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How to Shoot Food Photography: Complete Guide for Beginners

Roselle Nene, Learn and create

How to Shoot Food Photography: Complete Guide for Beginners

Roselle Nene, Learn and create

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30 Lessons (2h 21m)
    • 1. Trailer

    • 2. Introduction - How to get the most out of this course?

    • 3. Behind the scenes

    • 4. What to prepare?

    • 5. Quick activity :)

    • 6. What light to use?

    • 7. How to set up lights?

    • 8. What accessories to use?

    • 9. How to style a food?

    • 10. Composition guide and techniques

    • 11. Color Theory

    • 12. Color Theory Activity

    • 13. Props and styling tips

    • 14. What are the shooting angles?

    • 15. Best camera to use?

    • 16. What camera settings to use?

    • 17. What is ISO?

    • 18. What is aperture?

    • 19. What is M (Manual) mode?

    • 20. Raw and JPEG: Which format to use?

    • 21. Camera settings conclusion

    • 22. How to edit your photos

    • 23. How to Export Food Photos for different platforms

    • 24. Final activity

    • 25. How to use smart phone in Food Photography?

    • 26. Light and airy VS dark and moody

    • 27. Food photography Demo: SOUP

    • 28. Food Photography Demo: Fried Rice and Dimsum

    • 29. Food Photography Demo: Drinks

    • 30. Congratulations! What's Next?

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Are you ready to shoot amazing food photos but you don't know where to start?

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  • You'll get a simple step-by-step instructions on how to shoot Food Photography without expensive gear or technical skills

  • You'll get specific examples and ideas how to shoot a food photo

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  • You'll get an idea how to compose shots

  • You'll get an idea how to use lights to enhance 3D dimension of your photo

  • and many more!

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Roselle Nene

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Rose has been serving international clients since 2010. She was part of big companies such as Hinduja Global Solutions serving Sony customers, IBM serving Apple customers, ATOS and ANZ. From virtual tech support for consumer products, to tech advisor, to supervisor, to IT analyst with videography and photography as side hustle and hobby. Combining customer service, people skills, training, technology and creativity she started creating online courses with her husband to share all the expertise they acquired through the years.


