Registration is OPEN for the last FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY NARRATIVES WORKSHOP with Natural light, Simple Styling & Storytelling through The Bloom Forum, this year.
The class will be held online from October 5th thru October 23rd & REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN – CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP.
Please note that this is a three week intensive workshop (multiple assignments – some are optional.) In order to get the most out of the workshop, please allow for time in your schedule to complete the course.
If you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to email me directly.
Just a reminder, **you must be a member of The Bloom Forum to participate in this online workshop & YOU’LL WANT TO!
You can hop over to The Bloom Forum Website to BECOME A MEMBER, and then register for the workshop HERE.
I am limiting the number of active seats available, so as to be sure I give all active attendees ample attention and feedback.
If you can’t make this one, but would like to be notified of future workshop dates, just sign up below.
This 3 week long online workshop is all about making beautiful images of food using natural light, simple styling as well as telling a story around it. Seeking the one perfect image is wonderful, but, for me – it’s the story that pulls me in deeper, makes me want to keep coming back for more, and keeps me loving what I do simply because each story is inherently unique.
In our time together, I will share with you what I have learned and what I know about making beautiful and engaging images of food by using solid techniques and almost more importantly, a creative eye & heart through descriptions, visual examples, demonstrations, shooting assignments and individual critiques.
This workshop is for food photographers, food bloggers, recipe developers, food writers, hobbyists, amateurs, or anyone wanting to learn to improve the quality of their images and/or how to approach, style and make beautiful images of food using natural light in the simplest of settings. I create many of my food images/stories in the dining room of my own home or by a single window in my studio with the simplest of props, natural styling, and basic equipment, and you can too.
My goal is to share with you my approach along with the components of creating beautiful photographs of food that you can take with you, continue to practice with and use to create enticing images to grab your reader’s/client’s attention on your own websites, blogs or personal projects.
Pr-requisites: You may be at any level, skill-wise, but you must know how to use your own camera’s functions, and understand the fundamentals of manual exposure.
***This is NOT a beginner’s photography 101 class. Any dslr camera will be fine. If you have the ability to change out (or borrow) lenses, even better – I mainly use a 50 1.4 and a 100 2.8 macro.
A tripod will be very advantageous, as would shooting tethered, but not necessary. I will be using both, lightroom and photoshop – both of which, you should have a basic understanding of.
If you have any specific questions as far as equipment and/or programs, just drop me an email.
Topics covered will include:
Lesson 1 Your Story/Your Style: The thought process behind a food shoot – storyboards/purpose/theme/color palette/mood and your style of storytelling.
Lesson 2 Natural Light: How to see, and find, light as well as understanding the differences in the qualities of light.
Lesson 3 Modifying Light: How to manipulate light with simple and affordable materials.
Lesson 4 Technical Camera Considerations (Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, White Balance): How your manual settings play an important role in the artistic choices you make in creating an image as well as understanding when and why to make certain choices.
Lesson 5 Camera Shooting Considerations (Lens Selection, Camera Angles, Lighting Directions)
Lesson 6 The Story
Lesson 7 Creating Your Shot List
Lesson 8 Artistic Considerations- Part One (Light, A Sense of Place, Composition, Color, Emotion)
Lesson 9 Artistic Considerations- Part Two (Props and Set Styling) – Choosing backgrounds, props and styling simply (and the importance of not over-styling).
Lesson 10 Artistic Considerations- Part Three (Food Styling)
Lesson 11 Being Prepared to Shoot/I’ll walk you through how I prepare everything BEFORE I shoot, and then parts of the shooting process, via a video.
Lesson 12 Post Processing: I’ll walk you through some of my basic editing, via screen recording.
Lesson 13 Assembling your Visual Story: How I marry imagery and design for interest and impact for strong storytelling.
Lesson 14 Getting Inspired, Staying Inspired, and Working your Craft
Final Assignment/Bonus Optional Assignment
The Workshop is online and forum based – which means it is in written form, with Lessons and interaction all happening within the workshop forum. The workshop will be accessible for a month after the workshop ends as well as each student receiving the pdf of the workshop for future review.
Students will receive:
Post processing video
Assignments and individual constructive feedback
The full downloadable pdf of this workshop
Q&A: All active seats will be able to participate in open Q & A sessions throughout the 3 weeks. I’m here to share with you and you’re here because you want to learn, so don’t be shy. Ask away, I’ll do my very best to answer anything and everything to the best of my ability.
I’m so happy that I signed up for this class! Y o u a r e a m a z i n g. The talent you have is enormous, my respect grew for all food photographers, lovers, bloggers, eaters over these past weeks! I’ve taking a few classes here in Bloom and yours tops my list. The best gift you can give me is pouring out all your secrets and details of what you do and me taking those and attempting to apply them through my eyes….. so I tried and will keep trying. ~ Ginger Lobb
I made the decision to take Gina’s Food Narratives Workshop after admiring her images for so long. I had been photographing food for several years and knew it was time to up my game and really make my images sing. What drew me most to Gina’s images is what draws me to exceptional photography images in general; connection. Whether Gina is photographing food, still life/action unfolding, chefs/ restauranteurs/ makers or locations, she never fails to make the connection with her subjects and in turn, the viewer. I took a leap of faith that someone with the gift of being able to make and capture such connection from behind her lens would be able to articulate and teach me how she does it. Gina did not disappoint. In fact, I found myself in awe with each detail-packed lesson Gina put forth during the workshop; chock full of beautiful images, explanations, diagrams and some amazing videos where we were able to actually watch her work. Gina gave such thoughtful, insightful comments on each assignment her students completed that I learned from every image posted as well as my own and couldn’t wait for the next lesson to arrive. In making the decision to participate in Gina’s course, I truly made an investment in my personal and professional growth. I now look at the way I photograph things with a fresh set of eyes and a plan of action which I had not done before. I highly recommend Gina’s class and look forward to employing the many techniques and ideas she shared with us in my work each day. ~ Christina Nuzzo
First of all, I have to say how impressed I was with this class and with you as a teacher. I have taken many online photography classes in the past, but this was my first here at Bloom. On the very first day, I knew this class would be different than any other I have taken. Your declaration that we each have a unique story within us, and that our art needs to be a direct extension of that spoke to me on so many levels. This is what I believe deeply about photography, and what I have, unfortunately, not always found in other workshops. There was no “right vs. wrong” in this workshop. I felt that you respected us as individuals and as artists, and I appreciate that greatly. As you know, I could tell all of this on day 2, which is why I upgraded to an active participation seat. ~ Jessica Zeamer
Want to hear what past workshop attendees had to say about their experience? You can, right HERE.
A few additional notes:
Once registered, your paypal confirmation will act as your paid receipt and I will be sending an email out to everyone a week or so before the workshop begins.
All sales are final. You may, however, transfer/sell your seat to another, but please be sure I have all that person’s information, so I may add them to the workshop information email list.
Have questions? Email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ready to register? CLICK HERE.