Bring your food photography to life.

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Food is life. Most people think of food as something they need to pick up or grab from the local convenience store. For many, it goes with the question, “what’s for dinner?” For a select few, food is significantly more, it encompasses our daily lives; it’s something that triggers all our senses. Food photography brings food to life in a unique way where the photographer is fortunate to share their experience with a wider audience. This course is about capturing and sharing the visual experience of food. Through a variety of locations, the class explores the concept of Farm to Table and a handful of steps in-between.

Joe’s photography and teaching philosophy are that every successful image tells a story. We must go beyond solely setting out to capture an image by first understanding the subject and then deciding what we wish the narrative to say. Then, each tool in the photographer’s arsenal is employed to bring the image(s) to life. The class discusses camera skills and explores how to see and use light, utilizing natural light and balancing natural and artificial sources. After capture, images are edited using Adobe Lightroom to bring the photographer’s unique vision to view.

The course is structured for anyone who wishes to visually explore and share what food means to them.

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Instructor: Joe Lavine

Joe Lavine is a photographer, educator, and author. As a photographer, Joe has spent roughly thirty years capturing the essence of food. These years of focusing on the details, which involved frequent experimentation and problem-solving, have made him an expert in understanding food as a subject and lighting techniques. Joe's clients include Coors, Betty Crocker, General Mills, Coca-Cola, Pillsbury, Coleman Foods, Yoplait Yogurt, Peaberry Coffee, and Celestial Seasonings.