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Food Photography: Capturing Food in Your Kitchen

With DIY Food Photography, you'll be taking better photos in no time with what you have in your own kitchen!
Instructor:
Phil Ebiner
90,619 students enrolled
English
Take beautiful photographs of food in your home.
Compose a variety of mouth-watering food photographs that tell your food's story
Create a unique setting and style for your own food photography
Control natural light in your home to shoot better photographs
Edit your food photographs to make them look even better

With DIY Food Photography, you’ll be taking better photos of your food in just an hour.

Every lesson is hands on, and shows you how to use resources right in your home to create delicious, mouth-watering images. We’ll walk you through the entire process, and we’re available if you have any questions along the way.

Whether you’re a food blogger, self-proclaimed master chef, or just an Instagram foodie, this course will give you the skills needed to take professional food photos.

Impress your family and friends with great photos of your food creations!

Steps to great food photography that you’ll learn in this course:

  1. Pick the best location for your photos.
  2. Prepare and style your food and setting.
  3. Light your food with inexpensive tools like a white sheet and $1 poster board.
  4. Choose the best camera and settings.
  5. Compose 4 types of shots to get all the best angles.
  6. Edit your photos to make them look even more tantalizing!

 

Tell your food’s story!

Our goal is to teach you how to take better photos of your food with any camera, wherever you are. After walking you through the basics, you’ll see us shoot 5 different food and drink setups that will inspire you to take your own food photos.

Bonus: Everyone who enrolls gets a composition cheat-sheet that shows how to compose your shots.

Enroll now to get started! We can’t wait to see you inside!

Will Carnahan & Phil Ebiner

Dive in to Food Photography

1
Course Introduction

Welcome to the DIY food photography course. In this video, Will introduces himself and what this course is all about. We're so excited to have you on board and can't wait to see your new photos!

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Join the Official Student Photography Group
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Choose a Location

Before you even think about snapping your photos, the first thing you need to do is choose the best location for your setup. In this lesson of the food photography course, Will gives you tips for choosing the best location in your house.

4
Design Your Food and Setting

The next step in food photography is to prepare your food for being photographed. This includes setting up your food with a nice background, adding accents that relate to your main dish, and moving things around to look nicely.

5
Light Your Food

When it comes to food photography, lighting is king. Lighting is very important for making your food look appetizing. But you don't need a fancy studio or expensive lights to get great lighting. We'll show you how to use what you have at home (or can buy for $1) to get great lighting.

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Camera Options: Smartphone vs. Fancy Camera

Before you get caught up on what camera model to use for your food photography, we'll show you how to take amazing photos of your food with just a smartphone camera. In this lesson of the food photography course, we'll also cover the benefits of using a more professional camera like a DSLR or mirrorless camera.

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iPhone vs. Mirrorless Camera

Here are the two photos, uploaded so that you can see and compare them better.

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Camera Settings (for people with cameras that can contro manual settings)

For people who have a DSLR, mirrorless, or other type of camera with manual settings, this lesson of the food photography course covers the basic settings we use for our own food photography.

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Compose Your Shots

There are 4 main types of shots that you should get with every food setup. In this lesson of the food photography course, we'll cover the basics of all 4.

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Edit Your Photos

Make your photos look even better by editing them. In this lesson of the food photography course, Phil walks you through editing your photos. Whether you're using Lightroom, Photoshop, your smartphone, or any other type of photo editing application, we'll cover crop, color, and exposure - the three main ways to improve your food photos.

11
Exercise: Photograph Your Next Meal

It's time to take action. Join in with other students in this course, and practice the skills you've learned by taking a photograph of your next meal.

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COURSE BREAK: Check Out Our Ultimate Resource for New Photographers

Food Photography Demonstrations

1
Practice: Cereal

In this lesson of the food photography course, Will walks you through a live demonstration of setting up and shooting a food setup. In this video, we're photographing cereal.

2
Practice: Morning Coffee

In this lesson of the food photography course, Will walks you through a live demonstration of setting up and shooting a food setup. In this video, we're photographing morning coffee.

3
Practice: Key Lime Tart

In this lesson of the food photography course, Will walks you through a live demonstration of setting up and shooting a food setup. In this video, we're photographing a key lime tart.

4
Practice: Tomato Soup

In this lesson of the food photography course, Will walks you through a live demonstration of setting up and shooting a food setup. In this video, we're photographing tomato soup.

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Practice: Beer

In this lesson of the food photography course, Will walks you through a live demonstration of setting up and shooting a food setup. In this video, we're photographing a beer.

Conclusion

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Case Study: Phil's Instagram Food Photography Experiment
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Thank You

In this lesson of the food photography course, we just want to take a moment to say thank you for enrolling in this course. Cheers! Here's to your success!

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