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1. Trailer: Do you want to take photos that stand out? You can get noticed or build a brand through stunning photos. The Internet is built on photos nowadays. People scrolling through their feed fast, giving you and me and literally milliseconds to get their attention. The good news is, with great photos, we can get them to stop scrolling and actually look at our photos. Whether it's for building a brand, building Instagram success, taking your food blog to the next level, starting a food photography business or just learning a new skill. We have created a course that will help you go from 0 to pro in food photography. Did you know that you don't need expensive gears to take great food photos. What you need to know is the basics of composition, lighting, styling, editing, and a lot of practice. And that's what we have for you in this course. We will show you the actual behind the scene of a food photo shoot. We will show you examples and different composition techniques. We will explore color theory and lighting techniques. We will go in depth about camera settings. There are actual demos, styling, props, and a lot more. Still wondering if this is the right course for you. Let me share with US through that speed back and their projects during and after taking the course. What are you waiting for together? Let's get noticed. Build a brand, learning a new skill, and build success with little food photography. Head on to the next video to get started. 2. Introduction - How to get the most out of this course?: Hello everyone, welcome to food photography for beginners. My name is Rose and I'll be your instructor for today. First of all, congratulations. You have taken the first step to learning a new skill. I know there is a lot of information out there and it can be confusing and overwhelming. If you think you can't succeed in food photography. I want to put those spheres through rest because you can do this. You just need a process or a guide that you can follow. And that's why we're here. We want to help you and be part of your journey. So let's make it happen. At the end of this course, you will learn about the fundamentals of foods, the lighting effects, how to style your food props, composition, different angles, how to edit or enhance your photos, how to export to match the purpose of your photos. And of course, practice taking your own photos or your own food photos, photography and videography changed my life. I was able to work with diverse group of people, travelled places for free and enjoy what I am doing while getting paid because of this GIL. But I did not start as an expert. It was a coincidence for me and my husband, which is now my partner in this business. How we got involved in this industry, we saw ourselves in a nicely edited highlights video and we've got inspired to have the skill to make the same kind of videos. And it grew to events photography, food photography, and extending the service to the public. You could be here today because you saw a beautiful food photo online and wants to know the science and behind the scenes of that photo. That's the reason why you need to level up your food photography skills as well. The Internet is built on pictures nowadays, this is how we can attract viewers, clients, and get noticed with food photography. Not only is it fun and rewarding to shoot, it is also a valuable skill. Let me ask you a question. What is something that you and I have in common or something that we do every day. And almost all the people in the world, we all eat, all of us know food. So it's safe to say that everybody loves food. And with Instagram and the online world, sharing her photos has never been so easy. Whatever your purpose is, whether you want to capture mouth-watering photos for your food, or you want to build a food photography portfolio, or you want to start a food blog. Or if you have a food business and wants to take appetizing photos, or you just want to add to your skill set, you've made the right decision. I am here to make your food photography during easier with a curriculum that I especially created for you. But I can't promise you will be able to take stunning photos just by listening to mean, you need to do the work just like what Tony Robbins said, knowledge is not power, it's just potential power. Real power is in execution. It's applying what you've learned in actually doing it. So to get the most out of this course, I encourage you to do activities or to do the activities and assignments and get your hands dirty. And other advice is to set a specific time when you will be taking this course. Make sure you have plenty of time to do the activities as well. Turn off notifications and get rid of distractions. Study shows that it takes 20-30 minutes for us to reach our momentum or getting the zone getting distracted by a text every five minutes will procure learning process. Finally, you don't have to complete the course in one sitting. You can divide it to two to three sessions. But nature to finish until the end, because in the last lesson, I will share with you somewhere chips and guides that will really help in your food photography journey. As well as in the last section, you will have the opportunity to share your food photos after the food photography course. So again, if you're really serious about food photography and learning a new skill, set a schedule, Get rid of distractions and practice they applying what you've learned. You are just lessons away to taking beautiful good photos. So let's get started. 3. Behind the scenes: Welcome to Lesson 1. In this video, I will show you the behind the scenes of a food photo shoot. This will give you an idea on what happens behind the camera and what happens before, during, and after food photo shoots. I hope this will excite you and inspire you in your food photography journey. Just a gentle note. Don't worry if you find some of the steps too technical or fast pace. Every aspect of the food photoshoot will be discussed in depth in the remaining lessons. For now, just sit back, relax, and enjoy new learnings and discoveries. In this setup. I've already put the light on the left side of my setup. And then I have the background setup as well. And I'm just trying to open the product that we will be shooting for today. So more of that, the setting of lights, why I chose this background composition and different shooting angles. All of that inside the course or in the next lesson. This is a milky product of my favorite celebrity sisters here in the Philippines. So they launch a new product and I went to be the first to get my hands on them and take photos. So I can also tag them and hopefully land a gig or get noticed by them. Apart from I am a fan, they also have million followers. So to land, even in their IG stories or Instagram Stories is big for me. So here are the products. And as you can see in the background, I use this textured white days. So it won't be distracting and the focus of the image will be the products. So I am trying several styling and composition. As you can see. That's the exciting part of food photography. You can be as creative and innovative. Composition, color theory and rules are just guide, but really there are no limits. So this is how I composed my first scene. Don't forget the white cardboard as reflectors, so the shadows will not need too dark. Because on this shot or in this composition, they are actually forgot it. Then I started shooting at different angles. Well, you take shots. I can adjust the prompts to make it or the product to make it more appealing in photos. For my second scene, I will be doing well. I was hoping to do a flatly. So that's why I turned my background like this. So that's the best part with this background. So here's my other props, fake ice cubes to give a feeling of refreshments since we're photographing drinks. So table napkin. And from my styling kid, I have Glaser in with water or Glaser renewed water sprayed to create water droplets effect like that. So this milky drink did not come from the refrigerator. So I just made those fake water droplets effect through Glaser in and water spray. So same thing. I tried several styling and composition as you can see. And this time I did not forget the white cardboard. So I'll be using Adobe Lightroom to organize and edit my photos. And later on I will show you the final result. And then I will be exporting my photos as well to match the quality for Instagram. Because if I will not exported properly, Instagram will degrade the quality of my photos so it won't be as appealing or as, as sharp and the quality will be degraded. Now, here are some of the photos taken during the shoot. These are edited and exploited in Adobe Lightroom to keep the quality and resolution. I uploaded it on my Instagram account and tag the company I told you about. So that's the good thing with social media. You can use it to your advantage in building your brand, creating your portfolio, reaching out to the people in companies you'd like to work with. And you know the best part with this shoot. A few hours later, I got a notification that Alex Gonzaga, one of the celebrity sisters that I told you about here in the Philippines with 10 million followers. One of the owners of the happy cup company like and commented on my photos, even shared it in her stories. Imagine millions of people seeing my photos with my name on it. And that's what you will learn from this course, how to create stunning photos that gets people's attention. Well, I hope you're excited as I am. See you in the next lesson. 4. What to prepare?: In this video, my goal is to help you get started. We want to make sure that you get results at the end of this course. First, we need to prepare a couple of things to participate in the activities. These prepare cookies, you can buy, ready to eat cookies like this, or bake your own cookies, then prepare a plate, base or background. You can use your actual table as your base, a chopping board, or a book, anything at home that you can use a prompt next is to prepare white sheets of paper or a white harbored a styrofoam or a white cloth to use a reflector. Don't worry, I will further discuss this in the course. Next. What story you'd like to tell through your photos. Are you eating cookies by yourself or with your friends or with your family? Please write them down so you will have a guide. And at the end of this course, we'll check if we were able to achieve your goals for this course. So my concept is to make a boring instant noodles look appetizing and attractive. So I will be preparing an instant noodles and stylish. Are you excited to see the final result? Need to see you in the next video. 5. Quick activity :): Time for activity. Remember the cookies I ask for you to prepare earlier. Please get it out now and take a test shot. No need to style it or apply any composition technique. Just take a simple photo of it and uploaded using the project tab, keep it. So at the end, you can also compare it to the photo after food photography course. 6. What light to use?: Welcome back. In this video, we are going to answer the question, what lied to use? I consider this one of the most important question because without light there is no photography. Light creates mood and gives you food photos, depth. You have options of using daylight or natural light and artificial continuous light. Daylight is easiest to work with and it's free, so it's best for beginners. A small window provides enough light to make great food photos. However, daylight changes almost every hour. You can practice taking photos during different times of the day and study the effects in your photos. From there, you can choose your favorite hour that produces the best results. I don't use daylight that much because my house does not offer a lot of window. So in this course, I will be using a continuous artificial light. That way the intensity and color temperature is consistent throughout the course. Before you choose which like to use, it is important to understand main light and fiddle liked. The main light determines the amount of contrast, type of shadow, and the overall atmosphere in a shot. Fin light supplements the main light which is used to optimize the lighting. In this course, I will be using artificial lighting as main light and the white side of this illustration board as fill light to reflect the main light. As you can see in the pictures when you use the main light alone, it is overexposed and create the dark shadows. When you add a fill light, you'll notice the shadows disappearing and creating a balanced looking shot. Next is the use of diffuser, a life diffuser is any material that diffuses or scatters light in some manner that transmit soft light. I personally prefer using a diffuser and all of my food photos, soft light makes food more appealing. And in the minis hard shadows and edges that can be distracting. Notice when I add this views her into my setup. Also, it is important to remember to do a white balance when taking photos. Also, make sure to turn off other sources of light apart from the main light that you are cameras, white balance system will not be confused with a mixed sources of light. As you can notice from my setup now, my main like here is the only life source and all other light sources are turned off. Last, I covered my window as well. So mainly just one light source, my artificial life. What about lights accessories and light directions in the next video? See you there. 