A couple weeks ago, I attended the Tasty Food Photography workshop taught by Lindsay from Pinch of Yum. I’m sure you all know who Lindsay is or, at the very least, have stumbled upon her wildly popular food blog and stunning food photography. She is a full-time blogger who quit her job as an elementary school teacher to build Pinch of Yum into a thriving online space. Her love for teaching is echoed in the way she writes her food blog and how she graciously offers her blogging and photography knowledge to her readers. Her story is completely inspiring and when I heard she was teaching photography workshops in her new super fabulous studio, I jumped at the opportunity to be apart of the fun.
Photography is where I’ve always struggled. I taught myself how to use a DSLR camera 4 years ago with the help from a few books, lots of practice, and advice from friends who had experience. It’s certainly not easy; I’m sure you get it! In fact, it’s the most challenging part of this job.
But that’s why I love it. There is always something new to learn.
I love this pic! ↓
Who knew shooting… radishes… was so fun?
Lindsay taught us about finding our unique style and translating that into our brand. This certainly isn’t a workshop just for food bloggers. Really, for any photographer looking for inspiration and to find his/her own style!
We learned about building and strengthening a brand message, telling a story with our photos, building a scene, intentional styling, overall composition, and adding texture to our shots. I definitely need to invest in a few more interesting props!
There was plenty of practice time for us to have a little hands-on experience. I really valued this time because we could style our own shots using all of Lindsay’s props, photography backdrops, and beautiful food that Lindsay and her team had for us. That we also dug into. I never really eat muesli for breakfast but MAN that stuff is good!
I focused on practicing where I struggle most. Overhead shots, negative space, using my macro lens to really get all the detail, and backlighting. I loooove how backlit shots look, but have trouble with the lighting in my house. Lindsay taught us how to work with the light we have. Feeling more confident now!
We also spent time learning different techniques and tricks in post processing. I mainly use Lightroom to edit my photos. (Again, completely self taught on that as well!) Lindsay taught us a ton editing, storing, and uploading tricks I didn’t even know were possible. A billion lightbulbs were going off in my head followed by even more “aha” moments.
I feel inspired, rejuvenated, focused, energized, and more confident behind the camera. Also indefinitely grateful that I got to meet and be inspired by so many talented photographers! I love learning more about what I do every day; that’s one of the best parts of this job. There is ALWAYS more to learn, whether that is learning in the kitchen, behind the camera, editing the photography, and writing engaging content. That’s why I love spending time with fellow bloggers, bakers, cooks, writers, and photographers in real life. They’re like coworkers; we can bounce new ideas off of each other, learn, inspire, teach, and connect.
If you’re interested in attending a Tasty Food Photography workshop this summer, I have a discount for you!! Here is where to register. If you enter the code “sally” you get $25 off your ticket price. 🙂
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