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The Basics of Food Photography

Learn the best techniques to capture beautiful photos of food with Brenda De Los Santos. In this class, you will learn how to work with the most flattering light, arrange your subject and to tell a story with your food photos.

We will focus both on aesthetic and technical photography principles, including composition, color theory, lighting, and equipment. Special attention will be paid to food prep, from ingredient selection to styling to help keep your food looking fresh and authentic in your images.

Brenda will also cover photo equipment needed, including tripods, lenses and lighting. Techniques such as macro photography, focus stacking and live view shooting will be discussed.

By the end of the class, you will be able to:

  • Select and prep the best ingredients, recipes, and dishes for your photos.
  • Style your scenes with props that help elevate your images.
  • Determine the best techniques and equipment to use.

This class will include both live demo and lecture components.


Your Instructor


Brenda De Los Santos
Brenda De Los Santos

Brenda De Los Santos is owner of Brenda De Los Santos Photography, a portrait and wedding studio in Southeastern Connecticut.

A lifelong creative soul, Brenda has been making things with her own two hands as long as she can remember through drawing, painting and other creative endeavors. As a young adult, she fell in love with photography after signing up for a photojournalism class on a whim while studying at Boston University. She quickly knew she was hooked to telling stories through photos, declared it as her major and graduated with a degree in photojournalism.

After working on staff at daily newspapers for several years, Brenda took her photography in a different direction and pursued her portrait and event photography business in 2009. With over 15 years of experience, Brenda is well-versed in many different genres of photography, and has taught photography through local museums and other venues since 2010. In her personal photography work, Brenda focuses on travel, lifestyle and food photography.

Brenda also believes in giving back, and is a volunteer with Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep and also puts together a Help-Portrait event each year.


Course Curriculum


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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