2017, February 12: Getting Started In Food Photography

This class is SOLD OUT!  Please see the June 11 date.

UPDATE: Bonnie Benwick of the Washington Post Food section will be joining Renee at the class as a special guest instructor.

Bonnie came to The Washington Post in 1989 and after working in Style, Sports, the Metro Weeklies, and Outlook, in 2004 she moved to the Food section, where she always wanted to be. She writes the weekly Dinner in Minutes column, cookbook reviews, manages recipes and photo shoots and has edited "The Washington Post Cookbook: Readers' Favorite Recipes" (Time Capsule Press, 2013). 

Bonnie  has a wealth of knowledge and is looking forward to sharing her insights and tips for food styling at the class.

Join us at Renee Comet’s professional studio as she offers her tips and techniques for getting started in food photography.

Renee will share her creative process in an image rich presentation and will discuss the technical details, equipment basics and creative aspects to consider to help you develop your own vision.

Learn from the pro as she discusses and demonstrates building a shot from the very beginning using available light (like we might have in our own kitchens), as well as using a basic studio light set up.

Topics covered:

  • Camera settings & lenses
  • Exposure settings
  • Depth of field and focus choice
  • Lighting including available light vs studio light
  • Composition and camera angle
  • Building the shot
  • Effective use of props
  • Basic food styling tips
  • Recommended gear
  • And more

The class will participate in building a food shot layer by layer and will have the opportunity to prop style, food style, art direct and see how a team creates a photo.

Participants should be familiar with photography basics and manual exposure controls such as ISO, Aperture and Shutter. No need to bring any gear, just something to take notes with.

Class limit: 12

Instructor: Renee Comet

Renee Comet is a noted advertising photographer specializing in food photography. Whatever the subject, her visual treatment can best be described as uncomplicated, fluid, and elegant.

Ms.Comet’s contemporary photographic style mixed with sensual lighting creates strong graphic images. Her work features unique dishes, minimalist propping, and a surprising use of backgrounds to enrich the photo. The result is a pleasing, organic image with incredible texture, depth and grace.

Her distinctive work has appeared in advertising, packaging, and cookbooks.  Some of her clients include: Glutino, Marriott International, Australian Lamb, California Almond Board, Ritz- Carlton, King Arthur Flour, US Postal Service, USDA, and American Diabetes Association.

View her website www.cometphoto.com

Renee teaches the following class for Capital Photography Center:

  • Getting Started In Food Photography