Monday, September 20, 2010
A Camera with a View
Autumn in Tuscany is marvelous in itself, but the opportunity to give my first food photography workshop there is really a dream coming true.
Yep, you understand correctly, I'll tend a photographic workshop on all food things related in a wonderful villa in Siena countryside from October 11th to 16th inside a week long culinary journey including cooking lessons, Italian language courses, food styling advices and social activities like visits to wineries and city food markets.
The workshop will consist in 5 topics:
"Good to taste, nice to look"
The first and most important thing in food photography is the subject that must not just tasting good but also be attractive to the eyes. I'll go deep into explaining the "appetizing" factor and why and how food must be prepared in order to look good in shots.
"The basic principles of lighting"
What is lighting, why it is important to photography, hard and soft light, practical tricks for the everyday photographer to improve her shots.
"The 3 things you have to know about your camera"
Photography technique is basically about 3 things: time, aperture and focus. Forget all the other silly buttons and marketing features, start to think about what really matters.
"Composing the frame"
Now we have the subject, we know how light it, we also know how to correctly use our camera. But what we'll shoot? I'll teach how to create a pleasant set and the various way to create interest in an image.
"Practical examples, question and answers, recapitulation"
Let's take the recipes prepared during the food session and see how we can put in practical use all the concepts explained the days before. This is the perfect moment where "students" can attempt to shooting food from start to end while I'll be there to help them, giving advices and pointing out the strong and weak point of everyone so they could (if the will) continue their exploration in food photography following the right path.
For further information about costs, place availability and all the rest you can visit http://studyabroadopportunities.ning.com/ (registration needed) or inquire through mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Alessandro Guerani is a professional photographer specialized in food shooting. He lives in Bologna, Italy, and is available for assignments to create the images you always craved. Read the "About me" or contact him using the "Mail me" in the blog menu above.)
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