At IFBC Portland this past weekend my great friend Chef John (@foodwishes) and I gave a photography/cooking demo workshop. Hilarity ensued. Add a video camera to the mix among stolen/missing props, blenders we could not operate and the bantering of two bald smart alecs and the three hour program was a laugh a minute. The amazingly enthusiastic audience dubbed the cooking show they would like to see us do some day…”The Chef’s Jacket and the Plaid Shirt”. We also were given the monikers of “The Baldest Act at IFBC” as well as the “Oldest Boy Band” on record. Good names all. Oddly enough some video has surfaced to add some fuel to that fire. The nice folks at JennAir shot this for their website. IFBC Portland 2012
You can also check out Paola Thomas’ (@mirrormirrorxx) funny account of the weekend here.
Thanks to everyone who attended…new friends and old…and the terrific organizers from Foodista, Barnaby and Sheri.
See you in Seattle in 2013.
Photo Credit: Robin E. H. Ove (@what_about_food)
I will be teaching a Food Photography Workshop in Downtown Seattle beginning one week from today. I am being hosted by none other than the Seattle Bon Vivant herself, Myra Kohn. I will be teaching for 2 days, each class being 4 hours long (9am-1pm) and covering the outline listed below. You can sign up simply by going to PayPal.com and making a payment of $150 to firstname.lastname@example.org. I can send you the address upon registration. You can sign up for June 7th or 8th. We are capped at 15 spots per day. Some sign-ups have already happened on Twitter and Facebook but spots are available. Please email me if you have any questions.
I Discussion (1 Hour)
- AV Presentation
- Equipment, technique and approach to daylight food photography
- Styling tips and prop selection
II Practical (5 groups of 3 working together on practical shooting scenarios) 2 Hours
Food Porn Approach
Taking Table Setting Shots in Small Spaces
Graphic Depiction Approach (aka The Ugly Food Dilemma)
Difficult Lighting Solutions
III Review and Q&A (1 Hour)
Discuss Editing and Processing
The goal of these 4 hour workshops is to give people of any skill level the basic knowledge and confidence to improve their food photography. With a need for not much beyond a camera, some basic light manipulation tools and a better understanding of what makes food pictures evocative and beautiful, participants will hopefully come away with the skills to make better food pictures.
Light discs, scrims and small and large black and white cards (if possible)
Tripod (if you own one)
Any personal props you would like to style with”