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Food Photography Classes

I found a new DSLR food photography lens that I just love!

How to photograph food is a general discussion of various aspects of the profession including the purpose of food photography.


Tips on digital food photography for the novice food photographer.

Tips on digital food photography for the novice food photographer.

Have you ever wondered what it was that made one food photograph look real and another look fake? It's all in the details...

See what it's like to be a professional photographer. Insights and comments on food photography and commercial photography

A list of various little equipment items and techniques that relate to professional and food photography.

A "show-and-tell" type article that demonstrates the lighting techniques that make the food photograph believable.

Believe it or not, soup is one of the things that give even professional food photographers fits. Learn the tips, tricks, and techniques to master soup photography.

Food photographer Michael Ray gives his opoinion on the subject of lens selection for food photography.

Talks about the subject of reflections and glare as it relates for tabletop and food photographers.  Some of the subjects covered are “bad reflections” and “good highlights”. 

Professional food photographer shows you his photographic tips, tricks, and techniques for capturing steam in food photography.

and food styling from a photographer's perspective is basically an article written to inform food stylists about the thought of an individual food photographer. 

My big 10 inch...! Big light, crisp shadow, very controllable.

Books about food photography and photographic lighting. (with direct links to Amazon.com)

A web page designed to educate potential clients about what to expect at a food shoot. There's a lot for you to learn there too.

Photography School Student Info - Please read before contacting me for an interview... :+)

Food photography related questions and answers from student's e-mails over the years.

If yes, you need to see this before you contact me...

Food Photography related books from Amazon.com

Step-by-step discussion of how to do a "splash" photograph in water. Photographer talks about flash duration and timing.

How to photograph strawberry cheesecake (step by step with lighting diagrams)

Shown trough a series of forty photographs, shot during a typical food photography shoot. Each image has comments related to the thought process of the food photogapher.

Additional Food Photography related links

General Photography (applicable to food photography)

The fundamentals of photographic lighting.  Subjects discussed are quality vs. quantity, main light, fill light, light ratios, the color of light, and light source size.

Articles that discusses all the different types of photographic lighting and their typical use in the world of professional photography.

Bigger is not always better?
An article that talks about the advantage of using smaller photographic lights (spot lights) instead of larger ones (umbrellas and soft boxes).

A short little article that points out the challenge of professional photographers to interpret words into photographic technique.

Article about photographic lighting philosophy and how it applies to lighting techniques.  The author demonstrates how to create a true shadow less fill light.

What makes a good photograph good, or a good photographer better than the next guy? (All kinds of photography, not just food photography)

talks about the basics of marketing and how it relates to the business of professional photography.

An article that discusses the emerging trend of dealing with clients that do not attend the shoot.

An old, but still popular article that discusses the authors opinions on photography education and the possible career paths of wanna-be professionals.

Suggestions on how to improve your skills as a novice or professional photographer. The basic premise is “observe, shoot analyze”.

A list of things you should consider before you choose an online food photography school.

The author's opinion on how to approach assembling a photographic portfolio. Trends, styles, and content are all discussed.

Make extra money on your food photography or food blog with Google Ads - How to boost your income with Google Adsense

About the Author:

Michael Ray is a professional commercial photographer specializing in food photography, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He enjoys sharing his knowledge about various photographic subjects, including all aspects of food photography and commercial photography in general. Feel Free to contact Michael with comments or suggestions.

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Food Photography Classes

Your comments are welcome. If there are any subjects that you would like an article written about, feel free to make a suggestion. You can also join the mailing list or contact Michael Ray if you wish, by clicking on the following link.

Michael Ray also welcomes you to visit his web page. Michael is a nationally acclaimed, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania based, food photographer, noted for his beautiful lighting techniques. He routinely supplies clients with dramatically lit, custom food photographs for advertising, packaging, editorial, and cookbook projects. Ad agencies, graphic design firms, grocery stores, restaurants, catering companies, and food manufactures, have asked Michael to do his lighting magic for their food related projects both in his 3000 square-foot studio or on location in the client's facility.

Michael Ray’s clients include, Giant Eagle Markets , Bruegger’s Beagles,  Heinz, DelMonte, Food Lion, Kings Family Restaurants, Morton’s Steak House,  Church’s Chicken, Boston Market.


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