Advanced Lighting for Food Photography, with Joe Glyda

In his second course, Joe is teaching some advanced lighting setups and working with his food stylist to create melted cheeses, grilled meats, crisp vegetables, and colorful fruit salad.

Food photographer Joe Glyda is back in the kitchen. In his second course, Joe is teaching some advanced lighting setups and working with his food stylist to create melted cheeses, grilled meats, crisp vegetables, and colorful fruit salad. Joe talks about the relationship between photographer and food stylist and the importance of using dummy food before shooting the final product.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 01:10)

Joe and food stylist David Kennedy talk about what will be covered in this course

Lesson 2: Equipment and Settings (Duration 03:34)

Joe goes over his camera and lighting equipment and other tools that he uses during his shoots

Lesson 3: Ham Sandwich (Duration 12:10)

Joe and David build a sandwich and talk about how ingredients are styled and combined

Lesson 4: Pepperoni Pizza, Part 1 (Duration 15:58)

Joe talks about the importance of a pre-production meeting and David begins assembling the ingredients for the pepperoni pizza

Lesson 5: A Tip From Joe (Duration 00:38)

A trick for making sure the plate or pizza board does not move during the shoot

Lesson 6: Pepperoni Pizza, Part 2 (Duration 07:04)

Joe begins shooting the pizza and talks about the final preparations for the pull shot

Lesson 7: Nachos (Duration 15:21)

This lesson covers how to build a plate of nachos and includes a tip for giving your clients options when it comes to food garnish

Lesson 8: Carrot Cake (Duration 09:26)

After sharing some tips on cutting a piece of cake, Joe begins experimenting with lower angle and longer lens for this shot

Lesson 9: Steak (Duration 12:24)

Simulate a hot grill cooking meat with fake coals and fake grill marks and creative lighting

Lesson 10: Fruit Salad (Duration 04:36)

Create daylight in the studio using a single strobe and fill cards

Lesson 11: Tip 2 (Duration 00:29)

Put your tripod away! Always start fresh for each shoot

Lesson 12: Seltzer (Duration 03:52)

An easy shot for beginners to try and home

Lesson 13: Shrimp (Duration 05:27)

The final shot of the day is a shrimp dish. After getting the safe shot with the tripod, Joe experiments with some different handheld angles

Meet Your Instructor: Joe Glyda

Joe Glyda is a recognized commercial photographer specializing in food and product photography. Joe retired from Kraft Foods as the manager and primary photographer of their Creative Services department after…

4 Comments

  1. I found this fascinating and useful. I have my first proper food shoot coming up and I am so thankful I have this expert advice. More from Joe would be brilliant!

  2. This contains as much food styling as lighting. The course has great content but a more accurate title might be "Basic Styling and Lighting for Commercial Food Photography."

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