7. How to set up lights?: In this video, my goal is to teach you the different directions of lights and how to set it up. For beginners, it is best to start with lateral light, where lead comes from your three o'clock or nine o'clock. Let me show you a couple of examples. Lateral light gives us that 3D look. It is simple to apply and gives us that homey feel. The diagonal light coming from behind the subject is usually easiest on the eye and balanced looking when using diagonal light, remember to always use reflectors. Finally, backlight gives the subject a dramatic and high-contrast light beam. It is also best used for other dishes served in glasses. Oh, and again, make sure to use reflectors, flags, and other light shapers. Now, it really depends on how you do your art, how you will tell your story. Use lights to your advantage, and don't be afraid to experiment with it. Let's talk more about accessories in the next video. See you there. 8. What accessories to use?: In this video, we are going to answer, What accessories to use? Seeing what happens behind the scenes of great food photos is all part of the fun. Who would have thought that this amazing looking dish is surrounded by Cardboard? I mentioned diffusers in the previous lesson, but in this video, we will get to know them more and their effects. Diffusers are essential food photography tool. It can be a white cloth, a white bedsheets, or a white Corinthian diffusers softened the light falling on the subject. Let me show you an example of the subject with or without a diffuser. Next is spilled reflectors. It could be a piece of cardboard, styrofoam or anything else. Why it can be used a spill reflector. Its main job is to reduce the shadows and add brightness to the whole scene. Let me show you an example. Finally, we have the flag opposite to reflectors. A flag absorbs light instead of reflecting it. This is used when you want to create a darker look for your photo. For me, I just use the other side of this illustration. And boy, if I need to use a flag, any black sheet of paper or fabric will do. I personally love this illustration board because you can use it as fuel reflector, flag, and even the background. Next May favorite topic and probably the most exciting part of food photography, prompts and styling. See you there. 9. How to style a food?: Food photography does not end in knowing the right camera settings and serving on an exquisite dish. You also have to select the right prompts to give your subject the shine it deserves. It is important because it makes a delicious dish look more delicious than most boring looking recipe can become a superb photo because of great styling and composition. So how do you do food styling? First is to start with the basic. If you are just starting out and have minimal experience, it is highly recommended that you practice on still lifes subjects like foods, raw vegetables, donuts, and reds were in. You don't have to cook. Next is to decide what story you want to tell throughout your photos or through your photos. You can do this by selecting the right prompts and carefully arranging the scene to match the composition that you have in mind. Before we jump into the demonstration. Water prompts. Anyway, these are objects that are not part of your dish. It can be anything that can already be found in your kitchen or your house. There are no limits in choosing your prompts. Just make sure to stick to your theme and tell a story through your photo. See where your imagination will take you. Now, let me show you a demonstration of how I style and use props. So this is my favorite part because you get to express yourself through your composition and styling. So one main factor in food photography is adding layers. For example, I had this work word as based. So yes, basically, this is just a word that I bought from a bookstore, but I love using this site to Muslim my food photos. So I use it as base, which will also be my background for eight top view angle. And I'm using this, I think this is a sushi maker, sushi shaper. I'm using this to add another layer and some color contrast. So our subject will be noodles, so it's color yellow. So Brown goes or combines well with yellow. So I'm using it to add color contrast and to add layer, then a table napkin, then the plate, and later the food of course. So next is the props for this demo. I will be using this rustic salt and pepper dispenser, the soy sauce and oil dispenser, lemons and this grapes to add color contrast, since we have a lot of yellows, it combines well with purple and as, as well as with brown. So that's why I added these props. And of course, this shining fork. Don't worry, I will be including a color combination guide to help you in styling and creating color contrast. So you see here it's looking more interesting and appealing. Now, wait until we add the actual food. Not only does this props create color contrast, it also creates layers and depth of field. Finally, the food. In styling, make sure to fill the plate with food. Avoid putting little food on a big plate unless it's part of a creative plating or your storytelling. In here I am trying to evenly spread though noodles to achieve an appetizing and inviting look, my herbs are not evenly distributed. So I will add more to make it balanced looking. You can also use tweezers in adding herbs or adding garnish or adding details to your dish. So there I will be adding herbs now to make it balanced looking. And for my garnish, I use two cuts of lemons in a bigger cut of parsley to add color, contrast, and texture. And that's when styling. Make sure to compose the scene in your head or make a sketch of it before you actually do it and prepare your food. Then make sure to style your scene first before you get the food. You want your seed all set up as well as the lights and camera before you actually take out the food or take it out of the fridge. So the point of styling is to enhance the visual appeal of the subject and notice a say enhance. So meaning your food actually needs to be as enticing. So please don't overcook the food and use rotten ingredients. So in styling and for the graphing food, Another thing that I use most of the time is adding herbs to give dish that extra look. Making adjustment to the subject achieved what is called specular highlights. And finally, don't underestimate including humans to your food photos. Not only does it help your styling, it helps you tell a story. If you are an aspiring food photographer, I have included a list of must have food photo props and styling kit in this course that you can use a Skype. Oh, and yeah, I have included the color combination cheat sheet as well. I hope you have liked to find in this lesson, I'll see you in the next video. 10. Composition guide and techniques: When I started food photography, one of my biggest challenge was Composition. I got stuck in rule of thirds and a reached a stage when I got bored with my photos and lost motivation. That is why I am so excited to share with you this section. This is going to be a game changer in your food photography journey, because in this entire section, you are going to be exposed to different composition techniques and roles. But first, what is composition anyway? Composition refers to the way the various elements in a scene are arranged within the frame. In visual arts, including photography, a composition is about the arrangement visual element. The term compensation literally means putting together. So basically putting together the food prompts and background to create that stunning photo. I have studied different composition techniques and applied all of them into food photography. And with that, I was able to level up my food photos and come up with this curriculum. Make sure to get rid of distractions, turn off phone notifications, enjoy learning and make sure to apply them to. Number one, layering, it is giving you food photos, debt, and they mentioned by building up layers, but using different props, we can bring plenty of textures to the layers that extra components. You can also apply this layering in food photography by dividing your seem to foreground, middle ground, and background. Let me show you an example. First is setting up the light source in our reflector voids. So again, you can get this cheap car Burt for your flags in Reflector. And next I have this beautiful red paper as maybe spec ground and first layer. Next is this plane table napkin as second layer. Then this book for my third layer. And plead for fourth layer. So the layers are excluding the food. For demonstration purposes, I am adding chocolate syrup to add another layer. So this is our fifth layer. So you can use chocolate soup to nuts, you know, other ingredients in your recipe to add layers to your food photos as well. And finally, candy sprinkles for another layer. Let me just make final changes to my scene. I start taking photos. So he shot multiple images. But I will show you which one is my favorite. And here's the final photo. This is my favorite. Next is using foreground and background to add layers. So I have the Christmas light setup for my background lights, this chopping word as my base, the three cookies in ribbon as my subject. Then this extra cookie as may foreground. And here's the final photo. So this is achieved using higher aperture, which will be discussed in the textbook section. Again for ground, for me firstly, middle ground and background. So basically taking advantage of using layers to make your photos interesting. Not flap. Don't be afraid if you can do it with three to four layers right away, maybe you can start with just one or two. I'm just like this example. Then slowly play around with your prompts and add some more comfortable next number to contract. Another exciting compositional technique is contrast or using contrast in composing your photos. This can be applied in different elements such as color, tone, texture, and the subject color contrast means using the other end of the color spectrum versus the other end. It's using blue in contrast to red, green in contrast to bread to make your subjects spanned out, I have attached a color combination guide in this course for you to use in case you chose this type of composition technique, the same way applies to tone contract. You can use a vibrant versus muted colors in your photos to add entrance and help in your composition. Next is using texture contrast as well as subject contrast such as all the new jagged and straight. So to better illustrate that, let me show you examples. Next is the golden ratio, also known as the golden section or golden mean divine proportion. In mathematics, this is equivalent to approximately 1.618. I know, I know that sounds and looks so confusing. So basically this square helped to position elements in the scene. And the spiral gives us an idea of how the scene should flow. It's a little like an invisible leading lines. So you can use this, the one showing the screen, the Fibonacci spiral as guide when you're composing, let me show you quickly how I set may seem to follow the Golden Ratio composition technique. I've chosen prompts that I found in the house and extra cookie ingredients to style my scene. As you can see, I am now following that invisible curve that leads to the main subject. And yes, for this course, I am using my Android phone and crop sensor camera to shoot. After a couple of shot. Here's our final result. Next compositional technique is the rule of third. It's one of the most popular compositional techniques. The rule of thirds device your scene into a three-by-three grid with equal sized rectangles. To follow this rule, compose your subject in 1 third of the frame or on the line. This creates a more dynamic and pleasing composition since it gives more emphasis to your subject and their environment. When you are shooting using either DSLR camera or your phone. There is an option for you to have a grid using me, the SLR, I can have it shown by pressing the display button. I will show more of how to do it when shooting in smart phone on a separate section. Next is the rule of I. This composition technique involves using odd numbers in styling this subject and the props and odd number of elements is seen as more natural and easier on the eyes. I'd numbers creates a sense of balance and harmony enforce. It also provides a resting point for our eyes. And even number of objects can divide our attention and compete with each other. In food photography, the aim is to have three or five prompts. But of course you can have more than five items, but the result will be different. And that bringing the same compositional effect. Let me show you an example. In this setup, I have another pink felt paper to use as background. Then this texture, pink paper, a white plate. So basically three layers, then five cookies, three pieces of chocolate chips in the middle. And on one side, and one each on the other sides. Again, if you will count many layers, number of cookies and chocolates, they are all odd numbers. I took her by to break the pattern and tell the story to make it more interesting. And here's our final photo shot and edited using Adobe Lightroom on an Android phone. Next, out-of-focus, dead and foreground. And this composition technique, we use aperture to focus on the subject and make them stand out. We narrowing in on the contrast between the subject and the background. The more contrast, the more dramatic your shots and the more prominent your subject will be. A winning photo composition also remains the one where the subject is isolated due to the contrast solution, including some foreground interest in a scene is a great way of adding a sense of debt to the scene. Photos are 2D or two-dimensional by nature, including foreground interests in the frame is one of a number of techniques to give this in a more 3D feel or look. Next is the Golden Triangle. Instead of a grid of rectangles, we divided the frame with a diagonal line going from one corner to another with an additional two more lines from the other foreigners to that they are going to line. The rule of golden triangle can seem like complex way of arranging a photo, but it can result in some really striking compositions. For my setup, I am using my favorite red felt paper again, then green textured paper to add another layer. Then the plate with our cookies. So here's where we're, I compose the golden triangle. I positioned the sprinkles and the chocolate chips to follow the rule of triangle. Here's our final edited result. And one more look at the Golden Triangle composition guide. Next is symmetry and patterns. This compositional technique is best with flat lays. There is a reason why we loved patterns. They're aesthetically pleasing to the eye and the same goes for a slight variation of the style. Asymmetrical shots that include empty space and breaking of brat patterns are also interesting to look at. Human beings are naturally attracted to patterns and they are visually attractive and suggest harmony. Next is the use of lines and shapes. You can take advantage of the lines and shapes in your photos or in your food. Use them in proportion to your subject to lead the eye into the main subject. Leading lines and not necessarily have to be straight, as illustrated in this example. In fact, curved lines can be very attractive compositional features. So there you have it. Those are composition techniques and roles that you can use as a guide when you take food photos. You can mix and match them as well. These are just rules and guides, so don't feel limited. If you continue to practice, I am sure you will discover more ways beyond this list to compose your photos. So enjoy. 