Ashburton Cookery School

Food Photography

Ashburton Cookery School

Food Photography

If you have ever tried to capture the essence of raw ingredients with your camera, or photograph a beautifully presented dish so that it makes your mouth water, you know that photographing food requires skill.

Conversely there is nothing so underwhelming than a poor shot of food. Thankfully our one-day Introduction to Food Photography course is here to help with expert tuition from commercial food photographer, Jon Mackenzie.

This course is aimed at anyone who is keen to improve their photographic skills, including enthusiastic food bloggers, people who just enjoy posting daily meal updates on Instagram, food producers, or anyone who simply wants to gain the photographic skills to capture beautiful food images.

The aim of the course is for students to gain the basic skills and knowledge to be able to reproduce images on their own at home or on location and develop their understanding of cameras and lighting so they can produce content that rivals their competitor's blogs or just their friends Twitter feed.

Your expert tutor will take students through basic technical theory and camera control, composition, styling of food and props and lighting control. There is no need for students to have completed any previous photographic training and owning a high-end DSLR camera is not essential. Students can even bring a simple 'point and shoot' camera or, at a push, their phone.

You will learn

  • Basic theory
  • Camera control
  • Composition and framing
  • Props
  • Lighting

Equipment Required

  • Your own camera:
    • this does not need to be a high-end digital SLR - a point and shoot camera can achieve great results or at a push, even your phone.
  • If you own a tripod, please bring this with you on the day.
  • A fully charged battery and empty memory card!
  • A notepad and pen.
Refreshments and lunch is provided on this course.

Chef Tutor

Jon Mackenzie is an accomplished commercial photographer with over 10 years experience in the industry shooting lifestyle, product and interiors for some of the world's leading brands.

Jon is passionate about food photography. He holds a BA in Commercial Photography and is a qualified lecturer having has taught photography at all levels.
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