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Feb 10, 2012 10:42 AM

Food Photography Class in NY

Does anyone know of a good food photography class in NY that isn't prohibitively expensive?

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  1. Looks like ICE has a class. It's $495 for 3 6-hour workshops.

    Institute of Culinary Education
    50 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

    1. I know a guy who is a professional photographer and when i mentioned about taking photography class, he said, why waste money? Just take a lot of pictures and practice, play with the least one of those pictures gotta be good. You never see a photographer who takes 5 pictures for 5 picture album. They take hundreds for that one good picture.
      This may not be a kind of answer you are looking for but just adding some thoughts.

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      1. re: Monica

        The biggest trick to taking good food photographs? Get a camera with really good low light performance.

        The 2nd biggest trick? Learn how to set your camera's custom white balance. I've had 2 Canon's and setting the white balance takes 5 seconds. If you don't use that all your pictures will look like they were shot through a yellow filter.

        1. re: Monica

          I'd like to learn the basics so I can understand why I like certain pictures more than others. Also, understanding the concepts should allow me to recreate pictures I like and not waste time.

          1. re: Monica

            All well and good, but part of food photography is styling the food as well.

          2. Ask local photographers if you can assist with a shoot.
            Many will like the free labor,
            My have to run to get a coffee or two
            I interned for a commercial photapher as a teen,
            Back when they had film and darkrooms
            Most of the trickery is using fake foods,
            Plastic cubes for ice,
            Spray bottle of some liquid to coat the stuf,
            Ntural food doesn't look good on film,
            Sure today's photographers use digital pics and cropping, but practice is the same
            Food does not sit well while setting up for the shoot,

            1. I would recommend taking a basic photography class to start to learn the basics. I loved the class I took at manhattan photography.

              Also, if you are serious about this I would get a DSLR camera. A point and shoot food photography class would be a waste of time.

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              1. re: llorberb

                I have taken many great food shots in restaurants with my various Canon cameras, the bigger the camera ,it seemed the better the shot. But even my cell phone takes decent pictures. As another poster said, take a lot of shots and you should get good at it. A friend of mine who is a professional still life photographer,when doing food shots for advertisements would treat the food with various, inedible/toxid coatings to make the food look better for the ad.
                As far a a course in this, perhaps a point and shoot class would be somewhat of a waste of time. So get a camera with manual settings or an SLR camera and take the course. A course might show you how to use lighting and flash, and get good composition in your shots. But in my opinion any photography course is fun and stimulates creativity. So my advice is take a photography course of any kind and get a good camera. Enjoy the food you take pictures of and remember the food when looking at the photos.

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