11. Color Theory: If you ever find yourself losing inspiration and creativity in food photography, you are not alone. There are moments when I felt uninspired and unmotivated because I feel like I have tried to all the composition techniques and I bought all the prompts that I like. And I am still not satisfied with my food photos. It took me some time to discover that color theory plays a big role in food photography as well. So what is color theory? Color theory is both the science and art of using color. It explains how humans perceive color and the visual effects of how colors mix, match or contrast with each other. Colors theory also involves the messages colors communicate and the methods used to replicate color. So from the definition itself, it involves the message, colors communicate. It helps tell a story. And that's what winning food photography is made of, a story. So how can we practically apply it in food photography? We can use color as one of our tools. Understanding colors, the URI, the way artists of all trades do. Photographer can utilize color to their benefit to we can use color theory when planning and choosing our props. Choosing our hero, which is the food or the subject, as well as in choosing our background. This will greatly help in composing and styling our food and other reason and aspect to get creative. So first, let's review the order of colors. So there are three orders of colors. We have the primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. When working in the RGB color, the primary colors are red, yellow, and blue. They are the three pure colors from which all other colors are derived. If we take two primary colors and combine them equally, we get a secondary color. Finally, a tertiary color is one which is combination of primary and secondary color. By knowing the three orders, it can help us decide which color we want to use in our photos. Next, the three variables of color. We have, hue, saturation and luminance. Hue simply is the shade or name of the color. Let me show you an example of how you affects a photo. I selected hue. Now observe that Tomato, I say move the slider to maximum and minimum. Next is the bread and the chopping board. So their color brown and that's equivalent to orange in HSL, you'll see the drastic change, say move the slider. And the same thing goes for the lattice which is colored green. Saturation is the amount of color or its intensity. Let me show you an example. Under saturation, I will adjust per colored. Observe again what happens to the tomato? I say just a slider for red. Then the bread and the chopping board when HST orange. And again, the letters, when I move the slider for saturation of the green color, luminance is the brightness of the color. This helps us bring out bright colors, recover skin tones, and many other techniques. Let me show you an example. Under luminance, I will adjust the same colors, red, orange, and green. Observe how the brightness and appearance will change when you move the sliders. Finally, color schemes. These are complimentary, analogous and monochromatic. Complimentary colors are the ones which a completely opposite one another on the color wheel and complement one another. For example, red and green, we make you feel or think of Christmas. Black and orange make you think of Halloween. There's a reason these combinations create such strong emotions in us. They just look good together. Analogous colors sit next to each other on the color wheel and share similar colors. They will have one dominant color in common, most often a primary color or a primary color, but can also be a secondary or tertiary. Analogous colors are often found in nature. Last but definitely not least, monochromatic. Monochromatic are not simply black and white. It actually refers to anything which uses solely one color value. Let me show you examples. Having a good understanding of policy URI can help you compose and manipulate a scene to create the mood and story you're going for. The best way to apply this knowledge is through practice. So let's have an activity. I will show you more examples of food photos. Just put which color order a variable or scheme are used in that photo. 12. Color Theory Activity: I don't have the time and space. All right. 13. Props and styling tips: Good job on learning more about prompts and styling as you go along and practice would photography. I am sure your list of tips and tricks will be longer than the one included in this lesson. From using toothpick to make perfect looking burgers and sandwiches, to using oil to make meat and fried vegetables more appealing and using herbs and spices. That extra look. In this video, I will show you the props in styling tips I use in almost all may food, photo shoot, artificial props. I often experienced client sending me food on the day. So there's really no time for me to go out and buy fresh flowers and fruits for me to use as props. So these artificial flowers and lemons are lifesavers for me. I also use artificial ice. This is indistinguishable from the real thing. It is always available and easy to work with. I also use this to mark the position of a prop onset. It's very handy if I want to take a plate or a proper way to adjust it. Next is using a water spray for water droplets effect in glasses and fruits. Using a brush to remove unwanted cramps. And finally, for your backgrounds and flat lays, don't be afraid to DIY and create your own background experiment. And if you like it, do it. 14. What are the shooting angles?: Now that we know what the basic camera settings we have the proper lighting, we have set up the scene through styling. It's time to take photos. Let us unpack the different angles that are commonly used in food photography. Number one, eye level or hero shot. This angle provides you an intimate view of the subject. Positioning the camera on the same level as the subject. This is ideal for drinks, burgers, sandwiches wrapped scape spec pancakes, ice cream, other layer desert. And it's important to carefully arranged at the background and prompts for this shot because the surface behind and beneath the subject are visible. Number two, bird's eye or top view, it's the most popular angle in Instagram. Shot from above gives you a more graphic glucose. So make sure to arrange the subject carefully. This is ideal for soups, pizza, cookies, and pies. Number 345 degrees or general view. This is probably the most generally used angle in food photography because this represent the angle of which we see food when we are sitting down to eat or to dine. This is best-first salads and main dishes. Number four, details are what I like to call artistic. This is the angle that feels closest to your subject when you want to show off more details of the food-like oozing feelings, cheese or the details of the food. There is no right or wrong angle. It will always depend on number one, your preference. Number two, your subject. For example, a pizza is best photographed at bird's eye view, right? While a stack of pancakes is best shot at eye level, my tip is to take multiple shot from different angles, take as many as you like and imposed for sure you will be able to select the best image. 15. Best camera to use?: Welcome back. In this video, my goal is to help you decide which camera to use for food photography. But before we jump into details and technicalities, the best answer to what camera to use is the one that you have right now may be an iPhone, DSLR, Android mirrorless camera, whatever you have access to, there are different factors that can make a great photo. Factors such as lighting effects, props, styling, composition, and the actual food. Especially your creativity. If you are just starting out, it is best to practice with the one that you have right now to discover your style and find your rhythm. But really what our camera must have features for food photography, let's jump into it. Number one, a camera that has the ability to change lens. The lens you use will have a bigger impact on the quality of the image, which will control your ability to use stylistic choices, like a blurry background number to a camera that will allow you to manually set the aperture, ISO, and exposure time, or the shutter speed. A lot of cameras offer automatic settings, and honestly, this is handy for beginners and I use it a lot, the speedup, my workflow. But as you go along and discover your creativity, immerse in food photography. And if you are getting paid to take food photos, it is still best to have access to manual settings. Number three, a camera that is lightweight or something you can tolerate when shooting. Remember that you will be preparing the food, as well as style and compose the scene. So it is best to go for cameras that are not too heavy. For a camera that is user friendly. A camera that you know how to use. This is important since you are just starting out. We don't want you to be overwhelmed with advanced camera settings and end up not shooting because you don't know how to operate your camera. Number five, a camera that has the ability to give greater flexibility when it comes to depth of field. This is possible with full frame cameras, but can also be achieved with a crop sensor camera together with a great lens. Throughout this course, I will be using a Panasonic Lumix GAP five with prime lens 50 millimeter equivalent. So this is a lightweight and easy to operate camera. Now, a lot of cameras will have the same feature. So my final note is that choose the one that feels like the extension of you. You will be using it for a long time. So make sure to get a feel of it. Check the location of the buttons. Hold it as if you were taking photos, whatever camera you decide to use. Remember that there are still other factors that will greatly affect your food photos and I can't wait to unpack them in the next lessons. Hope to see you there. 16. What camera settings to use?: In this video, we are going to answer the question, what camera settings to use. As mentioned in the previous lessons, light is the most important factor in photography, because photography is all about light. It can be a bit boring and confusing, but it is important to understand these cameras settings because this determines the right amount of light that enters the lens and reaches the sensor. Apertures exposure time and ISO. The aperture determines the depth of field. The exposure time determines the degree of sharpness or blur. The ISO value determines the sensitivity of the sensor. All digital cameras have an auto mode or an automatic mode that enables you to press the shutter button without having to concentrate on your settings at all. In principle, this is really practical, but because it gives you no control over the aperture or exposure time, automatic mode rarely produces genuinely satisfactory results. Take time to get to know the other exposure modes of your camera or the ones that your camera offers. Most cameras have the following built in modes. We have the M, or manual, AV or a, which is aperture priority, TV or S, which means shutter priority. And finally, P or program Amy. In the next lesson, we are going to study each built in MLB. See you there. 17. What is ISO?: Iso sensitivity is a measure of the cameras ability to capture light. The lower the number, the less sensitive in your camera is too light, so the picture will look darker and a higher ISO indicates that your camera is more sensitive to Y, so the picture will look paler. Set your ISO depending on the availability of light. The lower you can set your ISO, the better. Anything over one hundred and six hundred will result in a very grainy or noisy image. So avoid higher ISO even your camera offers them if you are shooting in daylight, ISO 100 to 200 is recommended, around 400 if you're indoors and you are using an artificial life, observe the sample images to see the effects of ISO sensitivity. In P mode, you can only alter the ISO value the camera selects all of the other settings automatically. Important to note that in this mode you have no control over depth of field and blurbed due to camera shake. 