About a week and a half ago we worked alongside one of our photo clubs UTS Photography Society to help host a 101 Food Photography Workshop for Uni students. The workshop was led by professional food photographer Aidan De La Paz, who personally has been around the country shooting photos for restaurants/bars.
We brought a lot of equipment + food
Alongside Aidan, we had Catherine Chen and Damian Zhu who are hobbyist bakers, bring us a variety of homemade cakes (which were super tasty) and some really nice plates. They bought boxes of amazing cakes that some unfortunately melted along the way.
We brought along multiple Profoto flashes including the B1X, A1 and of course AirTTL triggers. We had mounted a RFI Softbox 2×3 foot, Deep medium translucent umbrella and just your standard dome diffusors for your A1. Lastly Aidan bought a large array of props such as frozen raspberries and 30KG of floorboards….which were not easy to transport.
Lets get shooting
After Aidan spoke for an hour it was time to whip out the camera and fire some amazing shots. We set up 5 stations, with each of those with one light and some kind of modifier. Each station had props, cakes and it was up to the shooters to style the shot. Everyone got creative, super involved and we were super impressed at what these guys were producing for their first time.
The results were fantastic, in fact we had Aidan, Catherine and Damian to judge the photos at the end and they were blown away. Especially from a guy by the name of James MacLeannan who produced some amazing shots which reflected a traditional Japanese-esque style. Have a look at his results below:
Then we ate!
The best part of the workshop was definitely at the end where we devoured the amazing cakes. If you want to attend food photography workshops in the future make sure to subscribe to our blog, e-newsletter and follow our Facebook page.
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