you'll also get all the free improvements. This means that the class will get better over time and you can revisit it as frequently as you like.

How long is this class?
Our focus is on getting you started practicing immediately. This means that we'll skip the parts that we feel are unnecessary to learning, to keep it as light and fast as possible. For us, the best way to learn is to make it as fun and easy at the beginning, and then let people immerse themselves further into the craft with the more technical details later on.  If you're a fast learner, you can complete this class in a matter of hours and get started practicing right away.

Wow, that's pricey for a short class!
Our classes are priced a little higher than most, but there's nothing like it. We did not hesitate to share everything we know about the craft—enough to get you started on a serious career in food photography. Yes, it's short but you'll learn a lot.

Will this class turn me into a professional food photographer?
Yes, for projects that don't require you to manipulate artificial studio lights in granular detail. You'll need Commercial Food Photography: Speedlight for that. 

What if I didn't like the class?
We can't sleep at night knowing that you're not happy. Here's our guarantee: if you did not find this class helpful, just send us a message and ask for a refund. We'll send you your money back as long as the request was made 15 days from purchase.


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