In the past month I have found myself driving to Welbeck. Not once, but twice. Both times I felt that I had learned something new so I have decided to share my experience with you guys.
After starting my food blog here on wordpress.com I thought it might be a good idea to have some half decent photos to go with it. As a result, the first course (after a long break) I signed up for was a food photography course at The School of Artisan Food in Welbeck, Nottinghamshire.
The experience starts way before you get to the school. The road to Welbeck is very green and picturesque, with fields all around, trees and beautiful, period stone buildings.
Food photography is a half a day course with Victoria Harley. The day starts at 9:30am with registration and refreshments, including hot drinks and locally made breads and jam. This is the perfect opportunity to meet your fellow food loving photographers.
At 10am the course begins, most of the attendees bring their own cameras, however if you forget your camera there is a spare one at the school, reserved for such occasions. During the course we’ve covered topics such as props, background, compositions, different textures, ingredients, positioning, and the use of natural light and shadows. We also spent time getting familiar with aperture, ISO and shutter speed.
At about 1pm we had a beautifully prepared lunch that was prepared at the school by their team of chefs, using local produce. The refreshments and lunch are included in the price of the course.
After the lunch the course is finished and we were free to go home and practice our newly gained skills. Below are some photos that I have taken during the course (no editing, watermarked only).
The props we have been working have been truly amazing.
Personally, I feel that the course has given me more confidence in using my camera for food photography. This is an introduction course, suitable for the beginners, to gain new skills and ideas on how to improve their food photography. You can find more information about this course on the School of Artisan Food website (https://www.schoolofartisanfood.org/product/introduction-to-food-photography-half-day).
Thank you for reading,