Food Photography: Shooting in 5 Styles

Leela Cyd, Editorial and Commercial Food Photographer

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10 Videos (20m)
    • Trailer

      1:07
    • Introduction

      1:18
    • Pre-Shoot

      2:23
    • Airy Light

      3:06
    • Dramatic & High Contrast

      2:39
    • Bright

      2:46
    • In Motion & Process

      1:58
    • Lifestyle

      1:55
    • Your Assignment: Pick 2 Styles

      1:01
    • Critique

      1:54

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.

178 of 184 students recommendSee All

I thought this was a good class overall, but I would have liked to see examples of the teacher actually shooting overhead, 34 (whatever that is), etc. Seeing her shoot a few frames at the end of each session wasn't helpful, with the exception of her shooting her assistant. But to tell us to shoot overhead without any clue of how SHE did so, was disappointing. Did she use a ladder or a boom arm? What is 3/4 and how is that actually achieved? Loved the setup and the props used (very thoughtful) but I truly needed more help in actually how the angles were executed.
i was just hoping the pictures she was taking were shown during the discussion.
Leela, this was great! It made the subject very approachable and I'm inspired to go start shooting - thanks a lot.

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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 editori...

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