How does a long Nordic summer weekend in Helsinki sound? Helsinki, a sea-town par excellence and an exciting, dynamic place is a stylish city as it dares to be different. The Design Capital 2012 will be the latest venue for the next Food Photography and Styling workshop and I am thrilled to invite you to join us for a magnificent weekend in Finland's stunning capital!
Once again I am collaborating with my dear friend Simone Van den Berg of Simone's Kitchen, whom I instructed alongside last September in Amsterdam, and the lovely Mari Moilanen of Finland's very popular blog Jotain maukasta. Mari was one of the participants of the Amsterdam workshop and it did not take long for us to put our heads together to plan this workshop.
We have put together a spectacular programme for our participants, where we hope the city's pulsating creativity will inspire us to create innovative works.
We will stimulate your skills with exercises covering the basic and advanced techniques of food styling and photography as well as hands-on intensive assignments, individual guidance and critique from the instructors. Furthermore, the main focus of this workshop will be on light: we will not only be spending a day in the park, in the soft and unique Nordic summer light learning how to harness natural light but we will also intensively cover aspects of artificial lighting using different types of lighting systems in one of Helsinki's hip wine cellar's.
We will work intensively together on honing your food styling and photography skills, with presentations, exercises and assignments, which we will guide and aid you to develop every step of the way.
There will be regional Finnish meals and spectacular Finnish wines to indulge in and a relaxing picnic in the park under the Nordic sun to contemplate and get to know each other.
I hope I have tempted you to join us this June for a fun-filled and intensive 2-day photography and styling workshop in Helsinki, Finland.
Here are the details of what the course covers, the costs and where you can register.
Day one - Saturday 7th June 2014
Brunch & Introductions
A delicious brunch, the Finish way, featuring some regional Finnish specialties
prepared by Mari Moilanen
Photography Fundamentals by Simone van den Berg
Mastering the camera & learning the basics (shutter speed, aperture, ISO & co.)
Photography Techniques and Natural Light Photography
by Meeta Wolff
Natural light techniques, getting a sharp focus, color & texture
Styling Fundamentals by Meeta Wolff
Composition and placement, creating a mood/atmosphere, the right props, color, texture etc.
Artificial Light Photography by Simone van den Berg
Artificial Light Exercises
Hands-on exercises uses different artificial light systems
Dinner at a local Finnish Restaurant
Day two - Sunday 8th June 2014
Enlighten with Lightroom by Simone van den Berg
Workflow, post-processing, watermarking, tagging
Field trip to park
Focus on Natural light photography
This includes intensive work on styling and setting up, preparing the shot and taking pictures in natural lighting; as well as time to gather images for your main photography assignment
Styling demo with Meeta & Simone
Free-style Photography/Styling Exercises
Short exercises to warm you up
Lunch - a Picnic in the Park prepared by Mari Moilanen
Intensive group work on main photography assignment
Evaluation, discussion & critique on assignment
Constructive feedback, discussion and critique on exercises
Finale Aperitif & Farewell
Workshop dates: June 7th to 8th, 2014
Further details for the workshop:
2 day food styling and photography sessions with Simone and Meeta
1 night accommodation (Saturday 7th - Sunday 8th June) including breakfast in the heart of Helsinki
Saturday: Meet & Greet Brunch, Dinner at a local restaurant
Sunday: Field trip to park, picnic Lunch, Aperitifs
Beverages during the workshop
Does NOT include:
Travel costs to Helsinki and venue, travel insurance
Register for this workshop: please fill out the registration form
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 & host speak English, German, Dutch and Finnish) 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 instructions. To secure your spot on this workshop we request that full payment be made upon registration.
Simone van den Berg
Simone is a freelance food photographer and foodblogger at Simone's Kitchen (http://simoneskitchen.nl/en/) She has recently written a book on food photography (in Dutch) and works internationally for restaurants, catering companies, publishers and brands. She has been giving workshops in the Netherlands for 5 years, starting with a course specifically on shooting cakes but since two years she has a monthly recurring workshop on food photography and styling together with stylist Alexandra Schijf. (http://alexstyling.nl) Her portfolio can be found at Fresh Food Photos (http://freshfoodphotos.com)
In 2013 her blog was nominated as the best blog in Finland. Jotain maukasta can also be found at a Finnish tabloid Iltalehti (www.iltalehti.fi/blogit/moilanen)
Mari runs her own company Rock your Blog (www.rockyourblog.fi) which arranges trainings and workshop for bloggers in Finland. She also works with brands and companies providing innovative recipes and food photos.
Her portfolio can be found here. (http://www.jotainmaukasta.fi/yrityksille/portfolio-ruokia-ja-raaka-aineita/)
Hope we have tempted you and looking forward to seeing you in Helsinki this June!
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