Food Photography: Shooting in 5 Styles

Leela Cyd, Editorial and Commercial Food Photographer

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10 Videos (20m)
    • Trailer

    • Introduction

    • Pre-Shoot

    • Airy Light

    • Dramatic & High Contrast

    • Bright

    • In Motion & Process

    • Lifestyle

    • Your Assignment: Pick 2 Styles

    • Critique


About This Class

Choose two styles—airy, dramatic, bright, in-motion, lifestyle—and create two sets of photos. Each set should consist of three photos and convey a clear style. Share both sets to inspire, learn, and spark discussion with fellow students.

Capture all the stylized scenes you see in blogs, cookbooks, and magazines with food photographer Leela Cyd's fun, 30-minute guide to shooting food in 5 essential styles. This class dives deep into execution, empowering aspiring photographers and foodies with practical advice to maximize camera technique and up the artistry, mood, and tone of every moment. Whether you choose to extend your project into a full narrative or continue to experiment with single images, you'll love how this quick half hour breaks open a world of photographic possibilities.

Want more? Check the other classes in this series: Food Photography: Prepping a Photo Shoot and Food Photography: Creating Your Unique Story.

150 of 155 students recommendSee All

Great class! I enjoy it!
Juri Austin

Love Cooking, Baking and Eating Healthy

wonderful class!
This class offers much more information than the first of the series, though I felt as it still could have been more in depth. I liked the quick tips on each shooting style, but I would have liked more tips on styling, proportions, and moving items around as you photograph.





Leela Cyd

Editorial and Commercial Food Photographer

Leela Cyd is a photographer based in Santa Barbara, CA. She makes photographs as a means to see, experience, learn from, and interact with the diverse cultures of the world.

Raised a block from the Pacific Ocean around a table full of artists and writers, she's forever been sharing stories and influenced by creative lives. Currently, she authors an award-winning travel/food blog TEA CUP TEA.

Leela shoots food, travel, interiors, and portraits for an assortment of editorial and commercial clients. She is represented by Redux Pictures in New York.

Leela hosts photography workshops around the US and in Italy every year with her pal, Bianca of Italian Fix.

Leela currently works with The New York Times, Ten Speed PressClarkson PotterCooking LightFood & WineBon AppetitParent & ChildKinfolkSweet PaulAnthologyABCCultureEdible MagazinesLynda.comApartment Therapy, and The Kitchn, and Portland Weekly.