Today I had the fortunate opportunity to sit in on a Food Photography workshop with photographer, Andrew Scrivani. Andrew is teaching a free, LIVE, Food Photography workshop on creativeLIVE this weekend. For more details on the class click here… Food Photography.
Andrew’s background includes an immersion into cooking that many food photographers may not have, from my perspective this really provides something unique, as he has a real understanding and passion for food. Along with that, he’s quite the food stylist.
It was a great kick off for the workshop, filled with fabulous inspiration, practical information and inspiration about food photography. Much of which can also apply to photography in general. There was a combination of a slideshow of images, talking through their story; along with hands-on plating demonstrations and more.
Andrew reviewed about the following topics:
– Light: The use of Light & learning to see it.
– Props: Selecting props and integrating them into your shot.
– Food styling: Food selection, matching the props to the food, etc…
– Plating: Tips, Tricks and Tools to get everything just right.
– Gear: What’s in his gear bag and why.
Many folks ask me for advice on buying gear, camera’s specifically, so it was nice to hear Andrew speak on this. He asks several questions, which I’ll often ask people who ask me for advice on this topic.
– What’s your budget?
– How much space do you have?
– What’s your level of knowledge?
– What is your style of shooting?
I also like to add, what do you need the camera to do?
Thinking through these things, going to your local camera store and putting cameras in your hand is a great way to find a camera for yourself.
Tomorrow is going to include lots of shooting on the creativeLIVE set, mostly by Andrew, but I hear the students too. As well a guest appearance by Shauna James Ahern of Gluten Free Girl. And the final day of the workshop is going to be focused on the business of food photography.
If you’re a food photographer, or food blogger, or just a foodie who wants to create better snaps of the meals you eat or cook, check out the next two days, as you’ll be bound to get something out of it.
Here’s a few of my fave quotes from today:
“When the door’s open a crack, you kick it down, you don’t peek in!”
“You’ve got to be bold, you have to be willing to get in there and get the shot.”
“You have to let your personality bleed through in your photography but not give it all away.”
“The little imperfections in things sometimes make the photograph.”