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WSP 88 — Digital Food Photography: An Introduction to Shooting and Styling

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Sunday
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 1 day
Date(s): May 2
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Apr 25
Unit: 0
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Tuition: $225
Instructor(s): Erin Gleeson
Limit: 24
Status: Open
Please Note: This course includes a 30-minute lunch break.
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
10:00 am—4:00 pm (PT)
May 2
1 day
Refund Date
Apr 25
0 Unit
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Erin Gleeson
Please Note: This course includes a 30-minute lunch break.
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Do you love taking photos of what you eat? Do you wish you knew how to make better use of your camera when taking those photos? In this one-day course, we will learn how to style and photograph food and how to use natural light to take dynamic pictures. Using digital SLR cameras, we will shoot outdoors with a variety of different props. We will go over camera basics, including which lens, f-stop, and shutter speed to choose for best results. After looking at professional food photographers’ work for inspiration, we will discover how to combine surface backgrounds and props such as plates, silverware, napkins, glasses, candles, and flowers for a successful and well-composed shot. Students will be encouraged to prepare their own food at home and shoot during the course. Whether you’re a food blogger or someone who just loves taking pictures of your meals, this course will help make those photos look even more appetizing and professional.

Students should have a digital SLR camera; mobile cameras are not recommended. Although this course is geared toward beginners, students should be familiar with their cameras before the class starts—ideally familiarizing themselves with the camera's manual.

Erin Gleeson, Photographer; Food Writer

Erin Gleeson received an MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts and has taught photography and Adobe Photoshop at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Academy of Art University, and The Art Institute of California–Silicon Valley. She is the creator, photographer, and stylist of The Forest Feast blog and cookbook series (theforestfeast.com, @theforestfeast).

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.