I popped over to the School of Artisan Food for a Food Photography Course with Joan Ransley, a big name in food photography and food writing, and has recently come 2nd in the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year competition.
The School of Artisan Food is based on the Welbeck Estate, in the heart of the Sherwood Forest. It is also a registered charity and a not-for-profit organisation, and has won many awards itself.
The photography course started with us introducing ourselves, there were only 8 students so it was a really nice small group, everyone was really friendly with a wide range of photography skill and type of knowledge they wanted to gain from the course. Personally, I had done a bit of food photography in the past, at events and suchlike, but I wanted to improve on that skill. A couple of people had blogs and wanted to improve their photography for their blogs, that kickstarted me into thinking that I should start a photography blog too, so here i am!
After an hour of theory we had a cuppa and then chose our props, and our food items to photograph. I found that being a little bossy I did the styling for my group and we photographed the food items in different lights, and in different areas of the estate, such as the abbatoir and garden.
Joan gave us hints and tips throughout the day but we did all of the photography and styling ourselves, which was great.
Here are a couple of pictures from the day.