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The Basics of Commercial Food Photography

$185.00 $120.25


Become a master in food photography. Everything you need to know is in this course, brought to you by Rob Andrew.

  • Advertising your business and finding your first client
  • Selecting a right gear for a food photography
  • Examples of shooting on location
  • Post-Production in Adobe Photoshop

Author: Rob Andrew

Watch the interview with Rob here

In this course, you’ll learn the basics of natural light on-location food photography as well as mixing natural light with strobes.

Rob also covers equipment, basic food photo retouching in Photoshop, some words about workflow, basic food styling tools and his tips for acquiring and keeping clients as a food photographer.

This course is for you, if you:

  • Your level is from beginning to intermediate in food¬†photography.
  • You want to see a start-to-finish food shoot.
  • You want to pick up some great general tips about becoming a food photographer.

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Photo Shoot

  • Camera Gear - 7min

    Rob goes over the main camera equipment, lenses and other camera related items he brings on a typical food shoot

  • Basic Food Styling Tools - 7min

    In this clip we’ll discuss basic tools you can bring with you to help style food (even if you’re not a professional food stylist).

  • Lighting Equipment - 9min

    In this video, you’ll learn about the lighting gear involved in food photography and Rob’s philosophy of “going light” with minimal equipment

  • On Location - Chieckn shot, part one - 9min

    Hello from the wooden Spoon.

  • First Dish (Chicken) - Part Two - 5min

    Continuing to explore the first dish, we’ll adjust the composition and lighting on the shot.

  • First Dish (Chicken) - Post Production - 25min

    Our first retouch is covered in this video. Learn about brightness/levels adjustments, cropping, cloning and healing, fixing issues on the plate, content aware fill.

  • Second Dish (Duck) - 7min

    In shooting our second dish (duck confit, farro salad, olives, pickled raisins, oranges), we’ll discuss and show and examples of all flash vs. daylight/flash mixture. We will use the 4 foot softbox.

  • Second Dish (Duck) - Post Production - 16min

    In Photoshop, learn how to fix a spill, clone distractions, duplicate a drop of sauce and more.

  • Third Dish (Dessert - butterscotch pot du creme) - Part One - 6min

    Taking a natural light food shot with bounce cards. Using a fresh table surface scouted from outside.

  • Third Dish (Dessert - butterscotch pot du creme) - Part Two - 5min

    Continuing our dessert shoot, we’ll change the composition to finalize things and polish them up a bit.

  • Third Dish (Dessert - butterscotch pot du creme) - Part Three - 4min

    Continuing our dessert shoot, we’ll change the composition to finalize things and polish them up a bit.

  • Third Dish (Dessert - butterscotch pot du creme) - Post Production and Thoughts - 20min

    Rob talks about the composition, selecting the right image and retouching. Photoshop techniques include liquify, cloning, brightening.

  • Beet Salad - Introduction - 2min

    A second visit to the restaurant. Background and lighting gear for shooting a beet salad.

  • Beet Salad - Photoshoot - 6min

    Photographing a beet salad using the strobe in an octobank. Exploring a soft quality of light.

  • Beet Salad - Bonus Video - 3min

    See the difference between the way an octobank lights the salad vs. a cheap shoot through umbrella.

  • Beet Salad - Post Production - 25min

    This one needed a bit more post work, we’ll discuss compositing two similar images to make one final and making more major repairs to a photo.

  • Burger - Photoshoot - 6min

    Photographing a burger with two light sources and daylight for the background.

  • Burger - Post Production - 28min

    In this video we colorize the background for a more interesting look and work the clone stamp and liquify tools.

  • Workflow - 7min

    Introduction to Rob’s workflow including of Photo Mechanic, Capture One and Photoshop interaction.

  • Business Intro and Show and Tell - 2min

    Rob shows off a couple of studio items.

  • Identifying Potential Clients - 8min

    Who the clients are in food photography.

  • Advertising Your Services - 12min

    Some ways of advertising your food photography services.

  • Advertising - Part 2 - 9min

    Continuing discussion of advertising and social media. Philosophy of using Instagram.

  • Keeping Clients Happy - 11min

    Some tips on keeping clients happy and keep them coming back.


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Course Breakdown:

Total Running Time:  4+ hours

Level: Intermediate

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