The Art of Food Photography

Last weekend, I was fortunate enough to attend a photography workshop taught by food photographer Melissa Skorpil. I first met her at the Austin Food Blogger Association‘s Photography Camp last September.

While I’m pretty good at taking photos of dogs, cats, bugs, and flowers, I found food photography pretty darned complicated.

Just an hour or so of listening to Melissa at the photography camp showed me how to turn this:
Red Hot Fudge Ingredients

into this:

I was hooked.

I was so impressed that I was eager to learn more. Melissa teaches a course, The Art of Food Photography, at Precision Camera & Video‘s Photography University. So the first chance I got, I signed up.

The class is divided into two sections. The first section is lecture-based. Melissa goes through the basics, including camera settings and equipment needed. The second part is all about hands-on shooting. Working with awesome food stylist and blogger Kristina Nichols-Wolter of Girl Gone Grits, she set up three stations. After each of us took a turn photographing the foods, they set up three more stations.

As with any equipment-heavy hobby, hands-on is so valuable, because you learn what your equipment can do and what you can do with it. Melissa was with us at every step, showing us how to get the best pictures and how to alter our camera settings and the lighting to get different kinds of shots.

Here are my favorite shots of the afternoon:


Candy Hearts

Macarons (my most favorite)

8 thoughts on “The Art of Food Photography

  1. kristina

    February 21, 2014 at 10:36pm

    What a great post-and I’m blushing on the complements. It was so fun watching you shoot away. I agree, I love your macaroon shot!

    • margaret

      February 22, 2014 at 8:16am

      Thanks, Kristina! I had such a good time, and I thought your food styling was fantastic.

  2. Melinda

    February 21, 2014 at 10:42pm

    I really llove your pictures. The composition is awesome. I think I like the candy hears the best. The way they kind of melt into the top left corner is great. The sugar sprinkles are in such good focus it looks like I could lick my finger and scoop some up. Yum.

    • margaret

      February 22, 2014 at 8:16am

      Thanks, Lindy!

  3. kristina

    February 21, 2014 at 11:39pm

    Ouch spelling. “compliments” and “Macarons”

    • margaret

      February 22, 2014 at 8:15am

      I knew what you meant. 🙂

  4. Melissa Skorpil

    February 22, 2014 at 1:10pm

    Your shots look awesome! Great job. I especially love the macarons; great composition, perfect exposure, and your white balance looks spot on! So glad you found the class helpful.

    • margaret

      February 22, 2014 at 2:11pm

      Thanks, Melissa! You’re a great teacher!

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