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11 Videos (28m)
    • Trailer

    • Introduction to Course

    • Why Photograph Food

    • Research materials

    • What is your subject? What is the message of your shoot?

    • Scout the location

    • Gather your materials

    • Props

    • Setting up

    • Recap and Review

    • Create a storyboard and shot list


About This Class

Create a storyboard and shot list for a food photography shoot that displays creativity and culinary delight. Share your work for feedback and inspiration from fellow students.

Prepare the perfect food photo shoot with food photographer Leela Cyd's fun, 50-minute guide. This first class covers all the details aspiring photographers and foodies need to know, from location and prop scouting to storyboarding and shot lists. Whether you use a fancy DSLR camera or a straightforward iPhone, the same organization and DIY studio tricks make a world of difference. By the end of the class, you'll be ready to host a shoot that makes your food look as delicious as it tastes.

Ready to shoot? Check out the next two classes in Leela's series: Food Photography: Shooting in 5 Styles and Food Photography: Creating Your Unique Story.

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this is a inspiration about Food Photography
Her love of the work really enriches this class.
Leela is so passionate about food photography that her excitement is palpable. This is a great class to pick up a few tips which can create the perfect shoot. My favorite tip was the white fill card. It was so simple, but effective. I can't wait to use the techniques I've learned in my next shoot.
Eniola Odetunde

Visual Designer





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.