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Food Photography: Capturing Food in Your Kitchen

With DIY Food Photography, you'll be taking better photos in no time with what you have in your own kitchen!
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  • Certificate of Completion

With DIY Food Photography, you'll be taking better photos of your food in just an hour.

Every lesson is hands on, and shows you how to use resources right in your home to create delicious, mouth-watering images. We'll walk you through the entire process, and we're available if you have any questions along the way.

Whether you're a food blogger, self-proclaimed master chef, or just an Instagram foodie, this course will give you the skills needed to take professional food photos.

Impress your family and friends with great photos of your food creations!

Steps to great food photography that you'll learn in this course:

  1. Pick the best location for your photos. 
  2. Prepare and style your food and setting.
  3. Light your food with inexpensive tools like a white sheet and $1 poster board. 
  4. Choose the best camera and settings.
  5. Compose 4 types of shots to get all the best angles.
  6. Edit your photos to make them look even more tantalizing!

Tell your food's story!

Our goal is to teach you how to take better photos of your food with any camera, wherever you are. After walking you through the basics, you'll see us shoot 5 different food and drink setups that will inspire you to take your own food photos.

Bonus: Everyone who enrolls gets a composition cheat-sheet that shows how to compose your shots.

Enroll now to get started! We can't wait to see you inside!

Will Carnahan & Phil Ebiner

Who is the target audience?
  • Food bloggers
  • Foodies - anyone that loves food
  • Home chefs - anyone that loves to make food
  • Photographers looking to learn how to shoot food photographs
  • This is NOT a course about fancy studio shoots. This is a DIY food photography course for anyone that wants to learn how to take better photos of their food at home.
What Will I Learn?
Take beautiful photographs of food in your home.
Compose a variety of mouth-watering food photographs that tell your food's story
Create a unique setting and style for your own food photography
Control natural light in your home to shoot better photographs
Edit your food photographs to make them look even better
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  • Students don't need any experience with photography or preparing food.
  • Students should have a smartphone or camera that they can use to practice shooting their own food photographs.
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 17 Lectures Collapse All 17 Lectures 01:00:25
Dive in to Food Photography
11 Lectures 42:36

Welcome to the DIY food photography course. In this video, Will introduces himself and what this course is all about. We're so excited to have you on board and can't wait to see your new photos!

Preview 01:21

Before you even think about snapping your photos, the first thing you need to do is choose the best location for your setup. In this lesson of the food photography course, Will gives you tips for choosing the best location in your house.

Preview 03:15

The next step in food photography is to prepare your food for being photographed. This includes setting up your food with a nice background, adding accents that relate to your main dish, and moving things around to look nicely.

Preview 05:38

When it comes to food photography, lighting is king. Lighting is very important for making your food look appetizing. But you don't need a fancy studio or expensive lights to get great lighting. We'll show you how to use what you have at home (or can buy for $1) to get great lighting.

Light Your Food

Before you get caught up on what camera model to use for your food photography, we'll show you how to take amazing photos of your food with just a smartphone camera. In this lesson of the food photography course, we'll also cover the benefits of using a more professional camera like a DSLR or mirrorless camera.

Camera Options: Smartphone vs. Fancy Camera

Here are the two photos, uploaded so that you can see and compare them better.

iPhone vs. Mirrorless Camera

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For people who have a DSLR, mirrorless, or other type of camera with manual settings, this lesson of the food photography course covers the basic settings we use for our own food photography.

Camera Settings (for people with cameras that can contro manual settings)

There are 4 main types of shots that you should get with every food setup. In this lesson of the food photography course, we'll cover the basics of all 4.

Compose Your Shots

Make your photos look even better by editing them. In this lesson of the food photography course, Phil walks you through editing your photos. Whether you're using Lightroom, Photoshop, your smartphone, or any other type of photo editing application, we'll cover crop, color, and exposure - the three main ways to improve your food photos.

Edit Your Photos

It's time to take action. Join in with other students in this course, and practice the skills you've learned by taking a photograph of your next meal.

