About

Welcome to Learn Food Photography – a site for food photography and food styling enthusiasts who like to learn more about photography and styling.

We are G and Neel, the couple on the other side of your computer screen and running Learn Food Photography. Currently, we post twice a week (on Mondays and Thursdays) and write about food photography, food styling, equipment and tools, ethics and business of food photography and styling. G loves to cook the food and food styling and Neel loves food photography. Read more about us (about G coming soon) and the story behind Learn Food Photography.

About Neel

My name is Neel and I am a hobbyist food photographer. In my other life, I work as an Engineer repairing stuff that someone else broke. As far as I remember, it has been about 12 years since I picked up first used a camera. It was an old Russian 35 mm film camera – Zenit. Though it was heavy and bulky with not many lens options, that old camera was enough to draw me in to the world of photography.

In these 12 years, I have loaded lot of film rolls in several cameras, developed them and loaded another roll. Couple of years ago, like most of the photographers, I stopped loading film rolls too. These days, I plug in my memory card and download it on my laptop.

In these 12 years, I have learnt a lot and I still feel I don’t know everything about photography and cameras. So, while I may trick you to believe that I am an expert, don’t believe it. And every time I try, remind me “you are still learning, you are not an expert” :).

My Love Affair

It was just one stormy night and clouds were all over the place. With lightening cracking down our ceiling, there was absolutely nothing to do. The itch of shooting something was making me uneasy. The God of Weather or the God of Rain weren’t very happy with me. G was busy baking and then she pulled out this wonderful brownie. And that was it. I knew I have to take that photo. And I did. That photo turned out just alright. Nothing mind blowing for the first food photo.

Story Behind Learn Food Photography

I instantly knew I need improvement and I started researching. I googled and searched and researched some more. There wasn’t enough information for those who wanted to learn food photography. There were some $2000 seminars and $500 courses. For a hobbyist, that was a bit too much. So I went the frugal way. After couple of months of  research, I improved somewhat and researched some more. This is what I am still doing today – learning something new, improving a little bit and research some more.

Now, I have a stack of my notes that are getting tough to organize and keep intact. I have started converting to blog posts, I wished that’s how I would have started. So while, this blog is still young, my notes, lessons learned and mistakes made, have been with me for quite a while.

The motivation to start Learn Food Photography came from the frustration of not finding information about food photography online. In the coming months, our plan is to post more frequently and engage our readers.

Free 30 Days Food Photography Course

If you are serious about food photography, consider joining our free 30 days course for improving your food photos.

Click HERE for FREE Food Photography Course!!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope we can help each other and become a better food photographer.

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Disclaimer
  • Please note that I am not a lawyer so if I give you a legal suggestion, please be aware that it is just my opinion and there is no reason why you should believe that.
  • Thoughts on this blog are of my own and have nothing to do with company I work for, places I have lived and the food I eat.
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  • Great to meet you on Twitter! I like your approach. If I can help in anyway, let me know. Thanks!

    • Thank you for comments! I guess you can help us (me and readers) all by providing your feedback. If you find something, that you don’t agree with, would love to hear that.

  • You have a good thing going here. There is very little on food photography on the net.
    Thanks, Juan

    • Thank you for your thoughts Juan. Just trying to share what little I know or am discovering.

  • Oooo… I am very excited about this site! Welcome to my favorites! 🙂

    • Thank you for your thoughts. And thank you for adding us to your favorites 🙂

  • Great website – lots of very useful information!

    I have just registered to receive your free eBook so I am looking forward to receiving that.

    I am interested in food photography because I own the site GetMeCooking (http://www.getmecooking.com/user/paul) which allows users to submit recipes along with photographs (in fact every recipe must have at least one photograph). So I hope I’ll be able to learn some things from this site that I can use on GetMeCooking 🙂

  • I’m so glad to have stumbled upon your blog via Twitter! It’s great to see a site that caters to those of us who have the passion for food photography and styling but would prefer to learn the “frugal way”. I’m really looking forward to following and learning. Thanks so much for sharing all that you’ve taken away from your past experiences!

