Tsue ~ That's What She Said: Creating A Portfolio ~ Lessons In Food Photography with Sony

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Creating A Portfolio ~ Lessons In Food Photography with Sony

This simple word truly sums up my thoughts and feelings regarding the experiences and growth I achieved in my recent food photography course.   While I fully anticipated I would gain skills and knowledge, I was unprepared for the depth of this experience, finding myself responding emotionally and with great passion about the work I produced.   As this course, Food Photography with Sony, through Social Fabric University, wraps up this week, I find creating this feature bittersweet.

The Journey
Beginning from virtually as unskilled as one could possibly be, with no real understanding of the capabilities or functions of my digital camera, my skill set could only improve.  From my challenged beginning point and working my way through comprehensive and well organized lessons in lighting, editing and staging and camera tech, I found my skills steadily improving and my results surprising.  Thrilled by my work at each stage of this course only to be astounded again the following week, this course has become more than a high point, rather a passion.  With each new photo shoot uncovering new abilities, ideas and creativity within me, this Mom is hooked!

Final Portfolio ~ Afternoon Picnic

afternoon picnic, watermelon, food photography, photography portfolio, mastering photography with Sony

Afternoon Picnic, Food Photography, Mastering Food Photography with Sony, Photography Portfolio

Cherry Pie, Afternoon Picnic, Food Photography, Mastering Food Photography with Sony, Photography Porftfolio

Sweet Corn, Afternoon Picnic, Food Photography, Mastering Food Photography with Sony, Photography Portfolio

Cherry Pie ala mode, Afternoon Picnic, Food Photography, Mastering Food Photography with Sony, Photography Portfolio

Exploring the work of professional food photographers, such as Michael Ray and Lou Manna, and with exposure to expert tips from both renown artists like Marc Matsumoto of NoRecipes.com, Robert Grant of LearnMyShot.com, as well as food bloggers, such as Lola of Vegan Yum Yum, finding inspiration to improve my skills was not one of the challenges in this course.  Open opportunity to communicate with skilled photographers, such as Tonia of The Gunny Sack and Rachel of Bubby Nature Creations to name just a few, provided me with ready resources of what works and the why behind it through each lesson.  Although my own personal style is yet a work in progress, with each shoot session, I am finding my own way.

Classmates With Passion
I was certainly not alone in this adventure, rather was honored to take part in this course along with a number of other photographers, from my own novice level to those who have fully developed photographic voices and talent.  Through a community of  passion, idea sharing, helpful critiques and exposure to a wide and varied range of photographic style, we each have come away from this course enriched.  As this course closes, I will truly miss the structure and readiness of exploring their work each week in this environment.  I am reassured, however, to know a similar passion for photography is within each one of them and I can enjoy their future work via their blog sites.

See what some of the other students came up with 

Food Photography Online Course with Social Fabric University

What is your level of photography expertise?  Novice, talented or 'I need help!'
Do you enjoy shooting photos of food or other subjects?
What do you think of my progress in food photography?
Tell me in a comment below, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

I was giving an opportunity to participate in this free photography course through my association with Social Fabric, a community of Collective Bias.  The opinions above are both honest and of my own experience.  Some images and information sourced from course and various sites related to Social Fabric.   Although my enthusiasm for this course is sincere, posts and badges related to SoFabU on my site are placed as part of the requirements of participating in the course.  #CBias  #SocialFabric


Crystal said...

You've done amazing! I wasn't kidding when I said I now want lessons from you ;)

Alicia said...

I'm still in love with your corn shots. They are so beautiful!

Andrea Kruse said...

My favorite is definitely the top wedges of watermelon! Loved it.

I had a great time seeing your photos each week. I am a little sad I won't have more photos to view this next week.

I started with no skills and a new camera, I also enjoyed the structure and how far we have all come.

Sharon Martin Beck Valley Books said...

Your photos are amazing, I love looking at them especially the melon, great work !

Pam said...

Your photos are awesome. To bad we don't live closer to each other. I would drag my stuff to your house and have you make the pictures. :)

Closer to Lucy said...

Amazing shots! I have to play with food pics until my batteries die...I'm trying to incorporate some of your tips, progress is slow but my last batch looked pretty good, not like yours but better for me.

Grace said...

They are all great but I love your pie photo!

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