Styling: Props & Smallware


When you think about what makes food look great, you can probably name two key elements: photography and food styling. But there's a lesser known concept that's equally critical and often overlooked: prop styling.

Prop styling is the art of curating and arranging all the elements in a photo or video to best showcase the subject. The person styling the set needs to have an extensive knowledge of surfaces, fabrics, plants, silverware, plates, bottles, and all types of containers used for food. Apart from this, color theory and composition come into play as well.

This class will help you fully understand the critical role a prop stylist plays in crafting a beautiful image. You'll also learn the common techniques and components that people who design and produce sets use. To top it off, you can also use this class as a permanent reference and inspiration manual for your future projects.

What You'll Learn

  1. Definition of Prop Styling
  2. What Sets Prop Styling Apart
  3. Defining your Prop Elements
  4. Composition
  5. Mood / Theme
  6. Color
  7. Minimalist vs Maximalist
  8. Guide Questions for Clients
  9. Building Your Prop Library

Who's this For

Take this class if you want to:

  1. Make sure that your full production (not just your photographs) look great.
  2. Collaborate with a photographer or stylist as an art director or production designer.
  3. Become a full-range talent by integrating prop styling into your photography or food styling skillset.

What You'll Need

You technically don't really need anything for this class. However, if you want to make the most out of this class, be prepared to set aside a small budget to build your own prop library.

You can also take this class independently from our food photography or styling classes. If you just want to learn how to arrange and curate props, you can go ahead with this class.

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 I need any equipment for this class?
This class will help you decide on what sets to build for your upcoming projects so starting this class won't require anything at all. 

Is this class enough for me to style with props professionally?
You might have to do some sourcing and purchasing before doing an actual shoot, but you can easily just buy props on a per-project basis and let each project define your list of necessary items.

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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