Capital Photography Center | Photography Classes in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia

Getting Started In Food Photography

Getting Started In Food Photography

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.

Bonnie Benwick of the Washington Post Food section will be joining Renee at the class as a special guest. Bonnie has been working at The Washington Post since 1989 and in the Food section since 2004. 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.

Topics covered:

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

Participants should bring their camera for the hands-on shooting session, tripods are optional. This portion of the class will help develop stronger skills for focus, camera angle, depth of field, lighting and more.

Participants should be familiar with their camera settings and with exposure controls such as ISO, Aperture and Shutter. We will not be able to introduce you to this material at this class. If not familiar with these topics, consider taking the DSLR Photography Basics class first.

Class limit: 12

What People Are Saying about Renee

“I thought the Food Photography class format of discussing examples in the slides followed by working hands-on around stations in small groups provided a very effective learning environment. The fact that Renee, Bonnie and Marie were so helpful and supportive was just icing on the cake.” 

Instructor: Renee Comet

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

Renee teaches the following class for Capital Photography Center:

* Getting Started In Food Photography

Date: December 08 2019

Time: 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM




2141 Wisconsin Ave, Washington, DC 20007

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Cancellation Policy:

  • A refund or a credit towards another class (less a $20 processing fee) can be given if cancellation notice is given more than 5 business days from the scheduled class.
  • If there is no cancellation notice, or it is given 5 business days or less, no refund or credit will be given.
  • Requests to reschedule a class will incur a $20 processing fee provided notice is given more than 5 business days prior to the class. If request to reschedule is given less than business 5 days prior to the class, no refund or credit will be given.
  • If Capital Photography Center cancels or postpones a class due to weather or low enrollment, you can choose a full refund or a credit towards a future class.