18. What is aperture?: What is aperture? This is the opening of a Lenses diaphragms through which light passes. The aperture can be dilated like the pupil over your eye to allow more or less light into the camera. Each time you move the aperture settings up, the amount of light entering the camera and doubles. Aperture values are given in terms of the ratio of the focal length of the lens to the effective diameter of the aperture. The apertures scale goes higher. Aperture means less light is entering the camera. On the other hand, a lower aperture means more light is entering the camera, which creates a nice depth of field, making the background that blurry. The aperture you use is a crucial factor in the design of food photos. The use of blur enables you to direct your viewers. I told her the most important part of the subject and give emphasis to certain details when selecting the aperture value or aperture priority mode of your camera, you set the aperture and the ISO yourself, leaving the camera to set the shutter speed automatically allowing you to control the depth of field. 19. What is M (Manual) mode?: Next, what is M mode or a manual mode? So this allows you to adjust all three basic shooting parameters all at once. Careful selection of the aperture and exposure time not only enables you to create correctly exposed photos, but it also gives you ultimate creative control over the look of your photos. If you're just starting out. My recommendation is to start with automatic exposure mode. So your camera will select the settings for you to achieve an optimal overall exposure in your photo. When you are more comfortable shooting this way, you can move on to semi automatic modes, like the AV or aperture priority or shutter speed priority and P mode. Once you have a solid understanding of these light exposure settings, you can move on to m mode or manual and allow your creativity to run wild. But how do you shoot in end mode? So first, check the exposure of your shot with a light meter visible through your view finder. Next is to pick an aperture, then adjust the shutter speed, and finally, pick an ISO setting. That's it. And then you can take your shot. 20. Raw and JPEG: Which format to use?: When I was just starting out as a photographer, I didn't not know much about raw and jpeg file formats. I was just using JPEG because it's easiest and allowed me to shoot an upload. In events photography, you're always on the move and have no time to adjust the camera settings depending on the light source. So using JPEG can be problematic. In this video, you will learn more about the difference of JPEG enroll and when to use them. So first, let us define each file formats. So first, we want to define RA, or a raw image file. It contains minimally processed data from the image sensor of a digital camera. Raw files are named so because they are not yet processed and therefore are not ready to be uploaded or printed. Similar to raw food ingredients that need to be prepared and cooked before consumption. A raw image also needs to be post-processed in software before it's ready to be printed, shared, or shown on a display device. But the purpose of raw image formats is to save, to minimize laws of information to obtain data from the sensor. So it does not look appealing at first because if captures it in raw, but it has enormous potential in what you can achieve with it. Next is the JPEG format. Jpeg images are fully processed in camera and all the settings such as, you know, white balance, color saturation, sharpening and color space are already baked in or applied to the image. So you do not need to spend any time on post-processing re-image. It is basically ready to use. It's like buying a cooked food ready for consumption. So the camera made all the adjustments for you. Jpeg is also not well suited to files that will undergo multiple edits. A SEM image quality is lost each time the image is decompressed, particularly if the image is cropped or shifted. Although our eyes and our brain without a doubt can do better when it comes to deciding how to process an image. Most cameras nowadays have advanced image processing mechanism that could make a JPEG images as beautiful. So when do I use each file format when taking photos? One of the main benefits of capturing a photo as a raw file is that the additional tonal and color data in the file offers more options, especially if exposure changes are needed. Next, it is best if you prefer to post-process your photos for color correction, color grading, sharpness, white balance, and exposure. It is also best if you are shooting for a client so you have more control in post-processing In case you made a mistake and need to recover exposure, color, and other settings. Now, JPEG is best used for immediate display, for shooting for lower-quality uses. If you have limited space on your memory card and computer for personal use images. So to conclude, the JPEG processing applied by the camera is designed to produce a good looking image right out the camera. And this processing cannot be done. A raw file, on the other hand, is processed by you. So you can decide how the image will look. One of the main benefits of capturing a photo as a raw file is that the additional tonal and color data in the file offers more options, especially if exposure changes are needed. So to conclude this lesson, how you decide on which format to use will depend on first, what is the purpose of your photos? And finally, who is your audience? Who are your photos for? I hope this will help you decide which format to use the next time you take photos. See you in the next video. 21. Camera settings conclusion: If you are just starting out, my recommendation is to start with automatic exposure mode. So your camera will select the settings for you to achieve an optimal overall exposure in your photo when you are more comfortable shooting this way, you can move on to semi-automatic mode, slag, aperture priority, shutter speed priority, and chemo. Once you have a solid understanding of these lead exposure settings, you can move on to m mode or manual and allow your creativity to run wild. It quick recap. There are three settings on your camera that affect the amount of light coming in and hitting the sensor. But the amount of light hitting the camera sensor is also referred to as the exposure. Is o determines the sensitivity of the sensor to light. Aperture determines depth of field. Shutter speed determines the degree of sharpness or blur. So if your image is too dark and you can control the light source, adjust the ISO, try erasing it to 400 to 800. If you want precise focus on your subject in a blurry background. Adjust the aperture to 1.7 or 2.8 to create that beautiful depth of field. If you want to freeze movement like a water splash or falling sugar, adjust the shutter speed to 400 or higher. Now that you know about more Liping, styling, composition of framing and camera settings, it's your turn to put it on to action. 22. How to edit your photos: Welcome back. In this photo we are finally editing the final result of our food photo shoot. So as you can see here, our photo or final photo is looking a bit yellow. Good news is in post edit. We can manipulate the color, we can adjust the exposure, we can adjust the crop. And a lot of software have the ability to do all of this. So it doesn't matter if you're using a paid or a free photo editing software. Most of the settings that I have here, most of them should be available in the photo editing software that you're using. But in this video I will be using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom classic. Alright, so we have our final photo here. So like I said, it's looking a bit yellow. So what we can do is to first adjust the white balance. So we just use these ij upper right here. So this is for white balance. So let's just use a gray or white part of the photo to correct the white balance. So as you can see, you see here on the right side, it's looking more natural and the colors are correct. So let's go back. So we're using the Develop module here in light room. So the Develop module is where you edit your photos. Use the Basic panel to make adjustment to white balance, exposure, contrast and other tone controls to your liking. K. Next, it's still looking a bit yellow for me, so I'm couldn't adjust the temperature. Make it move it two. Okay. It's it's getting a bit bluish so we can move it to 1601515 is good. That's looking more natural. Now we want to go down to exposure. So I'm going to show you the effects of moving it all the way up to the highest or to the maximum and lowering it down. So if you have a dark photo, you can definitely increase the exposure. Or if you have a washed out or an overexposed photo, you can definitely adjust the exposure here. As you can see. Like my highlights or for me, they're a bit washed out so we can just adjust the exposure down a little bit. So maybe two? Yeah. Oh, sorry. Maybe to ten. You can move the like, I think this is like navigator here or you can just set the number. We can oops, sorry, that's the contrast. Adjusts it to. Yeah. That's good for me. And then we just add contrast to it. But not too much because if we move it all the way up, this is not a nice-looking photo. This is not appetizing at all. So we just, Oh, actually that's one main tip. When editing your photos, don't go all crazy with all the settings. You can just add a little bit and you can adjust it in. You can, you will, in time you will develop that I that, you know, they can see the, you know, the perfect looking photo for you. The one that will satisfy your liking. But yeah, don't go crazy with the settings. You can just adjust it a little bit at a time. Software the contrast, we can just add it. Let's give it a plus ten. Okay, that's looking more popped out and crisp. So that's good. We can already see the before and after here. So as you can see, it's looking a lot better than the original photo. Okay. So that's good. I want to decrease the shadow. Sorry, the highlights, highlights the whites here. So if it just adjust it all the way down, as you can see, I'm losing all the highlights. If I just did all the way up. I'm getting like real strong highlights right there. So I just wanna tone it down a bit to make it more 3D and more beautiful. Okay? Yes to 1010 is good. So you can see it's giving giving us a more, a more appetizing or more natural-looking dish. Okay. Let's go down to what else we have here. Oh, okay. The saturation. So when you adjust the saturation here, like let's say all the way up. It's making the whole photo saturated. What if I just want my greens to be saturated? So you can't do that here because it will adjust the color of the entire photo. Good news is we also have the color options here, or HSL in light room. So let's say you just wanna adjust the greens here. Because as you can see, it's, for me, it's looking a bit sad. What if I want to make it more vibrant? So we can select the greens here. And then we can adjust the hue, can add more hue. And then we can add more saturation. Okay, that's looking better. And then luminance. To make it look fresh. Let's see. So as you can see from here, it's sad. It doesn't look correct. See the greens here, it looks more green and it looks fresh. And it's illuminated. So I'd like the luminance functionality here. It's at, it adds highlight to that one color only. So that's perfect. So I adjusted the greens, but it did not affect the entire photo. But as you can see, the greens are popping up now. So that's perfect. I like that setting. Next. How about the yellows? Do you want to adjust the yellows had saturation to it. Let's see. Oh yeah, that's perfect. I like that one. That's just don't in up tone it down a bit. Okay. That's looking better. Oh, and you see the grapes there. So I added those grapes at the top because we have a lot of yellows and browns in our photo. And it combines well with purple, as you can see in our color contrast guide for composition. So I want to illuminate that as well. So let's just go to purple here, and let's adjust the luminance. As you can see here, there are specular highlights. But if you want to make that stronger, you can just adjust the luminance here, C. And if you decrease it, it's gone. So you want to, you know, create more specular, specular highlights. You can definitely use luminance. So I like that better. Alright, oh, by the way. So we've adjusted the exposure and color B1 to adjust the cropping as well of this photo. Because sometimes when you take photos, you don't, you don't always get the perfect crop, the perfect rule of thirds or the perfect center of the subject. Good news is in your post edit, you can definitely adjust that. So here we have the crop option here. So as you can see, we have a rule of thirds here, but the parsley is not. It's in the third line, perfectly in the third line and it's, I feel like we can adjust it more. So let's adjust the hue to put it in the third line, perfectly in the third line. So there. So as you can see, the parsley is now sitting perfectly in the third line and closer, we're actually closest to the third intersection, creating that perfect rule of thirds. So that's done. So basically that's it. You have your crop, you have your collar, and you have your exposure adjusted. So let's see the before and after. See before and after. Our final photo here is looking more natural. The colors are more vibrant. For me, it's more appetizing, more appealing. And it can give your viewers that excitement, either noodles. And as you can see when we zoom in, you know, the greens are more green. The color is correct. It looks more fresh. It looks more vibrant and alive. So yeah, see, it's popping out. It looks 3D. It definitely looks a lot better than either post edit. So you can see the purple. Even though it's blurry, it's, it looks perfect. It looks sad in here. So in here it looks a lot better. Okay, oops, sorry. So here's our final photo. So in the next video, I am going to teach you how to export your photos so the quality will not decrease when you uploaded in Facebook and Instagram or your blog. If you just want to make sure that you export it in the highest quality, all of that in the next video. See you there. 