When I invited Jeanne Horak-Druiff last year to guest instruct at the London Food Photography and Styling Workshop not only did we complement each other extremely well, but with her expertise knowledge in restaurant photography, Jeanne was able to provide a special focus into an aspect of food photography often requested by my readers and workshop attendees. So, it will not come as a surprise that we have teamed up again for what we hope will be an exciting and educational workshop experience.
When planning my workshop schedule for this year the opportunity to work together came up again and I was thrilled that we we were going to be joining forces again. In terms of workshops, Jeanne and I have been working together since 2011 as part of the Plate to Page team together with Ilva and Jamie, so we know how the other ticks. While Plate to Page takes a short hiatus this year, allowing us to pursue other assignments and realize further plans individually, we are also able to persevere various projects together.
I am excited to present my first Food Photography and Styling workshop in 2014. Jeanne and I would like to invite you to to Venice, Italy for a sensational 2-day food photography and styling workshop. We would like to take you away to the delightful prosecco region of Valdobbiadene just outside of Venice. This picturesque town situated just below the Alpine areas of Veneto with its tranquil surroundings and rolling hills will provide ample space for creative reflection and lots of intensive work. The fantastic and courteous team at Hotel Diana will be hosting our team Venice during our trip. Strategically located in the center of Valdobbiadene, Hotel Diana not only allows us to plan our outings for the field trips easily but with its modern and fully equipped meeting rooms it provides the perfect environment for our in-house sessions.
We have put together, what we hope will be an active, creative and fun workshop, where you will learn all the fundamental elements you need to hone your skills in food photography. You will also be learning how to find your way through the jungle of food styling to create the perfect set-up. Furthermore we will be putting the focus not only on natural lighting but also working extensively with low-lighting conditions specifically required for restaurant photography.
We also plan to spoil you with delicious traditional Italian food with on-location shoots at a local osteria and a unique vineyard and winery tour including a tutored tasting at the stunning Nino Franco estate, where we will spend the day working intensively on our assignments. There will be many practical assignments, a lot of theory and plenty of creative sessions.
We hope to sensitize your imagination and tickle your skills so you are equipped with the know-how to create beautiful images for your blog posts, articles or your own personal masterpiece.
Are you ready for Spring in Venice? If you are keen to join Jeanne and me, here are the details of what the course covers, the costs and where you can register.
Check-in - Thursday 1st May 2014
Day one - Friday 2nd May 2014
Breakfast & Introductions
Photography Fundamentals by Jeanne
Mastering the camera & learning the basics (shutter speed, aperture, ISO & co.)
Meet & Greet Brunch
A rustic brunch, the Italian way, featuring some Venetian specialities
Photography Techniques by Meeta
Natural light techniques, getting a sharp focus, color & texture
Styling Fundamentals by Meeta
Composition and placement, creating a mood/atmosphere, the right props, color, texture etc.
Styling demo with Meeta
Free-style Photography/Styling Exercises
Short exercises to warm you up
Restaurant photography by Jeanne
Pushing Photoshop by Jeanne
Post-processing your low-light images
Osteria - on location photo shoot
Practise taking shots in a restaurant atmosphere and in low light conditions.
Dinner at a typical local Osteria
Day two - Saturday 3rd May 2014
Enlightening yourself with Lightroom by Meeta
Workflow, post-processing, watermarking, tagging
Field trip - Nino Franco Prosecco estate
This includes a vineyard and winery tour, and a tutored prosecco tasting; as well as time to gather images for your main photography assignment
Lunch at the Nino Franco Prosecco estate
Intensive group work on main photography assignment
Evaluation, discussion & critique on assignment
Constructive feedback, discussion and critique on exercises
Finale Aperitivi & Farewell
Further details for the announcement:
Ticket price: EURO 770.00
2 day food styling and photography sessions with Meeta and Jeanne
2 nights accommodation (Thursday 1st to Saturday 3rd May) including breakfast
Friday: Meet & Greet Brunch, Dinner at a local Osteria
Saturday: Field trip transportation, winery/vineyard tour and tutored tasting
Fruit and beverages during the workshop
Does NOT include:
Travel costs to venue
To register for this workshop please fill out the registration form here.
Payment: Full payment upon registration, no refunds
Please note: The workshop is limited to only 12 participants and works on a first-come-first-serve basis. Presentations and main workshop language will be in English (instructors speak English and German) and is aimed towards beginners, novice and advanced level participants.
The instructors reserve the right to modify the programme should the need arise.
Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours of registrations containing further details and further instructions.
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