It was Mr. Chadwick, my English literature teacher who changed my entire perspective of how I viewed the world. I was 14 and his teachings animated and inspired me on so many levels. I looked forward to each class, eagerly awaiting to discover the aesthetics of classic books, poignant prose and exploring the plots of the stories. One day it was a fabliau, then it was a Shakespearian sonnet, or the next a tragic love story, whatever topic we were currently analyzing Mr. Chadwick kept us all focused throughout his lessons.
I admired his teaching style and dedication. I cannot help but smile to myself as I recall how he encouraged me to write, to voice my opinion eloquently, to share my knowledge freely and carve a niche for me. He told me that perseverance, drive and my seemingly endless energy will bring many opportunities my way. He guided firmly but was never pushy or overbearing. All these years later I wonder what Mr. Chadwick would say to me if he were to meet me.
I’ve followed his advice and over the years I have walked through many different doors as they opened up to me. I did not always know what to expect and often one door lead to another but I took the opportunities weighing out the pros and cons. This blog, the food photography and styling jobs and projects, my workshops and now I stand in front of a new door.
Early this year David Bathgate contacted me and in a few sentences asked me if I would be interested in joining his team of instructors at The Compelling Image (TCI) an interactive school of photography. I was stoked! I was baffled! And I was nervous as hell after I saw the list of extremely talented and professionals photographers that make the team at TCI. I really wanted to do this. My workshops have shown me how much I really enjoy teaching and sharing my knowledge and this was the perfect opportunity. Mr. Chadwick’s voice kept echoing in my head. But I hesitated.
Life happened and with my skiing accident came a lot of issues and with the situation at work came a lot of turbulence. I’ve started to clear the clutter, am getting rid of the turbulence and am healing well. I am making a change in my life. Something I will save for another post. But setting a basis for this change was the decision to take David up on his offer. Once I committed I could hardly believe it.
David has been a massive support, patient and supportive. Since my return from Thailand I have been working hard putting the curriculum together and as I see it all come together not only the excitement but also the nervousness is rising. I am stoked to be a TCI instructor amongst all these talented photographers.
Over the course of the years that I’ve been giving my workshops, I have received several emails and comments from readers of this blog or people who would have liked to participate in my workshops but often there was a big travelling distance to cover and for many it was not possible. Especially many of my readers and friends in the US have voiced their desire for me to give a few workshops in the US.
This one’s for all of you across the borders and who have found it hard to attend my workshops! This is the alternative you've been waiting for. Comprehensive online courses for all those of you who are keen to enhance your food photography skills.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Food Photography and Styling Online Courses
I am thrilled to offer comprehensive online Food Photography and Styling courses over at the interactive school of photography and multimedia The Compelling Image (TCI). These courses are aimed primarily at food bloggers and photographers who would like to enhance and hone their food photography and styling skills.
A picture is worth a thousand words and whether your ultimate desire is to make a career of food photography/styling or you want to take a good food shot for your blog or article or simply master a challenging new subject for your photography portfolio, it is crucial to learn and practice the various elements and topics required to take great images that grab viewer’s attention and holds it. When you can take control of all the photographic and styling elements to produce a good shot, you will find just how rewarding it can be.
I have put together an extensive curriculum based on my experiences from the workshops I give and the lessons cover basic and advanced food photography and styling. Each lesson has an assignment which is challenging and very hands-on. I have included several comprehensive exercises within the assignment to practice the different techniques, aspects and topics. We will have a lot of fun, creating different scenes, discussing colors, textures and light, playing around with props and so much more. Here is a look at what’s in store:
- Photography fundamentals for food photography
- Harnessing natural light for food images
- Get the look: color and texture
- Setup, styling and perfect point of focus
- Angles, placement and composition
- Props and go for it!
I won’t lie … the lessons are challenging, but they will help you think out of the box, inspire you and give you confidence to find your style. I will be there each step of the way to guide you and advice you as you work your way through the lessons. My aim is to help you find your style, to feel comfortable behind the camera and understand the aspects to create a beautiful scene for your food photography. I hope to help you change your perspective on food photography, take away your frustrations and give you more confidence.
Knowing the basic photographic and styling principles allows you access to a plethora of knowledge to create beautiful images - and that's exactly what my aim is in this fun and mouth-watering 4-week course!
Registrations have already started and the the first enrolments are rolling in. There are five 4-week courses to select from for 2013. The next session of this course starts on 16 September 2013 - there are also other sessions to choose from to ensure you find the course that is most convenient for you.
Very much looking forward to seeing you in class soon!
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