23. How to Export Food Photos for different platforms: Welcome back. In the previous lesson, we learned about how to edit and enhance our food photos. Now, we will learn how to properly export them so we can maximize and optimize the picture quality to whatever platform we intend to use our food photos. So first, if we just want a high-quality photo, let's say we'll be sending it to a friend who has a food business for anyone to help him or her with great food photos, maybe you'll be using it for a menu or for whatever purpose. If we just want a high-quality food photo or high-quality file, but we can do is to export it. So we go to File Export. And in here, you wanna go to File Settings. So we want to make the image format jpeg. So whether you've taken the photo Rajit peg, we want to export it as cheap bags so we can upload it. We can do whatever we want with the file f for the color space, we want to select SRGB, and we want to, of course adjust the quality to 100. Oh sorry, just one. And they can just leave that. So basically what is most important with exporting high-quality is adjusting the quality to 100 and making sure that the color spaces, SRGB and the image format is JPEG. Now just before we continue with exporting it and saving it, I just want to touch base on export location and file naming. You will be dealing with a lot of files. It is important to organize them and organize the file naming. So you wanna make sure that you export to a specific folder or same as the original photo. And then make sure to create a sub folder or to put in a subfolder. So for this instance, I created a subfolder named instant noodles. And then with existing files, I want to make sure that I will, I will be asked what to do. Let's say a file name has been saved already in the past. I want to make sure that I choose ask what to do instead of just keeping it or overwrite without warning because I will be losing this file. Now in the file naming, we want to select custom name and the one with the numbers. So just like this one. So for the custom texts, I put here instant noodles and then you'll see here incident dose one of one. So let's say in this example I have another photo here. So when I save it, it will be instant noodles One of two. So that's good. Or actually, sorry. Let's do sequence. So if I save this second photo here, it will be instant noodles Number two. So there, so make sure that your files are organized. And for high-quality, makes sure to select 100 here, JPEG. And then you can export. And that's it for the high-quality export. Next, what if you want to upload it in? It's in Instagram. First, we go to file again, and then we go to Export. Now for Instagram. So we want to save it in the same location, but we can change the file naming to instant noodles, Instagram. Okay, that's good. Now we go down to the file settings. So image format is the same, color spaces the same. Now for the quality, in order for Instagram not to adjust the size and quality of our photo. We want to set it down to 72. And then we want to adjust the image sizing. So we need to select resize to fit. And then we need to select long edge. And then for the pixels to retain the quality when uploading to Instagram, we need to adjust it to 1080 pixels. Okay, we can just leave the resolution of that. And that's it. We can now exploit that. And that will be ready to upload in Instagram. Now what if I want to upload it in Facebook? So same. We go to file and then export. Now we want to adjust the file or change the file name to Facebook. Instant Noodles Facebook. Then we wanna go down to file settings. So the image format will be the same JPEG color spaces, SRGB. Now, for Facebook quality, we want to adjust this to 85. So you can still get that crisp contrast d looking food, but not too much file size. So same with image sizing. We want to resize to fit long edge. But for Facebook will be adjusting this to 2048 pixels. And you can just leave the resolution of that. And we're done. So we're going to export. And finally, if you're like me, I like uploading my food photos in my Instagram stories as well as Facebook stories. So there is also a suggested or recommended settings for that. So we want to crop it to yep, 16 by nine and we can just adjust it a little bit like that. And then we're done. Now we want to go to File, and then we wanna go to export. So same Export Location. Now we want to change the file naming to IAG story. And then we go down to file settings for IG feed. Or sorry, IG story. Same quality or actually for the quality, we need to adjust it to 72 and then resize to fit edge. And then we just need to change the pixels to 1920. And then that's it. We click on Export. Right? Now that you have a chested are exploited different versions of your food photos. We wanna go to the sub folder or the folder where we saved them or we've exported them. Alright, so for me here, I have the instant noodles subfolder. So as you can see, we have the instant noodles for Facebook of load. We have the instant noodles for Instagram or sorry, that should be Instagram. That Instagram, we have the wind with the highest quality where in we can send to a client or you want to send to a friend. And we have, of course, the instant noodles for our Instagram story. So I hope you had fun and learned a lot from this lesson, and I hope to see you in the next videos. 24. Final activity: The best way to learn is by doing so it's activity time. No one ever became an expert without practice. So let's get right into it. Number one, make sure you are relaxed and have plenty of time to do this activity number to remember the first photo that you took. It's time to create that photo after food photography course. Number three, for us to be uniform and to remove the burden of deciding what to photograph, let's stick with the chocolate chip cookies as our subject. Again, you can use the ready to eat cookies or bake your own firm prompts, grab anything applicable from your house and kitchen. It could be napkins, cloths, plates, a book, chopping board, a glass of milk, baking tools, et cetera. Number four, if you're shooting in daylight, that's great. If not, you may use any artificial light as your main light such as stable lab and position it either lateral or diagonal. Get a fabric or white bedsheets to diffuse the main light. Next is to get a white sheet of paper or anything that has a white surface that can serve as your fill light or reflector. Number five, compose your shots way deciding what story you want to tell through your photos. Are you eating cookies alone or with friends and family? Please use the compositional rules and techniques that you learned from the previous lesson. Number six, prepare your background scene and stylish. Number seven, grab either your DSLR, mirrorless cameras or smart phone, set it to auto in the meantime, but make sure to explore the manual options in the future. Then take two angle shots, tab view and 45-degree angle shot. Number eight, pick your favorite and edit by following the steps in the how to edit your photos section. If you will be editing on your phone, please follow this section below. Food photography using smart phone. Number nine, exported at eighty-five percent quality, resize to fit long edge, then 2048 pixels. Number ten. Now you have your photo before the course and photo after the food photography course. You may now upload it in or exclusive Facebook group, creative masterminds. Or you can upload your photos using the aid project button in this course. 25. How to use smart phone in Food Photography?: In most of the photos, I used the mirrorless camera because I have one available and I am used to shooting with it. But the good news is most of the principles in this course can be applied if you, if you are using a smartphone. I created a separate section to avoid confusion and saw that it is more organized and easier for you to follow. If you are using a smartphone, when you are using your smartphone, you can download Adobe Lightroom. This is available for both iOS and Android. Kindly post this video so we can explore the software together while you download Adobe Lightroom. Once you have it downloaded and open, first thing I'd like to show you is the camera option at the lower right-hand corner. When you click on it and go to the left-hand corner, you have the option to select pro for professional and auto for automatic. The pro option gives you most of the settings available on a DSLR camera. First, you have the shutter speed, which measures the length of time that an image is captured in seconds, then the ISO, which adjusts the cameras sensitivity to light. So if your scene is well lit, you can have it at the minimum because increasing, increasing iss o will give you a lighter image and can become noisy or graining. Next is the white balance. Choose the option that closely matches your light source. Is it daylight? Is it cloudy or using a fluorescent light? Finally, you have the manual focus. You can use the slider to manually set where the camera is focusing. Finally, you have the reset button, if you would like to disregard your settings and start from scratch. What's great with Adobe Lightroom is you have the option to shoot in raw and jpeg. Here, the energy is the raw format to shoot in JPEG. For JPEG, now that you know all of that, let's go and take photos. So here I am using my favorite think felt paper. So I already explained this in the Rule of Odds section. So as you can see, I'm using three layers, then five cookies, three pieces of chocolate chips in the middle and on one, on other sites are in each other sides. Again, if you will talk me layers, number of cookies and chocolates, they're all odd numbers. So I also took a bite to break the pattern and tell a different story. And here's where I shot using my Android phone and using the Adobe Lightroom software as well. When using a smartphone, I like to shoot using overhead or the top view angle, as well as the 45 degrees angle. If your composition guide or technique is the golden ratio, patterns are symmetry. You can start by shooting overhead or tab you to really showcase your composition once you have your photos and you selected the ones that you will share with the world, you can proceed to edit using the same software, Adobe Lightroom. First step is to select All Photos. Then choose your favorite photo or to photo you'd like to edit. Once open at the bottom, you have almost the same tools that you have or that you can see in Adobe Lightroom for a Computers. First is the crop. So depending on the purpose, we can set the crop. In this example, I will select four by five for Facebook and Instagram upload. Then I will adjust the subject to align properly. Then press a check icon. Next we move on to life or the exposure. In here you can adjust the exposure contrast highlights, shadows, whites and blacks. Key tip in photography is to make sure that the white looks white. That is why we have the white balance. Next in here. We can address the callers. In here you can adjust the temperature if it's too yellow for the tint, the vibrance and saturation. In here we also have the mix which is equivalent to HSL in Adobe Lightroom for computers. My favorite part in here, we can manipulate each of the color in the photo. If you want to saturate just the greens, you can do that here. You can also adjust the hue and luminance of each color and just click done. You also have the effects option where you can adjust the texture. Clarity, decays, vignette and green amount. And not only that, you can also adjust the detail and updates. Of course, you also have the option to select a preset, an option to undo your edits using previous and reset. You can view your before and after photos by pressing and holding. See that, so cool, right? You can also use this to your before and after photos. Finally, you can also apply the experts settings that we learned from the previous lesson. Just click the Share icon, then Export As, and just follow the guides that we had in the exporting or let me just show you and put it on the screen. There you have it. You are able to go through the whole prices of food photography using your smartphone. Not having expensive gears is never an excuse. Please have your own exploration and this software or you can use other free or paid software that has the same functions and experiment with your photos. 