Food Photography 101

After our last photo course, Jenn and I decided to do a specialty course on food photography at SPAO. It’s broken up over two weekends; each Saturday, class is from 9-5. It makes for a long day, but it’s super fun so far!

The first assignment that our instructor, Adrien Duey, had us do was a simple light exercise. He set up three stations with three different “found lighting” conditions. Two were soft light, and one was a very strong, direct light.

Our first assignment used eggs as a subject. We were also encouraged to keep the sets very simple and to focus on the lighting.

My group started at the softest lighting condition. The window providing the light was in the north-east corner of the room, so the light was very soft.

The second station had very similar light, but a little stronger as it was closer to the main light source in the room (a south-facing window).

Finally, the full light window: I was also instructed to use “lines” in this composition.

It was really interesting to see the different qualities of light, and the different ways that the same subject can be light. I am definitely inclined to seek out lighting conditions like the last one, but I can see from the class that that isn’t always appropriate, depending on the client.

That was the morning – more to come on the afternoon.

Also, check out my instructor’s portfolio. Wow. That’s all.


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