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Food Photography

From Plate to Photo

with Andrew Scrivani
Food Photography
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

  • Discover the three best angles to shoot food from ó the iconic tabletop view, the interactive dinerís view and the artistic overhead ó and pick up Andrew's tips on when to use each one. Then, Andrew takes you on a tour of the professional lenses he uses and offers recommendations for the inexpensive equipment and homemade accessories that will transform your photography.


Lesson 3. Shopping is Propping

  • Food is not only the subject, but can be a prop, too, adding invaluable context to your photos. Andrew shares what he looks for when shopping for food and offers several tricks for transforming less-than-perfect produce into top-notch trimmings. Discover how to complement the colors in your subject with accessory food props, and learn styling and scene-setting techniques for appetizing images.


Lesson 4. Chopping is Propping

  • Andrew shares the styling tools he canít live without and then shows you how to cut up vegetables to maximize their aesthetic. Learn proper techniques for cutting on the bias, dicing and julienning. Discover how to keep foods like apples and eggplants from turning brown during your shoot. Explore the cultural expectations that come with plating iconic food such as hamburgers and pancakes, and learn three ways to style a chicken.


Lesson 5. Finding Your Style

  • Learn to create your own aesthetic as Andrew shares how he found his vision for photographing food. Get tips for using props to reflect your style while tapping into cultural cues. Learn to create a signature look to differentiate yourself as a photographer.


Lesson 6. Using Props

  • Learn to set a scene and tell a story as you build your photo from the tabletop up. Discover the illusions you can create through props and set scenes that tap into the emotions people have associated with food. Then, Andrew takes you through two set-ups, a romantic dinner and a picnic, and shows you how he styles the food and how the scene changes throughout the shoot.


Lesson 7. Challenging Foods to Photograph

  • Learn invaluable tricks of the trade as Andrew shares secrets for styling some of the most challenging foods to photograph. Discover how to light chocolate desserts as well as white cakes. See how to build a salad from the plate up and learn how to photograph liquids with the proper exposure. Then, discover two ways to style a bowl of soup, depending on whether youíre shooting it from a tabletop view or above.

"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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