26. Light and airy VS dark and moody : First of all, I am so glad you're still with me. It just shows that you really want to level up your skills and improve your food photos. In this video, you are going to understand how light and airy as well as dark and moody food photos are composed and shot when photographing food, the best way to start with composition, styling, and choosing a mood is the story. What story would you like to tell your viewers? Is it breakfast on a bright and sunny day? Did a comforting soup in a winter afternoon. Are you alone or are you sharing food with friends and family? Once you have decided this story that you like to tell with your photos, choosing prompts and styling will be easier. Light and airy mode, as the name suggests, includes lots of light and bright elements in the photo. These are examples of light and airy food photos. The key elements to creating that light and airy mood, or light reflectors. Bright colored props and background. Let me walk you through how I shot this light and airy food for thought. So first we need to prepare our fill light and reflectors. In here. I am just using the white side of this cardboard as my reflector. You can use the same type of cardboard or any white sheet of paper. Then may like colored quark bird for a background in base. This textured white paper. Then a white plate. I chose chocolate sprinkles for my subject. So I will be putting seven pieces to follow the rule of the eyelids composition technique. You might remember this from our composition lesson. There you go. I am also shooting at the eye level angle. This is the results straight out of the camera. I would like to enhance this photo using light room. But of course we'll reduce other software paid or free as long as you have options to edit, exposure, cropped, and color. So first the crop. By the way, this is one amazing functionality of Lightroom. When you select crop, then tools, you can see Crop Guide Overlay. We'll help you crop your photos. To select the composition rules and techniques are to match the composition rules and techniques that you have in mind. So in here I'm just using rule of thirds. Putting the subject to the intersection of the third line. That's done. Oh sorry, I forgot. I want to select. Four by five for Facebook and Instagram. So I will be uploading it to those platforms as example for this demo. So next is correcting of white balance. So I will be using the eyedropper tool. There you go. For balanced looking photos, make sure that the wife looks white. So that's your white balance tool. Next thing that I will adjust will be the blacks. And this is to show more shadows and give this photo more debt in 3D look. Since my setup is white on white. So it will look a bit boring if I will stay to my original photo. So I wanted to add texture and shadows. So there I am adding texture. So as you can see there, there's texture inter-subject. And I also wanted to add a bit more contrast. So as you move your sliders, you will get a feel of what you prefer when you're editing. So next, since my subject is chocolate sprinkles and its color brown and bumping up the Saturation to add color to my subjects. So I'm using the HSL or the color section in light room. So adjust the browns, you just need to select Orange. So in here I'm just experimenting with the illuminance to see its effect. So there you have it or before and after photo. And our final photo for the light and airy example. On the contrary, dark and moody food photos are created by controlling light in the scene. If light and airy uses reflectors and bright props, dark and moody requires dark background, flags and dark colored props. Let me walk you through how I shot this dark and moody food photo. First is to remove the light and airy setup. As you can see, I will be using the black side of this cardboard as background and flag to absorb light. So I love that this is multi-functional, plus I'm using more flags to control the light reaching the subject. More flags. Then add dark colored table napkin, a dark colored chopping board for props. And of course the same subject or chocolate sprinkles. And I'm shooting at eye level as well. And this is the result straight out of the camera. I shot this in Ross. I have flexibility when I edit in post, so I want to be able to process so I can add color and interests to the photo. So there first, I want to correct the white balance using the eyedropper tool to correct the white balance or sorry to correct the white and the color of the entire photo. Next is the exposure. Bumping it up so or to show the details of our subject. I also want to add more white, but just a little bit. Then blacks. I'd like to add texture and clarity to the photo as well, so I can do that here. Next is the colors. If you want to adjust Brown's, You can do that by adjusting the orange. Since we want to achieve a dark and moody photo, I will be decreasing the luminance, as you can see here. So I'm just experimenting with the sliders here to match my personal preference when it comes to this photo. Later on I will be experimenting with the mask tool. I will show you that in a bit. There. This is the mask do. So I'd like to mask our subject. So if I make, if I make changes, the subject will not be greatly affected by the change that I will be doing. So I want to adjust or decrease the exposure to make it look darker. And just battling with myself here, but I think I'm happy with that. And finally, the crop, which should have been the first thing that I did earlier. So I am using four by five for Facebook and Instagram app upload. And I'm just having issues with a grid here. I'm adjusting the angle as well because the Court sorry, the chopping board doesn't look straight, so I'm just straightening that out. That's another helpful tool in light room. And that's done. So that's our before and after. And that's our dark and moody and light and airy. Now some say they are more of the light and airy people. Some chose to stick with dark and moody. It's totally up to you, but having the skills and creativity to do both can pump up your skill set. Lets you shoot a wide variety of food photos. If you're a professional photographer, will help you attract more clients. 27. Food photography Demo: SOUP: Congratulations, you are almost at the end of the course. So we have learned all of the basic and fundamental elements of food photography. Just like other skills, food photography requires a lot of practice. In this video, I will show you a complete demonstration applying all the lesson that we learned from start to finish, from set-up to editing and exploiting. In this demo, I will be photographing. So applying what we learned in section 1. First, we plan the shoe, choose a location, decide what's like to use. Will it be daylight, natural life or artificial life? Compose a scene and make a sketch in your mind or actually write it down. For this demo, I chose my favorite spot, which is our dining area, because this is the only place where I can freely move and work and my entire food photography process. Since this location is low access to a window, I will be using my artificial light. So I'm thinking of two outputs in mind. First is a top view shot showing a symmetry. Or like showing shapes. Because as we know in composition shifts are very important because it guides our viewers. I. So I might go with symmetry or repeating shapes. And I'm also thinking of a 45 degrees angle. Shall we move thirds? Or a landscape angle showing all the details of the styling. So we'll get into that later. Okay, so next, we set up the lights. And that includes our main light and our diffuser, as well as our fill light or our reflector. I'll be using the white side of this illustration word as my fill light. So as we've discussed in our previous lesson, fill light is used to bounce back light so that our scene, we'll look more balanced looking and will have less harsh shadows. So after a setup, my background and the lights, we proceed with styling. So we wanna make sure that we style first or we decide how we style are seeing the experiment before we put out the actual food. So in the previous lesson, we discussed about adding layers or layer. So to create that texture and depth of field. So I have my favorite background with the wooden background that I have veered. Then I always use stable napkin to add layer and color contrast. And in here, since we will be photographing soup, so we will be using a bowl. So I want to use repeating shapes. So as you can see, I already have three repeating shapes here. I'm thinking of adding this garlic and this two eggs in my scene. And as you can see, I am following a diagonal line. So you can see from the table napkin and where I'm placing my props. So in food photography, make use of lines and shapes to guide your composition. As you can see, I am moving my props a lot. That's why it is important to finalize your styling and your composition just before you put out the food. This is important, especially when you're photographing this serve food that could look, you know, stable for a long period of time. So I'm using a a table napkin in replacement to my food because I will be taking tests charts. Now that I'm satisfied with my setup. Next is to set my camera settings. So first we want to adjust or set the white balance. So I'm selecting the white balance. I'm using the white side of the field light or the reflector as my white balance or rest my white balance card, sorry. Next, I'm adjusting the aperture to 2.8, my shutter speed to 158, and my ISO to 200. Alright, now that we're done with the test shots, let me just show you the result. So those are my test shot. Because of that, I have decided that I did not like my styling and my composition, so I will be changing it to a totally different setup. So as you can see there, it is very important to have a composition and styling in mind. Also to do it just before you prepare your food. So you'll have plenty of time and you won't be pressured to style it because the food will will have a different appearance for a longer period of time. So take, take your time when it comes to starting, especially when you're just starting out. So it's okay after you've styled and you feel like you're not satisfied with the end result, you can definitely do it and experiment further. So the goal is for the photo or your test chart to look balanced, look appealing. Not to make your viewers uncomfortable. So as you can see, I think this is a better looking setup. Hopefully. So as you can see, I am making a lot of tweaks and adjustments. Well, this is the reality behind the scenes of great food photos. So as you can see, I added the salt and pepper dispenser there because I can see that it's lacking or its, it has a negative space and I'm using my artificial eyes or I call it blocks, to mark the position of this small bowl. So this is one of our styling hacks. So as you can see, you and I get the food. I can place it back to where it was. There you go. So blocks or anything, you can use any object to mark your plates. So you can apply this in other because I have my blade here so I don't have to use blocks. So I can just get the bowl and put the soup. Right? Now, carefully arranged the bowl, make sure it's at the center. And of course, my favorite styling technique is adding garnish for that extra loop. As you can see, adding those basing leaves, leaves, sorry, gives you a different look to the soup. And let's start taking photos. So as you can see as a take photos, I also adjust my props. I make final adjustments. So as you change angles. You take photos, you'll definitely see what else you need to change. And for silver, where's you could actually place them wherever you want. You can follow the diagonal, you can put it at the site of the dish. And there's no right or wrong answer in placing the silverware. Oh, and I had to change my garnish because I ran out of parsley. I'm supposed to be using piracy, but I use basin basically leaves. And unfortunately it changes color when exposed to heat. I'm sorry, I did not know that. I was supposed to use parsley as my garnish. I ran out of it, so It's my alternative. I didn't know it will change colors. So that's one of the things you can avoid. Doing food photography and things to look out for. Each time, you will definitely learn something, yes, you will make mistakes. But then you will definitely learn something. You know, the, the good thing with making mistake is to take advantage of it by learning from it. That's how we succeed. We make mistake, we learn from it, we use it, and then we get better. So I'm, I'm done with the top view or the flatly shots. So I'm now going for my 45 degrees angle shot. And so I changed my styling again. Since I'll be I'll have the other props in the back ground in Blur. So I styled it this way. As you can see, my silverware is also following the diagonal line. Next step is to edit the photos. So once you, you're done shooting, your done enjoying the food. Of course, after you've shot your food, you may want to enjoy it while it's still hot. But if you don't like that, you can also set it aside, clean up your workspace, and proceed with importing your photos to your computer or to your phone. And then proceed with editing it. Now it doesn't matter what editing software you use. You can use a free editing software. You can use a paid one. For this demo, I will be using Adobe Lightroom to edit photos that I took earlier. So I'm done editing a couple of photos. So I've imported for But this is my favorite. So first we want to make sure that our crop is correct. So as you can see, the leaves here are garnish, is not in the middle. So i will be adjusting the crop to, as you can see here, four by five. So this is the recommended crop size for Facebook and Instagram. So my purpose for this shot is to upload it to my Instagram and Facebook accounts. So what I'll do is set it to four by five and then adjust to make sure that our subject, It's in the middle. And that's actually another styling and composition technique. You might be worried that the other props are at the edge of the frame and they're not totally scene. That actually creates