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Food and Drink Photography
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Food and Drink Photography

with Bill Robbins

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Hi! I'm Bill Robbins and welcome to Food and Drink Photography. In this course we'll discuss techniques for shooting and lighting small-scale subjects and staging food to look crisp, hot, cold, or fresh from the oven. I'll start by exploring two core types of food photographs and the compositional concepts you should have in mind before planning a shoot. I'll look at all the necessary gear, from choosing the right camera to creating a toolkit specialized for photographing food.

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1h 58m Intermediate Dec 01, 2011

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Award-winning food and advertising photographer Bill Robbins has been sharing the art and science behind shooting food and drink photographs for years. Join him as he shows how to enhance a food's color, shape, and texture and how to convey a sense of mood, environment, and story. The course also addresses essential gear, effective prop placement, and lighting techniques, and includes tips for styling various dishes, staging and photographing drinks, shooting on location at a restaurant, and editing the final photos.

Topics include:
  • Understanding what makes a food photo appetizing
  • Comparing emotional and graphic compositional styles
  • Choosing the right camera
  • Evaluating lens options
  • Choosing light reflectors
  • Finding creative backgrounds
  • Creating specular and diffuse lighting setups
  • Creating different looks for each dish
  • Creating a chill effect for drinks
  • Shooting on location at a restaurant
  • Editing photos
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Bill Robbins

Welcome

Hi! I'm Bill Robbins and welcome to Food and Drink Photography. In this course we'll discuss techniques for shooting and lighting small-scale subjects and staging food to look crisp, hot, cold, or fresh from the oven. I'll start by exploring two core types of food photographs and the compositional concepts you should have in mind before planning a shoot. I'll look at all the necessary gear, from choosing the right camera to creating a toolkit specialized for photographing food.

We'll look at how to frame a subject with the right props, utensils, and background objects. I'll show you how to style beautiful and appetizing subjects like ice-cold drinks, steaming hot coffee, delicious ice cream, and sizzling hot steak. Finally, we'll go out to a restaurant to explore the specifics of shooting on location. In this course I've made the effort to cover all these topics from two different perspectives, including techniques for amateurs and food bloggers as well as the professional photographers.

So, I hope I've managed to whet your appetite. Now let's get started with Food and Drink Photography.

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