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Food Photography

From Plate to Photo

with Andrew Scrivani
Learn essential styling, prepping and propping techniques to craft mouthwatering food photos!

Acclaimed food photographer Andrew Scrivani brings you a packed menu of invaluable techniques, focused on pro styling tips for delicious food photography.  Learn how to use natural light to showcase the texture of a dish and add appealing shadows and highlights. Then, discover the perspective and lenses Andrew recommends to create an array of appetizing images. Next, find out how to choose an ideal “hero” product for a shot, and select complementary props and colors to develop context. Maximize the aesthetic appeal of your subject with techniques for preparing a range of food, and learn three ways to style chicken, one of the most complicated and popular subjects. Build two scenes from the table up as you learn to create intriguing, compelling compositions. And, discover trade secrets for successfully styling challenging dishes — including salad, soup and desserts — to set the stage for enticing images.

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Lesson 1. Seeing Light

  • Meet your instructor, acclaimed food photographer Andrew Scrivani, as he delves into the role of light in creating drool-worthy photos! Discover how to create attention-grabbing specular highlights, and why backlights and sidelights accentuate texture to create dramatic compositions. Learn to convey mood and tell a story in your photos as you capture highlights and shadows.


Lesson 2. Camera Angles & Gear


Lesson 3. Shopping is Propping


Lesson 4. Chopping is Propping


Lesson 5. Finding Your Style


Lesson 6. Using Props


Lesson 7. Challenging Foods to Photograph

"Thank you, Craftsy, for bringing Andrew Scrivani to your growing photography community! Not only is he an acclaimed food photographer and respected in his field, he is an excellent educator... I appreciate instructors who are comfortable in front of the camera, approachable, organized and generous in sharing their wealth of expertise, and he is all of the above. This class is well structured and provides excellent tutoring in the subject of food photography, both on the tangible (technical, gear, prep, settings, lighting, etc.) and intangible (conveying mood, style, story, etc.) aspects. There is a lot of information, but it is nicely paced. It is well produced and I enjoyed watching every lesson."
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