08. Feta Cheese

A jar of feta cheese is the focus of Karl and Anya’s next shot as, together, they demonstrate essential preparation, styling and lighting techniques for eye-catching food photography.

For this next food photography class, Anya decides she wants to create a rustic looking arrangement of marinated feta cheese with herbs and spices. She demonstrates and explains key styling techniques, revealing one of her go-to props, while Karl, using just one light, works on achieving the bright, fresh lighting that brings this shot to life.

In this photography class we cover the following:

  • Using directional lighting to highlight texture
  • Sourcing affordable props
  • How to balance color for best effect
  • Considering the effect different shapes have on an image
  • Using reflectors and flags
  • How light positioning can change contrast
  • Softbox vs Para 133 – the effects of each

Read more about Anya’s work and watch her live show.

Comments

  1. I love this video! Thank you Karl to let me know all your lighting tricks. I am learning so much. Anya, thank you too. This is the best course I have ever attended.

    1. Thank you Micaela for your kind words, of course it is great for us to get such feedback. Please tell your friends so we can grow our community and bring you even more! 🙂

  2. Hi Karl. Could I know how much I should be charged with a photo like this? For example, if I did it for a magazine …

    1. Hi Micaela, that’s a very open question as it depends largely on which magazine etc etc. Visit our business course and the section on pricing. Most commercial photographers work on a day rate or half day rate for producing images for clients so that course will give you the price range. If you are looking to only license the image once to them and then keep it then that is very different and you need to look at stock libraries like getty, Istock etc to get an idea of what they are charging for licensed images.

  3. Really enjoying this series Anya and Karl. The Para really does give that extra natural sparkle. I would be curious to see what the focus 130 umbrella would look like fully de focused, being as it is a more economical modifier.

  4. Hi Karl! Great tutorial! The only two things I can’t understand- the feta cheese is slightly out of focus -was it made intentionally? And also – how to decide right dof? Is it just your own feeling or are there any stict rules (like -your central object should be in focus, or just part of it)? To tell the truth I don’t like when main subject is out of focus or only small portion of it in focus-for me it looks like a mistake. But I think you should know the rules better then me since product photography is you main directioin, so how it should be?

  5. Hi Karl
    My ambition is to become a product photographer, in particular the food industry as I am also a very good cook. I just wanted to say I am loving these tutorials. I bought a job lot of old cutlery for £8 online and today I received it only to find the exact same fork as the one you used in this tutorial! Needless to say I am very pleased and I’m taking the fork as a sign I that this line of photography is definitely for me 🙂
    Kindest regards
    Ali

    1. Ha great stuff Ali, as Anna said you can pick up all sorts of props like this online. Good luck with your food photography, I thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking to get Anna back for some more tutorials.

  6. All your tutorials have been absolutely fantastic for me, I can’t believe how much I have learned from your site so far. I would be lost without them! That’s great you will hopefully get Anna back for some more tutorials, you can tell her she has a fan 🙂

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