  • @Paul

    Thank you stopping by.

    @Dhale,

    Thank you for these kind words and encouragement.

  • Hello G and Neel,

    The Taste-Buds think you deserve the honest award check it out here:
    http://thetastebudz.wordpress.com/2010/01/31/the-honest-award-10-things-to-hate-about-us/

    • Thanks a lot for the honor Viviane. Also, thanks for posting a link on foodbuzz.

  • I just bought a Canon EOS Rebel T1i. Lots to learn. This is a great place to get ideas. Thanks!

  • I’m sure you have seen her work in your google-searches, but I learned so much about food photography from Still Life With: http://stilllifewith.com
    for example, here’s the entries about gear: http://stilllifewith.com/category/photographygear

  • Hi Neel and G,

    I was doing some online research and found your blog. I am a professional food stylist working in Southern California, and I absolutely LOVE what I do. There are many hobbyist food photographers and food bloggers these days, and it’s great that you have compiled this information to share with them. Bravo!

    Best,
    Cindy

  • Wonderful informative site. Thanks for all your time and information. Now, hoping I get better at food photography!

  • Hi – just found you and am so glad I did! I’m going to give you a nod in my newly-established ‘Weekly WOW!’ page on my blog, where I feature that week’s best (according to me) food-related photo. I’ll send folks over to you if they’re looking for help improving their craft, and I’ll be skulking around here too, improving mine!

  • Ana

    Where have you been all my life? You are exactly what I need! I’m so happy to have found this blog. Thanks!

  • Hi, I am sooooo glad to find your site. I am a serious enthusiast of food photography and i want to develop it into a career. I put it in my bookmark and will absolutely visit it frequently!!!

  • I am so happy to have found this site! Thank you. I’m slowly cobbling together some skills and techniques, LFP is going to be a wonderful resource. And much needed. The pompous title of my site deserves better pics.

  • Hi Neel – just stumbled on your lovely site today and as you can see, I have been hopping all over it LOL Your site is a wonderful resource for food bloggers and as I know I will be popping over very often, I will soon be adding you to my blogroll.

    Hope you have a great weekend and keep up the great and much appreciated work 🙂

  • I’m so glad to have found this site!. I’m very interested in following you, as I’d like to learn more about the styling aspect of food photography. I’m a portrait photographer as a second job, but shooting vegan foods is my passion! I want other people to know through me, how delicious plant based foods are.

    My struggles though, are choosing the correct height to shoot from, for a given food, and what props if any are/should be included. I tend to do more close up shots of the food instead of a place setting. My photos should be open on my facebook, if anyone wants to take a look. Thanks again, so much!

  • Nirmala krishnakumar

    glad i joined ths page, want to click betr pics of my cuisine, as i post them in recipe blogs,,,,nirmalakk

  • Hello, just want to say hi, been reading your site. Good stuff

  • Your blog is amazing, I really liked it.
    I’d like to show my food styling photos. Enjoy! 🙂
    http://www.vikasabophoto.com/foodstyling.html
    I especially love shooting still live, but it’s not easy though.

  • Samta

    Beautiful blog/website here – It has been added to my favorites.
    So much to learn from here.
    Thanks Neel & G

  • You have one awesome site… good and easy to understand tutorials. Tagged you already.
    Thanks Neel and G for all tat info.

  • I cannot believe i took so long to find out this blog. It will definitely help me improve.

  • Kumar Khandekar

    Neel,

    If you are based at Indore , Would like to meet personally for few discussion ,

    Can we ?

    Kumar – 9754052961

  • Pedro

    At this moment I am ready to do my breakfast, afterward having my breakfast coming over again to read more news.

  • Paulgooder

    Hi Neel. I appreciate what you’ve done with this website. Found it last night after searching for food photography help. I’m an enthusiast that got a request from a local restaurant when picking up some takeout to help him photograph some of his dishes when he found out I was a photographer. Figured to do it right I needed to get some specific help. Looks like I found the right place. BTW still working on a website!

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