Food photography: Live show with Anna Pustynnikova

Bringing out character in a common food product such as cheese, which often looks fairly similar, can be challenging, but it isn’t impossible.

Karl is joined by Russian food photographer and stylist Anna Pustynnikova for this live photography workshop, where together they style and light an assortment of cheeses.

Texture, styling, composition and lighting are key focus points throughout this photography demonstration and you’ll see exactly how the pair work together to reach their final image.

In addition to learning how to light the product, you’ll also learn how not to light it (and why not) and how you can modify unusual light sources to suit your needs.

This fascinating show offers a three light setup that can be adapted for other food products as well as a good base of knowledge to carry forward to other forms of food and product photography.

In this live photography workshop we cover the following:

  • Food photography
  • How to style food for photography
  • How to reveal shape, color and texture
  • Light setups for food photography
  • Lighting modifier comparisons
  • Camera settings for food photography

You can watch Anna’s first live show, where she and Karl photographed pastrami live, here. She also joined Karl for the live talk show to discuss her career, pricing, stock images and more.

If you have any questions about this live show please use the comments box below 🙂


  1. Really, really great workshop, lots of useful lighting and other tips; grateful to have all of this content(that I’ve been looking for so long 😀 ) in one single place. As I keep saying, best and smartest investment is in education and this is definitely the place and time to do that. Thank you!

      1. Hello again. Can you tell us please, if it is possible, when the new recorded Food photography classes are going to be released? Thank you

  2. Very nice work as always by Anya and Karl. Anya’s styling and eye for color are outstanding. It’s great to see a food shot with a little more drama and contrast.

    Karl we have seen your fiber optic lighting before. You used the same fiber optics in the Whiskey Product Shot, chapter 6 in the Advertising, Product and Still Life section.

    I have the Elinchrom fiber optic kit and use it as you have here and in many similar applications where you use the picolites with the spot attachment.

    I’m really looking forward to the new food tutorials. I hope you have them online soon.

    1. Hi Kirk, thank you for your comments. Thanks for reminding me about that, I must have used it on an Elinchrom light back then as I’ve just had it modified to fit on broncolor. I’ll have to go and check out that chapter again to remind myself. I’m glad to hear the Elinchrom works well for you.

  3. Hi Karl
    Just connecting my Canon 5D mark iv to my Pocket wizards plus X. Strange as they worked on the Mark iii but now they don’t work. Just wondering if you know if there is an issue with the new Canon and the Pocket wizards please?

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