Photowhoa Review – DIY Food Photography Video Course
July 25, 2016 Online Courses
Are Your Photos as Yummy as Your Food? Take this DIY Food Photography Video Course
There is a food photographer in each one of us. There we said it. We all see food and we want to share. If not the food itself, then at least a photo of how cool it looks, how many colors it has and how different it is from whatever you have eaten so far. If looked at from the photographer’s eye, the one we all have, every sandwich is indeed different from the other.
Having seen an average of 10 food photographs a day across Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Instagram, Pinterest, and what not, we know that not all of them are interesting, even if the food or drink itself might be. We, of course, do not want to be the one publishing that “not that great” photograph. Anyway, what good is a photograph of food, if it doesn’t make the downloader’s mouth water?
Here is exactly what will do that – A DIY Food Photography course. And before you roll your eyes about yet more content to read, this is a video course! What’s more, DealFuel has a very attractive deal on this course for you. Sure, you don’t want to spend your bucks without knowing more.
The first question that you will have, “How qualified and/or experienced is the teacher in this field?”
Video courses have to have a personable teacher to keep you engaged. And they have to have a knowledgeable teacher to know the right things. Will Carnahan is a photographer, cinematographer who has loads of experience shooting commercial food and corporate videos. He has easy-going, conversational style of talking. He keeps it short and crisp. Also, the language is simple. He doesn’t talk down to you, neither does he strain the grey cells by going all technical on you.
Amateur looks professional
Another question bogging you down would be, “How much money will I have to shell out to buy equipment?”
The beauty about this course is that you don’t need to spend on equipment. Accessories to your camera are “good to have”s. But not a requirement. The idea is to enable beginners to take elegant looking food photos instead of being bogged down by the cost of extra lenses and filters and so on. The video course will cover use of camera phones to take professional looking food photos. And if you are a professional, like it or not, there is always a chance that you will find yourself in a constraint filled situation. You will do well to use the same techniques to improvise when you don’t have the required tools handy.
Getting those initial questions out of the way, here is an answer to the most important of them all, “What will I learn?” Here are some cool things that this DIY Food Photography Video Course covers.
What’s In A Frame?
Context matters. Should it be a bowl or a plate? To silverware or to not? The red and white chequered napkin or the ethnic print table cloth? To flourish with a flower, a dressing, a topping, a combination, all of the above or none at all? All important questions. All difficult decisions to be made. Not to mention there might be other ideas we haven’t thought of. Other props that can be used to enhance the photograph and take it from ordinary to a great one. The video course takes you through these choices and their implications. This gives a guideline of what would work to get the desired effect.
From Angle To Focus.
Once you know what will stay out and what will go on your plate other than the subject of your composition – the food itself, you will use photography principles to accentuate the food or drink. Along with basic composition techniques like keeping only a part of the food in the frame and the angle from which the photo should be taken, you will also know more about highlighting the dish that has caught your fancy.
Let There Be Light
Location, Location, Location – as important in food photography as in marketing. The video will take you through picking the right spot in your house for your photograph. This will involve learning how to use natural light and balance it by bouncing it off with a ceiling or wall. It is explained with such flair that you can start trying out cause and effect on the go. If there was one on the job training, this one would be it.
Chop It Right – The Food and The Shot
While the chef has taken care of using the best food styling in terms of colors, shapes and fragrances of various elements of the dish to make it look delicious, there will be ways for you to add to that using simple post-production tools. Sure, you always want to get as much right while you take the photo as is possible. But, if need be, which is more likely than not, the video course tells you a thing or two about sharpening of the picture, making minor corrections, experimenting with digital effects and so on.
Keep it All Together
If you are feeling overwhelmed by all that the course covers, you certainly are not alone. This must exactly be why the course conductors have included a cheat sheet that will help you remember it all. This is surely a great way to make sure you haven’t forgotten any element till it all becomes muscle memory and second nature.
These are only a few of the important of DIY food photography covered in the course. The video course itself has a lot more for you to discover. A certain value for your money. The beauty is that you can compose your image, click, watch the video, pause, recompose the image to apply what you’ve just seen and repeat.
Once you are done with the course be sure to have all the tools, techniques and tips at your creativity’s disposal. Your imagination will add to the chef’s imaginative creation to entice your viewers.