The class discussed mainly the elements of good food photos. We talked a lot about composition, lighting, and styling, but not much about the technical aspects of shooting, as there were people there with all kinds of cameras, not just professional-level dSLRs. We focused on the artistic side of things. We had a really fun time critiquing food photos, going to a great Greek lunch, then watching (and photographing) Chef Becky Selengut cook and serve up six different dishes. The lighting in the store was not ideal (overhead, flat lighting, and there wasn't room for me to bring in lights) but we did great with the light we had. We also got to sample great foods that Chef Becky created for us, and sample wine in the store. It was a really fabulous time, and I hope to do it again very soon. Thanks to all who participated, particularly Becky Selengut, Heidi Kenyon, and Karen Rosenzweig.
Here are just a couple of photos I took. I didn't take a ton, since I was more focused on helping others. But here are a few.
Update: Here's a great post by one of the attendees, Paola.
Ricotta agnolotti (before and after) with chanterelles,
fried sage, and shaved pecorino
White bean and sardine salad w/ poached egg,
pickled onions, parmesan and croutons
Chef Becky Selengut in action
Oysters on the half shell with (melted) cucumber
sorbet and a candied jalepeno
Chanterelles on the stove and Carol taking some
shots of them
Attendees in action!
Squash soup with Amaretti croutons and browned butter
Wine and fruit/cheese
More attendees in action!
Provencal duck breast in beurre rouge with carmelized
fennel and candied orange