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Lighting for Food Photography
Aaron Van
with Aaron Van
Lighting for Food Photography
lessons: 16 Course Lessons
duration: 1hr, 46min
published: 2021
watched: 1062 Member Views
Lighting for Food Photography
with Aaron Van
Join AaronVan, a commercial food and beverage photographer, as he teaches you the fundamental skills to capture amazing looking food in the studio. Aaron loves telling stories with food, and starting with the basics in camera gear, lighting, and settings, he'll take you step-by-step through his process of creating stunning food shots from a variety of angles. Each lesson builds on the concepts of the previous lessons as he changes out subjects, lighting, modifiers, and camera angles to give you the foundational skills to make informed decisions in your own shoots. You'll even learn how to stop motion with flash! Be sure to eat before watching this class, as it will leave you hungry for more. BUY COURSE
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lesson 1: Introduction (free course preview)
The instructor introduces the class and discusses what will be covered in the lessons that follow.
2min, 52sec
lesson 2: Gear and Technical Details
Aaron dives into the technical details as it relates to gear.
5min, 29sec
lesson 3: Putting into Practice
Building on the technical details discussed in the previous lesson, Aaron gives a demonstration of how it comes together.
6min, 44sec
lesson 4: All About Lights
Aaron dives into some of the lighting gear he uses.
4min, 11sec
lesson 5: Light Modifiers
After looking at types of lighting gear, Aaron moves on to discussing ways to modify that light.
4min, 19sec
lesson 6: Modifiers in Practice
Aaron demonstrates various lights with modifiers to demonstrate the results you can expect.
6min, 9sec
lesson 7: Scene Set and Light Modified
Building on the previous lesson Aaron demonstrates how to move to the final image.
5min, 48sec
lesson 8: Natural Light Look
Changing up the food on set will require some tweaks to the setup and light to create a natural light look and feel.
9min, 8sec
lesson 9: Using V-Flats
A V-flat is basically a very large piece of foam core that allows you to bounce light into your scene.
11min, 52sec
lesson 10: Top-Down Shooting: Part 1
Switching foods and camera position, Aaron demonstrates how to make the necessary adjustments to get the lay flat shot.
11min, 12sec
lesson 11: Top-Down Shooting: Part 2
Building on the work from the previous lesson, Aaron demonstrates how to make a few finishing touches to take your shots up another notch.
10min, 2sec
lesson 12: Charcuterie Board Shoot: Part 1
Switching things up again, Aaron shows how to shoot a charcuterie board with a bottle of wine.
11min, 13sec
lesson 13: Charcuterie Board Shoot: Part 2
With the lighting and scene set Aaron brings out the hero bottle showing it’s nice and cold with condensation.
4min, 24sec
lesson 14: Milk and Cookies with Splash: Part 1
The classic combo of milk and cookies with a splash as the cookie hits the milk.
6min, 23sec
lesson 15: Milk and Cookies with Splash: Part 2
Building on the previous lesson Aaron demonstrates how to create the remaining components for the final composite.
4min, 32sec
lesson 16: Conclusion
Join Aaron as he wraps up the class with some closing thoughts to help you move forward.
2min, 12sec
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Aaron Van
meet  Aaron Van
Food & Beverage Photographer
This is Aaron. A food lover. A photographer. An artist that crafts images that make his viewers crave! Aaron has been intrigued by the visual arts since he was given a Nikon film camera by his grandfather. This sent him down an unknown path that eventually became his career. Right after highschool he began his 20-year career in advertising and was able to hone his eye for composition and practice the styles and methods used in commercial advertising. After a good run in agency life he decided to pursue his passion and open his own photography studio originally focused on families and portraiture. But then in 2015 that all changed. He visited Ireland and fell in love with food—more than before. His desire to capture and share the raw beauty in the details that he saw within a dish grew. And, when he got back to the states he changed his photography business direction from portraiture to food & beverage! He turned his passion into his career and never looked back!
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