Phototasting 101: How to Make (Food) Porn

Had I figured out how to use my camera faster, this Two Boots slice wouldn't have been cold by the time I ate it.

You know them: you’re sitting down for a perfectly awesome meal when your dinner companion whips out a camera and takes a plate-level, eagle-eye, and close-up picture of her dish, then yours.  In the meantime, no one can touch the food, lest it ruin the shot.  Yeah, that dinner companion is me, and if I knew how to take better pictures, I might get the right shot the first or second time, and we all might get to eat a little faster.  Sorry.

For those of us needing the extra lesson or two on how to take pictures/use our camera in places that do not so kindly set up a light box especially for foodie bloggers (i.e., the very pretty soft box set up by Chef Ludo and his wife Krissy at the recently popped-down LudoBites at Royal/T), Daily Gluttony and other local foodie bloggers will be leading a “Phototasting” workshop on Saturday at the brand spanking new Hilton Checkers Hotel downtown.  Whether you have a fancy schmancy digital camera or a point and shoot, you’ll learn all about how to take food porn photos worthy of Giadia.  Best part: the $45 you’re laying down for the workshop includes not only the enrollment fee, but also the materials fee as well.  In other words, those aren’t plastic apples waiting for their close-up, people.  Checkers Chef (say that three times fast) Todd Allison has prepared dishes for you to practice on, guaranteeing that you’ll have enough pretty dishes to perfect your method.  After this class, you would have earned those high marks in the Food Didn’t Get Cold category.

The Phototasting workshop is from 12pm – 3pm this Saturday at the Hilton Checkers restaurant downtown.  Hop over to EventBrite to reserve your spot.  Between now and then, check out these handy tips from Caroline on Crack on how to take “porn-tastic” photos.  Of food.

3 Replies to “Phototasting 101: How to Make (Food) Porn”

  1. I heard about this, but it was already sold out days in advance. I think it’s a great idea, but I’m wondering how good the class really is – getting truly great food shots requires serious lighting control, and sitting in a restaurant just doesn’t allow for that. Then again, perhaps I’m not the target audience.

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