Our recent workshop in Connecticut was really wonderful! A great group of participants joined Marie Otero and me for two and a half days of instruction. We cook, we shoot, we eat. What could be better? In addition to Food Photography, we also work on non-food-related items for Still Life set-ups. My motto has long been “shoot the ordinary in unusual ways” and I think using this vintage step ladder as a shelf falls right in line with how I do that.
We work on lighting (natural and artificial), how to set items up, what to include, what to leave out, how to show the items to their best advantage, and so much more. Students get a “Digital Workbook” to download and print which includes Composition Guides with reference images, Templates for Instagram, several Textures, Lightroom Presets, basic articles on Shooting Stills, Prompt Cards for set-ups, recipes of the food we cook/shoot, and much more.
Here is a sample of one of our Prompt Cards for set-ups, this one showcasing the Lensbaby Twist60:
During our workshops students have the chance to use Lensbaby Lenses ~ shoot with them, ask questions about them, try them on different set-ups, and just play! This time nearly everyone had at least one Lensbaby in their own kit (most had several), but they still had questions about getting that focus where they wanted it. The spoons with spices, below, was shot with the Lensbaby Edge50.
And the Blueberry Scoop was shot with the Lensbaby Sol45.
It was windy, brisk, and quite cool in Connecticut so our choice of homemade Butternut Squash Soup for lunch was a hit. I love bouncing ideas off of Marie ~ we really do make a good team. The soup was shot as a “flatlay” looking straight down.
When I got home I had a big bag of pomegranates to shoot ~ the Lensbaby Sweet35 seemed a good choice to keep the focus front and center:
Our next workshop will be in the Spring of 2019. We are looked at a venue in the Pacific Northwest, most likely in Vancouver, Washington. Stay tuned for more information as we work out details. If you’d like to be on our mailing list, just click on the “join our VIP list” on the Workshop Page to leave me your email. Or leave me a comment, below. We only send out newsletters a few times per year.
Consider joining us for a workshop sometime ~ we really do enjoy sharing what we do and we have a great time doing it.