November 15, 2017

I've been dabbling into photography in my current work, most of the time involving food. And as much as I love learning on my own, I figured I could use tons of help in this department so I started looking for food photography workshops. That's how I ended up joining a 2-day food photography and styling workshop by Photokitchen.

Photokitchen is a photography studio specializing in food photography. The same team is also behind Tablecrafter, an online resource portal of high-quality and easy to understand photography classes. Check out their free modules on Digital Photography Essentials and Mobile Food Photography. Their more advanced modules are on the pricey side and with good reason, you can start a food photography business after going through all the courses.

I won't spoil you with too many details but what you can expect are hands-on exercises all day long — I took hundreds of photos over the 2-day workshop. Here's a recap of some of the exercises:


Exercise 1: Slow vs Fast Shutter Speed


Slow: blurred flour motion  |  Fast: flour frozen in time



Exercise 2: Shooting with Natural Light

The Photokitchen team prepared a couple of setups that we could shoot. I'm not sure if I did them justice, they're prettier in person.


Exercise 3: Flags, Mirrors, and Reflectors

The three basically help direct and manipulate light on the subject. Flags: block light, Mirrors & Reflectors: bounce light off the subject in varying degrees.


Props to the styling and kitchen teams, they've managed to put out really good looking dishes in no time at all.


Exercise 4: Trying our Hand in Prop Styling

We were given a brief to create a breakfast-inspired spread and we had the liberty to choose what dish or food we wanted to shoot. My partner and I chose to work with croissants and gave it a French café vibe.



Exercise 5&6: Client Briefs

The last two exercises had us work on various client briefs. Here's how my partner and I styled Mary Grace's apple pie. The one on the left was styled by my partner, Jukay, who gave it a homey feel, in contrast to my styling on the right which was inspired by Snow White's apples. Later realized this was a bad idea, might have implied the pies were poisonous.


Key Takeaways & Random Thoughts:

  • Thank goodness I didn't sell my DSLR. I used my Canon 70D with my kit lens.
  • Good thing I did my homework and reviewed the basics of photography, saved me a lot of time setting up.
  • My CD-R King tripod is still alive and pretty nifty.
  • Food styling isn't easy. Food photography isn't easy. Life isn't easy.
  • As with anything, the key to getting better at food photography is to keep practicing.
Now for those planning on joining future workshops, one word: GO. It's all worth it. FYI: They have schedules for the next 2 batches of workshops.