When I commenced blogging about two years ago, I didn’t reckon if I just cook and write a recipe is not enough but even I need take impressive photos.
I was looking at beautiful pics for a long time and I thought I could never ever made something like these. My husband bought a better camera for me, and some lovely equipment as well, but I have never been satisfied with my results. And I really wanted to get improved so I had to make steps further and find a workshop where I can learn as much as possible.
Meeta, at What’s for lunch Honey
is a talented food photographer, who often organizes food photo and styling workshops. Last year I planned to attend Sommerset, but my boys were too young to leave them with Daddy for 3 days….. By this year they have grown so quickly that I was confident they will enjoy 2 days just with Daddy and Grandpa….
Probably they would have enjoyed it, but the elder one had got sick before I left. So my heart was full of worry and discomfort when I took the train on that Friday morning.
The workshop was held in London Cookery School. It was a nice, spacious venue for 12 participants to pick up new technics and skills to lead to become better photographer. Meeta, Sumayya and Jeanne
were the grant of this. All of them are friendly, cheerful ladies with full of energy.
Sumayya at Pukka Paki
is the number one chef of pakistanian cuisine in UK, I suppose. Her blog is so colorful and dishes are wonderful. She cooked several mouth watering traditional meal through two days. Biryani and sweet samosas were my all time favorites, but many of them were so fragrant and inspiring that I’m planning to take part in her pakistanian cookery course in the near future…
Jeanne at Cooksister
is among Top 10 Food bloggers in UK. She is a photographer, a writer and a lawyer in one person.
First day was full of basics: ISO, white balance, lighting, tripod, effector, diffusor, background, etc.
All of them were known, but it always makes sense to repeat and go back to the roots. And the afternoon session was about restaurant photography, by Jeanne. It was something new to me, and I’m interested in it as it’s something useful if You want to take a shot about your food on your plate when You eat in a marvellous restaurant where the light is never ever natural. Usually if You eat out You don’t carry a tripod, a reflector, anything. So You just have to use a manual mode on your camera, and try to do your best to create sharp and appetizing photos. It’s not easy at all, is it?
The second day was about From London To Pakistan – Street Food. First of all we went through on post process work in Lightroom or Photoshop, and then we had to task: take an action shot meanwhile Sumayya and ladies cook the wonderful diner and then create a cover shoot for a magazine. I worked with Charlotte throughout two days who is a professional photographer. It was so useful to have a look at how she works, what kind of settings she used. Thank You, Charlotte!
All in all I enjoyed these two days so much! It was a great opportunity to meet with other persons who also adore food, glorious food and photography as well. I’m so grateful to had opportunity to be taught by three talented ladies, who organized an inspiring and effective two days workshop. Thank You!
And at the end of day I had a fortune, I won a Vitamax Food processor! It wasn’t easy to to bear the massive pack along the suite, but finally we got home! And I have tried it, and amazing what a strong engine it has. I’ll come with some lovely recipes in the near future…….