The photographing FOOD PDF series is the best way learn that food photography skills you need to sell your food! The full colored PDFs show you everything that goes into making food look as good as it tastes. As you learned in the FREE Introduction to Food Photography Course, food provides photographic challenged not found in other subjects. The series is designed to focus on a specific aspect of photography and how it relates to shooting food.

Issue 1 Window Lighting

 In this issue you will learn all about how a window lighting set up can create the perfect light for your images. Whether you are a novice just starting out, or an pro looking to add food photography to your portfolio, this issue has everything you need to get started! Some of the topics explored in this 37 page full color PDF are:

  • understanding what creates shadows and how to control them
  • understanding how a light’s direction effects an image
  • differences between hard and soft light
  • how to build a table top reflector
  • how to build a counter top studio
  • an inexpensive solution to shooting at night
  • and much much more!

Issue 2 Color & Camera

Issue 2 is all about Color and Camera. In the color portion of the issue, I will walk you through color theory! Through exploring monochromatic, analogous, complementary, and split complementary color patterns you will find new inspiration and ways to enhance your food photography. The camera part of the issue will show you how:

  • camera angles can enhance an image
  • shooting tethered to a computer will help your workflow
  • how aperture can be used as a creative tool to create a blurry or in focus background
  • how you can take a beautiful image with any camera

Issue 3 Shooting at Night

Have you been struggling with finding ways to create beautiful images of your food using artificial light? Issue 3 of photographing FOOD will address this problem!

  • You will learn the differences between flash and continuous light (and which is right for you)
  • I will take the fear out of using flash with a 5 step guide to using flash
  • You will understand how and why you need to modify an artificial light source (diffusing it and changing its color temperature)
  • I will introduce you to the concepts behind shooting reflective metal objects like silverware and serving dishes

This 33 page full color downloadable PDF has everything you need to know to start taking beautiful pictures once the sun has gone down!

Issue 4 Ingredient & Process Shots

Do you mainly take pictures of food as a finished dish on a plate? This final version of a dish isn’t the only mouthwatering shot of your food you can create! This issue will explore:
  • examples of how you can make ingredients the star of a shot
  • how your camera settings like shutter speed will impact the look of an image
  • how to create high-key (light and bright) and low-key (dark and moody) shots with poster board and one flash
  • how a lenses focal length will impact the look of your final shot (I will show you why macro lenses are awesome!)
  • how the recipe will change the look of a subject
The 40 pages of Issue 4  will inspire you to explore shots before the food is plated.

Issue 5 After The Shot

You have read issues 1-4 and learned how to take beautiful pictures of your food! In this 35 page color downloadable PDF, I will show you how you can enhance those images in Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop. Having an understanding of what you can do after shot will insure your in camera shots are best suited for quick and efficient post processing. In this issue I will show you:

  • what retouching tools you have available to you in Photoshop and Lightroom
  • add text to communicate an idea
  • tell a story with a diptych
  • how a histogram can tell you about exposure
  • the power of the Tone Curve tool and how you can enhance your images to fit your style

Issue 6 Outdoors & Travel

Hitting the road and shooting outdoors? Issue 6 has everything you need to know to take beautiful pictures of your food outdoors! Inside this 38 page full color downloadable PDF, you will learn about:

  • why a collapsible diffuser is a must have tool when you shoot outdoors
  • how the time of day impacts the look of your shot
  • taking pictures at farmers’ markets, restaurants, picnics, your backyard
  • how to find the right natural light in a restaurant
  • and much much more

From hobbyist to professional, there is something that every photographer can take away from this issue.

Issue 7 Backgrounds

What you shoot your food on is just as important as the subject you are shooting. A well chosen background can tell a story, complement the subject, and make for a stronger and more powerful image! Paper, tile, wood, fabric, stone, etc… with so many options how do you choose? In this 39 page Issue 7 of photographing FOOD, I will show you some of my favorite backgrounds that are readily available right in your grocery store. Feeling artistic and want a completely custom background? I will show you how I paint, stain, and even decoupage my way to beautiful one-of-a-kind backgrounds that are perfect for any type of cuisine!

Issue 8 Modifying Light

This issue is all about modifying the artificial light that you learned to create in Issue 3. Throughout these 37 pages you will learn what lighting modifiers are and how they can be used to shape and change the quality and direction of the light you are creating. This issue focuses on modifying a single light set-up. From DIY set-ups made from an acrylic light panel to my favorite professional grade lighting modifier, this issue is filled with examples, tips, and techniques that any level of food photographer will love!
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