WSP 88 — Digital Food Photography: An Introduction to Shooting, Styling, and Editing
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 1 day
Date(s): Sep 30
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Sep 23
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Instructor(s): Erin Gleeson
10:00 am—4:00 pm
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Do you love taking photos of what you eat? Do you wish you knew how to use your camera better when taking those photos? In this workshop, we will learn how to style and photograph food and learn to use natural light to take dynamic pictures. Using digital SLR cameras (shooting in raw) we will shoot indoors and outdoors with a variety of different props, and we will also review tips for shooting with your iPhone. We will go over camera basics, including what 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 such props as plates, silverware, napkins, glasses, candles, or flowers for a successful shot. We will edit our photos in Adobe Photoshop and learn some basic tricks for easy retouching, including cropping, color correction, contrast, and object removal. Finally, we will discuss best practices for sharing photos online. Whether you’re a food blogger or someone who just loves taking pictures of your food, this workshop will help make those photos look even more appetizing and professional.
This workshop is for students of all levels. Students should bring to class their own DSLR camera and iPhone as well as a fully charged laptop with Photoshop installed.
Erin Gleeson, PhotographerErin Gleeson received an MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts and has taught photography and Photoshop at the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Academy of Art, 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.