When I heard about a workshop being offered in Bangalore, I immediately booked my tickets and Finally! I attended The Food Photography Workshop at Design Cafe In Bangalore conducted by an ace Food Photographer Ambica Selvam. She is a fantastic food styler, photographer and blogger. All of this was reflected in her teachings and structure of the workshop which I liked. It reinforced the idea that personal style is a way of expressing the food story. Its just like do what you feel is right and what pleases your eyes and heart. I loved the idea of “know the rules and break them”.
Why this workshop for me ?
Photography is something that I always want to learn, but the technical stuff of it has always made me take a back seat when it comes about understanding my camera !! So When I started blogging I thought all I had to do was take a few quick snaps of my food and that was enough. The recipes were tested and good so surely no one would mind if the photos weren’t great? Hmmm, yes well, actually they do. Or rather, the problem is that it’s tricky convincing anyone that the recipe is good, unless the photos convey that too.
Styling and photography place a key role in food blogging and this is something which I needed to improve upon and this workshop was the best way to start learning more about the camera and food photography.
About the Workshop :
She started the day with a round of introductions, so we could learn the background and goals of everyone. Then Ambica did a presentation about food photography, talked about camera settings and light and how to play around with backdrop and props when shooting food.She also gave us some insight on her job, where she finds the right props, how she puts them together in a shot and how she works with all the elements to achieve a good composition.
One of the key things she was keen to impress upon us was the importance of using natural light.
To illustrate how she do it, Ambica then went on to show us how she would set up a simple scene involving lemons, star anise and cinnamon.. Rather than throwing them on a table and snapping away, Ambica took care to choose an appropriate background: blueish to make the colors pop, arranged the elements carefully .She took few photographs as she went to see how it looked on camera – by taking photos and checking them, she was able to make sure that the finished photo would look as good as possible.
After a short break, we were let loose in Design Cafe to style and photograph to our hearts content. It was so much fun to play in this amazing cafe full of beautiful backgrounds, cutlery and interesting props and of course the Hero – Food. Just next to the workshop they had a Farmers Market so some of the food specially the breads are from there and I must the they were just perfect to shoot.
The session closed with a Q&A and a chance, in particular, to ask questions about anything and everything:) she has done some amazing work on food styling and photography and owns the beautiful blog lingering after taste (not surprising, given how beautiful her images are), so her tips were really valuable.
It was a wonderful, creative day learning all about how to improve my food photography and styling with Ambica.
One of the really amazing things about this workshop was being surrounded by so many people who are just like me. All of a sudden it wasn’t weird to see other people working in the way I work at home in order to take photos of food. Here I was surrounded by people who similarly geeked out about lighting, color, texture and how to make food as beautiful as possible.
Now I am eager to get back to creating some new posts and to get back to the projects that have been in the back of my mind. I want to make those red velvet cupcakes again , find some pretty props that I love, work on my backdrops, but most importantly, remember to COOK , CLICK and Eat 🙂
Here are a few raw photos (only watermark is added) I took in learning session….The images are taken from my Nikon Coolpix P530.
Hope to come up with some amazing shots soon 🙂
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