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Our First Live Photography and Prop Styling Workshop

Price:           Php 16,000
Early Bird:  Php 14,500
Slots:           Only 16 slots

When:         July 22–23, 2017
                     8:00AM–5:30PM

Where:       Unit 108–110 G/F Ferros Bel-Air                      Tower, corner of Durban, Felipe,                      and Polaris streets Brgy.                      Poblacion, Makati City, 1210


Early bird pricing is only applicable for applicants who confirm on or before June 19, 2017. Sign up now!
 

Join the Photokitchen team in a two-day intensive class on the Fundamentals of Food Photography, Prop Styling, and Basic Post-Processing.

Explore different ways of working with natural light and create professional looking food shots using affordable equipment. Design sets for food subjects using Photokitchen’s extensive prop library and learn how to post-process your food images for both personal and commercial outputs.

We’re only opening 16 slots for this class to give each student a very personal hands-on experience. Students will be immersed in different practical exercises where they’ll be able to shoot and prop style dishes in their respective work stations.

 
 

 


Course Overview:

  • A clear understanding of natural light in food photography, and how to make the most out of it. How to use front, side, and back light.
  • Take noise-free food shots in low-light conditions.
  • Basic equipment, camera settings, lenses, and affordable tools to boost the quality of your food shots.
  • The different styles of composition and framing for food.
  • How angle & perspective is affected by the nature of the dish.
  • Starting your own prop library: What props to buy first.
  • Hands-on exercises. The class will be given editorial briefs to photograph and style sets of dishes on their own, with the guidance of the Photokitchen team.
  • Tips on dealing with clients and working with food brands in the form of actual real-life case studies.
  • Finding your workflow: Planning, styling, shooting, and post-processing using Adobe Lightroom.
 

 


 

What You'll Get:

  1. Knowledge and practical training to shoot food at a professional level.

  2. Live demos, exercises, and real-life commercial and editorial briefs to hone your technical skills.
  3. A food photography portfolio to start a career in the craft.
  4. Live critique of photos taken during the class itself.
  5. A certificate of completion.
  6. Access to all online classes here in Tablecrafter worth $265.
  7. Meals and snacks for the entire duration of the class.
  8. Access to exclusive food photography Lightroom presets made by the Photokitchen team.
 

 

What You'll Need:

  1. Full knowledge of basic photography principles. You can complete Tablecrafter's free Digital Photography Essentials online class here.
  2. A DSLR or mirrorless camera with manual and live view functions.
  3. A tripod during class.
  4. A laptop with Adobe Lightroom.
 

 
 

You may sign up here. Hurry! We only have 16 slots open.

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Our First Post: Why We Built Tablecrafter

I remember when the package from Amazon arrived at my doorstep. It was a typical brown box flashing that signature smirk under the logo, beckoning me to open it. After waiting almost sixty days for this package–because that's how long it takes if you live in the Philippines–I was ready.

The box contained a shiny new set of professional studio lights: the first quality product I've purchased since I could only afford shoddy China-made equipment earlier in my career. I hopped to my studio, unpacked the box, wept for a second, and finally, plugged the device. In astonishment, I looked at the bulb straight in the eye and relished this beautiful object. I hit the switch. Boom!

It exploded. In my face. The high-powered bulb seared my eyes and it blinded me for a minute. When I regained my vision, all I could see were the glass remains scattered on the floor and the stupidity of my actions. If not for the metal guard that sat in front of the bulb, I might have gone blind for good.

With the number of ignorant experiments I ran as a beginner who was equal parts eager and lost, I could write a half-exciting novel about all my mistakes. Now if I had a place to learn this, I could have spared myself the clunkery.

I've been practicing photography for almost ten years. I started my career taking pictures of people, but then eventually found myself focused on shooting only food because I had more fun with it. In fact, I run a photography studio called PhotoKitchen where I shoot food for clients: both mom n' pop restaurants and multinational corporations like Coca-cola, Nestle, and the big advertising agencies. I learned everything through the internet, and it was hard.

I did not have a mentor. I could not afford to study in a prestigious art school. Most of the learning materials available online and in bookstores were dry, outdated, or too casual. None could teach me what I wanted to learn at a price I could afford. I had to dive in and do stupid things like make light bulbs explode for me to learn to the craft.

In recent years, food photography and styling have risen in popularity because of platforms like Instagram and Pinterest, but the resources to practice and learn it have not. It's a deep, immersive, and enjoyable craft, and strangely, nobody's talking about it.

This is why we made Tablecrafter.

We hope that people who want to get into the visual art of food can do so at a fraction of the cost of art school, learn it in an incredibly short amount of time, and have great fun with it. We also want to help connect people who care about this craft: cooks, photographers, or simple food enthusiasts in a close-knit community that we'll try to build. And for those who want to do this as a career, we'll eventually offer serious resources for professional work.

We're only a few days old, and we still have plenty of work to do. Right now, we're focused on building more classes, creating more free content in our magazine, and helping people out.

I'd love to see you around! If you have any questions or concerns, please send me an email and I'll do my best to reply right away.


Mylene Chung (@mylenechung) directs photography and styling at Tablecrafter on top of running her own small studio called PhotoKitchen for the past eight years. She takes care of two fat cats. Send her an email to mylene@tablecrafter.com.