an illusion that there's a whole other world like outside of this frame. It will look like there's a bigger table. But when in reality this is just a corkboard. That's the power of bookkeeping, props and other details in the edge of the frame. So I'm happy with this crop, so I'll click Done. And then for this photo to me, it looks a bit yellow. So we can, by the way, a lot of editing software has the white balance function we're in. If you just click this eyedropper here and then you pointed to something gray or white. It will change. Oops, I don't think that's correct. It will change the white balance or it will correct the white balance. As you can see, the white is more wide, it's more natural looking. And then I want to adjust the exposure. Just a little bit. Maybe 1015. Okay. That's good. Oh, And as we mentioned for, as I mentioned in the previous lesson, don't go overboard with all the adjustment. Especially I'm all my photos, especially for this course, I used the JPEG JPEG format. So it won't take up my camera, my cameras space, and it will be faster for my workflow. But as mentioned in the previous lesson, depending on what purpose you intend to use your food photos, that that's how you can decide whether to use JPEG or row and all the other factors, especially the camera settings, will you be using manual, auto? It depends. So whatever purpose you intend to use, your food photos, you can match your preference and everything else to that. So I want to adjust the exposure as well just a little bit. 15. Let's see. 15 is good. And then. This is my favorite part, the HSL or the color settings where in I can adjust the colors manually because in the previous lesson you learned that if we just adjust the saturation all the way up, it will saturate the entire photo or the entire scene. So we don't want that. I just want to change or I just want to adjust the greens and the oranges of this photo. So I go to color, I go to green, and then I just adjust the hue a little bit, as well as the saturation and the luminance that fresh. So my greens, we'll look fresh. Okay. Let's see, that's looking. Oh, see. The, the leaves looks more vibrant, it looks more fresh. And the whole scene looks balanced and weren't pleasing to the eye. So I'm happy with that. I just want to adjust the oranges as well. Okay. And that's it. So basically I just adjusted the crop, the the light exposure. The I did not adjust the shadows because I'm happy with the shadows. I feel like it it's added debt and that 3D effect. So I did not adjust the shadows. And I just adjusted the color because I wanted the green to look more vibrant to my leaves to look more fresh. So I'm happy with that. I'm happy with a crop. It's for me, it's cost them iceberg, Facebook and Instagram uploads so I can just export this. So we go to export. And as mentioned in the previous lesson, we want to organize our files so we can easily access them. So for me, I export it to my desktop, put it in the South folder. Actually, check here. Desktop folder, soup. And then soon or Facebook File Settings, image format is JPEG, so it will be compatible. For all online platforms. Color space is SRGB. This is best when your voters are being viewed online or in the in their screens on the Web. Quality. I am going to adjust this to 85 facebook. Now for the image sizing, resize to fit long edge. For Facebook, we wanna adjust the pixels to 2048. And you can just leave the resolution at that, since we are not printing it. And that's it. I don't use watermark. So leaving that and remove the check in the location info so you don't want your location to be in your metadata information and just click on export. And for example, you want to apply all the settings that we've applied here and this photo to all the other photos of the same shoot, you can just create a preset. So you just go here on the side. I'm not sure with other editing software, but if there is an option to create a preset, you can actually maximize that option. So you go to presets. So you click on the plus sign, great preset. And then you just change it to suit preset. And then those are all the settings. And then you click on Create. And let's say you go to this other photo. When you go down to the soup preset and all the settings are immediately applied. So when you click on that and you click on the before and after, you can already see that this photo looks more natural, more balanced looking the colors are correct. We can do the same with other photos. You apply the soup preset and as you can see, the white looks more white and the other colors are correct. And so let's go back to our favorite photo. Our folder you'll see are finished image here. Ready for Facebook upload. So basically that's it for their prior entire demo. So I hope you have fun and I hope you'll put it into action. You will continue to practice, you will experiment. And if you have other questions, feel free to ask. I'm always on the look out for my students messages and don't forget to enjoy the food that you have cooked or you've prepared. Thank you. Bye. 28. Food Photography Demo: Fried Rice and Dimsum: Hi. In this video, I will show you the demonstration of how I shot is fried rice we dim sum. So as you can see, am I follow the diagonal guide when styling and composition? So I have all my props setup here already. Now, I'm setting up my diffuser to cover my main life so that my light is softer and I won't have harsh shadows. And of course our field light or our reflector, which is my favorite, the white side of this illustration work. Now I'm just setting up the white balance and other camera settings. So as you can see how a place those two balls. So right now I'm not using white plates. I wanna go, I want to go for a native looking setup. Okay, I'm just making final adjustment to minds dialing and set up later. Everything will make sense once you see the final result and it's time to take photos. And my most important part, of course, the results. So we have the eye level shot. You have a 45 degrees angle shot. You can see all the other details are in blurred creating that nice depth of field. Details are artistic. So I had to put the spoon there to add a different field and to tell a different story. Next. I'm not very happy with the color of the final photos, so I want to make a couple of adjustment to the caller and be able to export it so that I can optimize the image quality for different platforms such as facebook, my blog, Instagram, or if I just want to export a high-quality image. So I am done importing my photos, so I just go to develop. So again, I'm editing in Adobe Lightroom. So first we want to adjust the crop. So I'm selecting four by five for the crop. So I am, I have my subject and dissenters, so this is good for me. So that's done. And then I use the white balance. So I'm looking for somehow agree. I don't have any grace. I think this one looks correct. Okay. How about this one? All right. That's better. Okay. Then Aisha's one to adjust the exposure Aereo did. It's a bit negative ten. And then my favorite settings will be the colors. So you know, I want my greens to be vibrant. Okay, that's good. Course my orange to really pop a little bit. Okay. Maybe you can just adjust the vibrance just a little bit. Pay a bit of contrast. Okay, let's see. Color looks more natural to me. This one looks appetizing or appetizing the colors are correct. Now, what if I want to apply the same settings with the other photos that I have here. So I just create a preset for this one. Great preset. I'll just name it fried rice reset. And then when I go to my other photos, I just create a yes alike. Right? Right. Preset. And as you can see, it will apply all the changes that I made to all of the photos. See, you can already see the huge difference. Fried rice, we said. Alright, I'm happy with that. So this photo, I would like to upload it in my Instagram story. So I will go to. Crop. For Instagram stories, it is recommended to have the 16 by nine. For Instagram, it is recommended to have the 16 by nine crop. So I am selecting that. So that's done. So it's looking really beautiful, ready for my Instagram story. So I'll go to file and then export. And then I go to a specific folder, food photography, have a subfolder named fried rice, and then fried rice. Ig story. And for my file settings, image format is JPEG, color space is SRGB. I will adjust the quality to 72. That's most recommended for Instagram Stories. Long edge is our image sizing. So click on resize to fit. And for the pixels, this is what you need to take note of for Instagram Stories, recommended is 1920. Okay, that's it. And we click on Export. Now, if you go to the folder. So if you go to phi dries, it's there. Ready to be uploaded to your Instagram story. And of course you do the same things with the other photos. So let's say this one you want to upload in Facebook. So we've already adjusted the crop. Oh, sorry, we have it. So you want to adjust it to four by five for Facebook. And then whatever subject in the rule of thirds. So that's dine and love the crop for filing the diagonal. So it's beautiful. Now we want to export it to a specific folder, fried rice. We just change this one, the custom text, to Facebook. And then this is the important part for file settings. For Facebook. We can set it up up to 85 for image sizing. Same resize to fit long edge. And then we just change this to 2048 annual, leave everything else alone, then we click on export. So when we go to our folder, we have one for IG story, we have one for Facebook. So now what if we want just a high-quality for our client? So let's say this one. Let's say you're photographing this to be used for their Instagram page or their website. For that you just, you can leave the I think the crop is already perfect so we can leave it at that. So we go to file, we go to export. So same file location, but we changed the custom name to, let's say fried rice, let's say website. So same image format, jpeg color spaces as RGB. Now for the quality, we want, we want it to lower it down to AD. Because we don't want for a website or blogs to load up really huge images that it will take time. You know, our viewers only have five seconds attention span, so we don't want our big images to be creating so much lag and so much loading time. So we can turn down the quality to 80. And then for the pixel, so same long edge resize to fit, we just change the pixels to 10000. So it will be smaller. And it will be, it will still be crisp and contrast the, but it will be also fast. When are the risks? Check it on our blogs or on our website. So that's done. This is our setting for food photos, export settings when using in blogs or website. So we just click on export. And we go back to our folder and there you have it. You have one that you can use for website, one can use for your IG story and ones for your Facebook upload. There you have it. Iop had fine in this video and see you in the next. 29. Food Photography Demo: Drinks: Welcome back. In this video, I will show you my whole process in photographing drinks using the dark and moody theme. So as you can see here, I will be using a lot of flags. So I am using the black side of this illustration board to absorb light and create that dark and moody feel. So I'm just setting it up so that I can control as to where the light will be coming in. So I folded this a little bit. So I'm just removing the big black one. So I'm using a bottled water at the back to support this big flag. So I want to create a diagonal, diagonal light effect. So I'm using my spray to add droplets effect and I'm putting in the carbonated lime juice. For my styling. I added a lime. I didn't want to put it on the right side because the light will be coming in, you know, very harsh. So my subject is the glass of lime juice. I don't want to put the lime near the light. So I went forward a detail shot right away. And that's when I realize I did not love the line there. So now I'm just photographing the glass of lime juice. Now I wanted to add human touch. And so I set the shutter speed to 400, so it will freeze the lime juice boring. And just before I ended this shoot, I added a line and put it at the top of the drink when for an ion level shot. And here's the final results. 30. Congratulations! What's Next?: Congratulations. Now that you have learned about the important elements of food photography, I am sure you will start by photographing anything that looks beautiful and attractive. Or maybe start with a dish that you've been wanting to cook and practice taking photos, whatever it is, I am sure you will discover which technique and style works for you best. I am also sure you will want more. And my final advice is once you have discovered your style and found your rhythm, give yourself a specific task. It can be small or a big project. It could be creating a food topography portfolio, a cookbook, an exhibition, or should simply designing your Instagram feed with mouth-watering dishes. Just make sure that you have a goal. So you will continue learning and will always be excited for the next project. Don't be afraid to experiment or even model photo scc online or from a magazine. Just like any other skills to become an expert, we need to practice by doing it. So practice, practice, and practice. Again, don't worry about making mistakes. It's all part of the fun. I hope you learned a lot from this course and I can't wait to see your before and after food photos. If you have other questions, please don't hesitate to ask. I would love to get feedback as well so I can improve and keep this course up-to-date. Thank you for choosing me as your instructor and good luck on your food photography journey.