Food Photography: Creating Your Unique Story Premium class

Leela Cyd, Editorial and Commercial Food Photographer

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17 Videos (58m)
    • Trailer

      1:01
    • Introduction

      5:03
    • Camera & Supplies

      7:36
    • Lighting

      4:35
    • Props

      3:37
    • Preparation Images

      3:36
    • Edit the plate

      4:46
    • Back to Basics: Color & Shape

      7:57
    • Tidy vs Messy

      5:49
    • Garnish

      2:32
    • Angles Overview

      0:48
    • 3/4 Angle

      0:49
    • 90 degree Angle

      1:01
    • Macro Angle

      0:46
    • Overhead Angle

      1:06
    • Troubleshooting

      3:19
    • Critique

      3:15

About This Class

Create and share a five-image photo story of your favorite food experience. You might be inspired by a recipe, a location, a getaway, or something you've always wanted to try.

Style, shoot, and curate a series of photographs telling a unique culinary story in this 30-minute class from food photographer Leela Cyd. Perfect for photographers, bloggers, and food enthusiasts, learn how to elevate single images into a full experience. Gather props, style dishes and tablescapes, master 4 fundamental angles, and seize the opportunity to grow your skills and food vision into a compelling, inspiring narrative.

Want more? Check the other classes in this series: Food Photography: Shooting in 5 Styles and Food Photography: Creating Your Unique Story.

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This is a really awesome class to help you get started. I have worked on professional food shoots and a lot of the techniques she teaches we use as well.
This is not the usual deep dive course, but more a fun and entertaining way of getting into the Food photo mindset. Great job!
Absolutely amazing class! Very helpfull, it gives everything you need to know and a huge portion of inspiration. Leela is great both a photographer and a teacher. I'm really impressed, can't wait to start my project. Leela, thank you so much!
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Leela Cyd

Editorial and Commercial Food Photographer

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

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

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

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

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