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The FUNdamentals of Food Photography

The FUNdamentals of Food Photography

This class is also offered on March 11th.

Have fun with your food! Join Laura Chase de Formigny and be prepared to learn from a pro as she shares her tips and tricks for getting started in food photography.

LC will share her creative process in an inspiring and image rich presentation and discuss the technical details, equipment basics and creative aspects to consider to help build your food photography portfolio and develop your own style and vision.  She'll also discuss and demonstrate how to build a shot from the very beginning using available light (like what we might have at home in our own kitchens), as well as using a using a basic studio light set up.

Following the presentation, students will break into small groups and practice photographing food in different lighting conditions with her creative expertise and guidance to help along the way.

Topics covered:

  • Camera settings & lenses that are best for food photography
  • Exposure settings
  • Depth of field and focus choice
  • Lighting including available light vs studio light
  • Composition and camera angles 
  • Building the shot
  • Effective use of props
  • Basic food styling tips
  • Recommended gear
  • Industry resources
  • And more

Bonus image review section at the end of class! Each student is invited to share up to 4 images to be gently critiqued by LC.

Students should bring their cameras and a macro lens (if available), otherwise a normal lens in the range of 24-70mm. Also bring a laptop in order to download and choose your favorite for sharing.  Students should be familiar with photography basics and manual exposure controls such as ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. We will not have time to introduce you to these at the class. 

COVID Safety Practices: Masks are optional.

Questions can be directed to Marie Joabar at

Class Limit: 8-10

Instructor: Laura Chase de Formigny

Laura Chase de Formigny

Laura Chase de Formigny is a DC based editorial and commercial food photographer with a passion for capturing the place where food, life, and story telling combine. With a background in photojournalism and time spent working as a staff photographer at the Annapolis Capital Gazette, it’s no surprise that she’s sought after for her strong editorial eye by regional restaurants, chefs, and clients like The Washington Post, AARP, NPR, Smithsonian Institute, Science Magazine, and the Michelin Guide.

When she’s not shooting an assignment or creating food libraries for her restaurant clients, you can find her expanding her commercial portfolio - most recently providing the photography for National Geographic’s Attainable Sustainable. Laura Chase has a B.A. in Studio Art from UNC Chapel Hill. After living and working in places like Charlotte, Chattanooga, Baltimore, and Belgium, she’s happy to call Silver Spring, Maryland home and enjoys spending family time with her husband, adorable son, Henry and baby, Frances!

Laura Chase proudly serves on the American Photographic Artists National Executive Board. She is supported by Philly Reps, Found Artists, and Wonderful Machine. In addition, she is an active member of Les Dames d'Escoffier International.

More about Laura Chase can be found on her webite, 

Date: January 29 2023

Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM




1616 H St, NW. Washington DC 20006

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Class 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.
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