Preview 00:27
Food Photography Demonstrations
5 Lectures 17:23

In this lesson of the food photography course, Will walks you through a live demonstration of setting up and shooting a food setup. In this video, we're photographing cereal.

Preview 03:47

In this lesson of the food photography course, Will walks you through a live demonstration of setting up and shooting a food setup. In this video, we're photographing morning coffee.

Practice: Morning Coffee

In this lesson of the food photography course, Will walks you through a live demonstration of setting up and shooting a food setup. In this video, we're photographing a key lime tart.

Practice: Key Lime Tart

In this lesson of the food photography course, Will walks you through a live demonstration of setting up and shooting a food setup. In this video, we're photographing tomato soup.

Practice: Tomato Soup

In this lesson of the food photography course, Will walks you through a live demonstration of setting up and shooting a food setup. In this video, we're photographing a beer.

Practice: Beer
1 Lecture 00:27

In this lesson of the food photography course, we just want to take a moment to say thank you for enrolling in this course. Cheers! Here's to your success!

Preview 00:27
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My passion is inspiring people through online courses. I love learning new skills, and since 2012 have been teaching people like you everything I know. Through my online learning business, Video School Online, I create courses that teach you how to become the better version of yourself with all kinds of skills.

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I've always tried to live life presently and to the fullest. Some of the things I love to do in my spare time include mountain biking, nerding out on personal finance, traveling to new places, watching sports (huge baseball fan here!), and sharing meals with friends and family. Most days you can find me spending quality time with my lovely wife and our cat.

In 2011, I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television Production at Loyola Marymount University - one of the top 10 film schools in the country. While there, I was fortunate to make documentaries in Switzerland, Germany, Mexico, and India. After graduating, I worked at Participant Media shooting and editing short-form documentaries for their website TakePart. I followed that stint with a contract at Stanbridge College where I discovered online learning. I helped pioneer their online school there. Most recently, I spent 2 years working at University of California Berkeley with the media team. Throughout this time I built my Video School Online brand to teach others the skills that I have. In May of 2015, I left the 9-5 world to make my own path. Since then, I've made more money, worked fewer hours, and only have done the things I love each day.

I want to show you how to be a better creator, make money from your creations, and live the life you dreamed of.

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Will Carnahan grew up in Southern California. After spending every hour he could in the darkroom at Highschool playing with film, Will went on to earn a B.A. from The University of California Riverside in Film and Visual culture. At UCR he became a staff photographer for the schools newspaper, covering sporting events, concerts, and local news. In late 2006 Will and his friend Ryan started a photography company focusing on weddings, events, and their love for photography.

In 2007 Will continued on to Loyola Marymount University, earning an M.F.A. in Film and Telivision Production. While still shooting headshots, weddings, and events on the side, he focused on Cinematography. The years between 2007-2010 were an exciting time for film makers as it saw the first heavy transition from emulsion to digital. Having a base education in film exposure and a practical education in digital media allowed Will to excel as a cinematographer while in grad school. He went on to earn LMUs Panavision Cinematography award in 2008 and 2010.

Graduating in 2010, Will started freelancing as a Cinematographer, camera operator, and photographer. With heavy expirence in 16mm and 35mm film will transitioned into 4k cinema and up using REDs, Arri systems, and other cameras to take on Hollywood. The first few years of freelance saw Will shooting Music videos, short films, 2nd unit features, commercials, and web content.

Late in 2011 Will got a job shooting a web commercial for Disney Interactive. Since then he has been shooting consistently for Disney, shooting commercials for the parks and resorts as well as Disney channel, ESPN, and the Muppets.

Will Call Cinematic was established in 2013 as Will and his business partner and friend built a Production company to accommodate their freelance work along with some notable corporate clients. Through Will Call Will and Sam direct and produce video content for companies like Ghirardelli Chocolate, Diesel films and Nike, Whitney Eve Clothing, PredPol, and many others. With Sam and Will being cinematographers, Will Call gives them a hub for equipment rentals, music video production, and photography.

Today Will continues to freelance as a cinematographer and photographer, shooting and directing mostly commercial content and weddings.

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