Food Photo 101 – Gearing up

Or… “How To Make Your Food Look As Good As It Tastes”.


We’re gearing up to start our online adventure in food photography. Nika of Nika’s Culinary has set up a forum for the ‘class’ here. Also, there’s a Flickr group called Food Photo 101.

We’re really hoping for participation. If you haven’t seen Nika’s work, check out her photos here. I’m really excited that she agreed to do this, and I’m looking forward to learning a lot. I stole this info from her post:

Course Objective:

To guide interested budding food photographers through the technical and creative barriers they may be experiencing with their Point and Shoot (P&S) or DSLR cameras.

We will cover:

  • hardware (cameras, lighting, computers, other tech)
  • software (capture and post processing tools)
  • wetware (food styling)
  • creative aspects (composition, lighting dynamics, etc)


  • We are going to do this in a way that, we hope, gives you something you can use right away.
  • It’s important for people to not feel “disadvantaged” by having a P&S beause these cameras actually have quite a lot of capability that many people never really explore.
  • We will cover topics in a way that hopefully makes you feel more comfortable with your P&S or DSLR.

Reading Materials:

There is ONE book to read, slowly, cover to cover. This would be the MANUAL to your camera. Read it several times and have it on hand whenever you are shooting your food or other subjects (maybe not at the theme park, but at home).  Simply reading it is a start but purposeful practice (fiddling) will pay off more than 100%, I promise you.

Methods – the logistics of the Photography for Foodies series are as follows:

  • Each entry will be about one aspect of food photography, and when it makes sense, the topics will build on each other.
  • We’ll explain the topic, and Nika will go into how to achieve the results for that topic.
  • Once Nika goes through the topic, I will then try to go through the lesson, showing not just the how-to part, but the how-did part (or didn’t!).


Nika will post her lessons on Tuesdays at both sites, and I will post my results late on Thursdays (Wednesay nights are full for me). If others have results, we’ll do a weekly roundup on Sundays of what we’re hearing from any of you that participate. Also, if you do your own post on your blog about the class, let one of us know so we can link to it.

If you’d like to sign up for the newsletter for the class, you can register below. Put “Food Photo 101″ as the subject, and you’ll get signed up.

About Curt McAdams

I guess I'm a bit of a foodie, learning to cook from my mom, then getting obsessed with outdoor cooking, competition barbecue, bread baking and just about all things food. Lately, I've been trying to upgrade my photography skills a bit, though I still have a long way to go.

No comments

  1. I think it’s so great that you guys are doing this! I’ll write about it on Pinch My Salt tomorrow :-)

  2. Nicole, you don’t need the help, but I’m hoping to learn a lot. I think it’s going to be fun.

  3. This is a great idea! I’m looking forward to participating.

  4. I’m so pumped! This is a stellar idea!

  5. Susan, I hope you got the first lesson ok; let me know if you didn’t

  6. Mark, I got your info; I’ll send along links to the newsletters, etc., too. You can download the first lesson and get caught up in no time.

  7. Curt, I do have the lesson and have learned a lot by looking at everyone’s results, but I myself am just getting to do the exercise today. Mondays are usually when I have daylight time to devote, so I guess I am doomed to always being about a week behind. Thanks again to you and Nika for doing this!

  8. Susan, after I typed that, I realized you were already in… Sorry! And don’t worry about being a bit behind. You’re still able to post questions/comments on the blog after the actual lesson week.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

CommentLuv badge

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

Share This

Share this post with your friends!

%d bloggers like this: