Editorial Food Photography: Making Pasta

Learn the art of creative visual storytelling in this food photography class, where Karl and Anna shoot a series of images showing the start to finish process of making homemade pasta.

Lifestyle food photography such as this is highly popular for food blogs, recipe books, restaurant menus and stock libraries and are in high demand. To produce the best images, attention to detail and careful control of light are key.

Throughout this class you’ll see Karl and Anna’s workflow, including the styling and lighting as well as how to give creative direction to your model. Karl uses a three light setup, including some specialist lighting modifiers, to create a dappled lighting effect, while Anna carefully styles the shot and provides guidance for posing the subject.

Course objectives:

  • Learn how to shoot editorial food photography
  • Creative ideas for editorial food photography
  • Visual storytelling
  • Food photography lighting setups
  • How to photograph hands
  • Giving creative direction to a subject

To learn more about shooting editorial food images with hand models, take a look at our Lifestyle food photography: Chopping vegetables class and Stir Fry Food Shoot.

If you have any questions about this class, please post in the comment section below.


Telling a story with photography

In this sequence of images Karl and Anna take the viewer on a journey of making homemade pasta, but in order to do that they had to carefully think about the shots they needed, the styling for each frame and what lighting would work for the whole series.

food photography lighting setup

The lighting setup had to allow for a smooth, uninterrupted shooting process.

Karl used a three light setup to achieve soft, dappled lighting. The setup needed to be versatile enough to allow a smooth, uninterrupted workflow as the subject worked through the sequence of shots, from cracking eggs, to rolling dough.

Photographing people and food

Anna was on hand to give creative direction to the subject during the shoot.

The styling for the shot included a few simple props, which Anna adjusted throughout the shoot. She was also on hand to explain which parts of the pasta making process were most important and worth shooting.

This series of images was a team collaboration that required good planning and communication. Working together, Karl and Anna were able to create a sequence of wonderful images that take the viewer on a journey.

Editorial food photography

The final series of images

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