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Food Styling Seminar

November 27, 2011

I love photography.

And especially food photography.

Or anything that has to do with it.

Styling, props, creativity and imagination.

The magic of making an image that arouses your senses, your emotions, your feelings.

An image that captures a certain atmosphere, era, season, mood.

An image that fils you with colour, with black and whites, with abstractivity.

That’s why when I found out about the Food Styling Seminar that the Original Sin organised, I immediately registered and had the chance to “live” for 4 hours in the professional studio Saycheese of the well known greek food photographer Panagiotis Beltzinitis.

And that was it!

It didn’t matter that we only got some hints about food styling and photography in these 4 hours -I don’t blame anyone, what else we could get in such a short time?

The only thing that mattered to me was that I was in such a studio and watched a professional working in situ.

Behind the scenes... Photo by Original Sin

Oups! You got me! Photo by Original Sin

The studio is separated in two: one space is a fully equiped kitchen that the chef cooks the “hero” dish and the rest of the studio is the photography set up with all the proper cameras, gears, tripods, lens, lights, soft boxes…

Cooking the hero dish!

props...

props...

props...

papers...

and backgrounds

We had the chance to make the styling of our own dish and then shoot it and of course, the chance to see how it was transformed by Beltzinitis and shot in his own unique way. And that was amazing!

We also had the chance to see how to take a more artistic photo of a drink like the one with the soda thing.

an alternative apple juice!

Well, the point is after all is that unfortunately in Greece there is not such a thing like food styling as far as a field of studies is concerned. And that is a gap, as many many others in this country. And the few professionals food stylists and food photographers should do more to this direction and share their knowledge and experience. There is a true interest by some of us and more, I suppose, and would be one more way for youngsters to start a new, creative and interesting job!

"Painting" with some olive oil...

Shooting!

In the meantime, I’m reading and learning more about this field from food photography sites and blogs abroad, where these fields have gained their place in a college, university and professional fields. Check some of them on the right sidebar and some wonderful blogs such as: Souvlaki for

the soul, My tartelette (with her wonderful and must have “From plate to pixel“), What katie ate, Cafe fernando, Cannelle and Vanille.

The food styling team. Photo by Original Sin

Well, last but not least, I finally know what I want to do when I “grow up”.

I hope I’ll be able to follow my dream and have the chance to make it happen.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 28, 2011 11:52 am

    Looks great! I want to go to one soon, it would be a great help 🙂

    • November 28, 2011 12:48 pm

      @Yummychooeats,
      you must go if you have the chance. You really learn a lot!

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