Workshops are great way to learn, in fact in some workshop you always learn more and retain better with hands on training. Penny De Los Santos conducted a food photography workshop in Seattle on December 11th 2009. In this post I am sharing 4 important lessons that I learnt from this workshop.
I badly wanted to be in the food photography workshop by Penny De Los Santos. Unfortunately, with a full time job and being in Midwest, I had no option but to stare at my screen and learn about the workshop remotely through social media. Many thanks to Valentina Vitols (Blog: http://valentinavitolsphoto.blogspot.com), Lorna Yee (Blog: http://www.thecookbookchronicles.com) and Shauna James Ahern (Blog: http://glutenfreegirl.com) for using Twitter to share the updates. And Kudos to Seattle Bon Vivant (Blog: http://seattlebonvivant.typepad.com) for sharing pictures from the session.
Below are the
four five important lessons that I remotely learnt from the great food photographer Penny De Los Santos.
Use Natural Light
Penny says “ natural light is best for food photography.” Natural light makes things so simple, it is amazing. The color come out perfect accurate, you don’t have to think and adjust the white balance in your camera.
Try Different Angles
I read in one of the photography books to move around your subject a lot and take lots of shots. Same thing applies in food photography, sometime a 45 degree angle works best, other times a simple top view make a photograph eye catching.
Use Real Food
I am just so happy to hear that. I have written about ethics in food photography before and although some think it is “okay” to use white glue and motor oil, this just strengthens my belief. As you may have read before I have a simple principle, “if you can’t eat it, don’t shoot it.”
I think this is by far the most important thing in food photography. To celebrate. When you start to celebrate lot of things fall in place automatically. The music starts playing, the lights are dimmed and the mood is changed. Power of attitude at best.
Added: Observe Photographs
I have experienced that the best way to learn photography is to observe and look at photographs not only of your own but of others. For your own photograph, critique it very brutally. “Look at photographs like it’s your job.” What do you think is missing? How can it be improved? What needs to change?
Update 1: Some time back I wrote what I think is a Complete Guide to Process of Photographing Food. This post explains various phases of food photography and several steps involved.
Update 2: – Added the following section with recent updates.
More About This Workshop Elsewhere:
- Food Photography Workshop at Aldente Blog – Rebekah gives a good 7 point summary of lessons learnt. Wonderful description and quick summary of lessons learnt for those of us who couldn’t attend the workshop.
Food Photography: Penny De Los Santos, workshop with at 1 Family Friendly Food – If you want more visual retreat, Nurit has posted tones of photographs and not just event photographs but also beautiful food photographs.
Flickr Pool – This is a great place to treat your eyes with more food photographs and all of them from this workshop. This pool has some very awesome photos. Gives you a complete idea of what happened that day. Paula also has started a discussion with links to other posts with experiences from this workshop.
On Twitter – Twitter is one place, that has real time information about this workshop. Visit the link above to learn more.
Update: Found this Useful – Let Her Know
This workshop was organized by Viv (Blog: http://seattlebonvivant.typepad.com) and as you may have some idea, this is a lot of work. If you found this even a bit helpful, please let Viv know. I am sure she will appreciate your feedback.
Your Food Photography Challenges
In the comments section below, please add what are your photography challenges. It will be interesting to know what aspects of food photography you would like to learn and what you find confusing or tough.
Lorna Yee (Blog: http://www.thecookbookchronicles.com) graciously granted me the permission to use her photograph. Lorna, thank you for that. Readers, be sure to visit her blog for more stunning photographs.
Disclaimer: I did not attend this workshop and all information was gathered by doing little research on social media sites. Kudos to Twitter for making this possible.