Learn everything you ever wanted to know about food photography


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Curated food photography, styling + editing guides

“Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world.”


We live in an increasingly visual world, where images have replaced words as a quicker, more effective means to communicate and get a message across.

This means that it’s increasingly important to have beautifully styled and captured food images, which stand out in social media feeds, blogs and printed media. Images that are eye-catching, that tell a story and that create a connection with the viewer.

This is exactly what the Food Photography + Styling Guides will help you to achieve.

Through a series of easy to follow and understand guides you will learn the basic principals of photography, styling and editing to take your images to that next level. The Guides are delivered in a series of manageable modules which allow you to learn at your own pace, and are comprised of a series of text, images, diagrams and videos to help you best understand each concept.

Got a question?

What equipment do I need?

At a minimum, you will need a DSLR camera and lens. The Guides will talk through other equipment you might wish to purchase if and when you feel ready too, with budget-friendly and DIY options included as well.

If you choose to purchase the editing guides, you will also need Adobe Lightroom.

Can I get feedback on the photos I've taken?

Feedback is currently available via the private Facebook group, however personal one-on-one feedback for individual photos is not currently available yet – this is coming though!

Are there any guides on artificial lighting?

At this stage, there is no guide on artificial lighting.

I personally prefer to shoot exclusively in natural lighting and prefer this look… Further to this, the guides are primarily aimed at entry-level photographers and therefore most of the guides are set up so that you don’t need to buy any expensive additional equipment, which includes any lighting.

I have no photography experience, are the Guides for me?

Yes! The Guides are aimed at novices with little-to-no prior training or knowledge of food photography or styling. The first module walks through the basics of what you need to know to get started, before introducing you to key photography and styling techniques, with photos and videos used to clearly demonstrate throughout.

Is it worth purchasing if I only have an iPhone?

Maybe. While some of the content is relevant to general photography and styling, there are three guides focused solely on how to use manual settings on a DSRL, and how to get certain “looks” using these settings, which simply can’t be reproduced using a smartphone.

That said, there is a lot of content in the Guides which can be applied regardless of your camera, including most of the Styling guides, as well as some of the general photography guides. If you are thinking of upgrading to a DSLR soon, then you will definitely find value in the Guides, and there is also a DSLR buying guide in the Equipment guide which outlines the main camera features which are beneficial for food photoraphy.

How long does it take to complete each module?
The time it takes to complete the modules varies depending on the person and the module…  I would recommend spending around 3 – 5 hours (minimum) per module, which includes reading the guides, watching the videos, doing all of the exercises, and participating in the Facebook group discussions. The first module you will probably get through the quickest, whereas the later ones which have more techniques and exercises might take a little longer.
As with most things, you will get out what you put in, so the more time you can spend doing the exercises and practising the techniques in each guide, the better 🙂

Got another question that wasn’t covered off above? Feel free to drop me a line dearna (at) foodphotographyguides.com with any extra questions.

The Food Photography + Styling Guides were created by Dearna Bond, in response to the lack of specific food photography and styling information available online.

Dearna has spent years learning, practising and improving her own food photography and styling and has had her work featured in numerous online and print publications.

She now photographs commercially and also teaches Food Photography and Styling workshops from her home in Tasmania, Australia. You can learn more about Dearna and view more of her images via her food blog To Her Core.

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