Food Photography


7 hours




City Campus



Next Intake

To be determined


Learn how to capture those perfect food moments! Learn camera techniques such as birds eye, front on and macro, to lighting tricks, choosing the correct lenses, camera settings, and editing techniques for your food photos. You will practice different styles including rustic and contemporary looks, focussing on the photography techniques that get the best results. This course commences in the studio before you can use real dishes ‘on location at The Lincoln Hotel, Carlton.

Course content

The course will be held on location at The Lincoln Hotel, as well as in a mac computer lab.

You will learn:

  • The context of food photography within the food and photographic industries
  • What really happens behind the scenes
  • Basic presentation and preparation skills for a shoot
  • Photography kit for food – best equipment; Cameras and lenses – how to use them
  • Props on a budget • Planning a mood board/shoot; Basic styling and presentation
  • Photography practice – The Lincoln Hotel
  • Editing food shoots; Presentation of final images to a client


There are currently no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us or join our mailing list to express your interest in this course.

How to enrol

More details


This introductory course is suitable for a wide range of photography skill levels from basic through to intermediate. However, you do need to have good working knowledge of the functions of your DSLR camera, or have completed Introduction to Photography — Level 1, or similar.

Materials supplied

Materials required for the course will be provided. All relevant course notes are supplied with comprehensive instructions and exercises.

Materials to bring

  • Pen, paper and/or laptop for note taking.
  • DSLR camera
  • Tripod (preferably)
  • A USB flash drive for transferring and storing files.

There is a computer lab, however, if you BYO laptop it should have Adobe Bridge and Adobe Photoshop.

Suited to

  • Food industry professionals, food lovers, bloggers, photographers, stylists.
  • It would be suited to anyone who would like to:
    • Publish photos for a restaurant/café website
    • Publish their own cook book
    • Create their own professional portfolio
    • Publish on a food blog or social media outlet
    • Explore a unique photography specialisation
    • Gain insight into the food photography industry
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Facilitator: Sammy Green

Sammy Green specialises in food and product content for websites, social media and menus and cookbooks. Many of her features contain the food and the interiors/exteriors of the building. There is more life coming into these shots as well; chefs cooking, or waiters serving. There's many ways to play with "food".

Sammy enjoys working closely with chefs, owners and many restaurants and cafes to achieve the outcome they desire. 


This course will give participants the basics in photographing food as well as useful editing techniques and great skills that can be used for everyday use at home and for online or publication applications such as cookbooks. Please note: the focus of this course is on the role of photographer and not the styling.

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