Food Photography & Styling

For this live photography workshop Karl is joined by top Russian food photographer Anya Pustynnikova for an in-depth lesson in food photography and styling.

Anya shares her top secrets for food styling as well as demonstrates how, using just basic equipment, you can achieve amazing food photographs. Building on this, Karl then demonstrates a number of alternative lighting setups as they work, live, towards achieving a mouthwatering image of beef pastrami.

This live photography workshop forms part of our series food photography classes, which you can watch here.

In this live photography workshop we cover the following:

  • Food photography: How to photograph food using multiple lights
  • Useful equipment for food photography & styling
  • Selecting props & backgrounds
  • Lighting modifiers for food photography
  • Useful tips for food photography
  • Photographing food according to a brief
  • Simple post production techniques for food photography

We caught up with Anya ahead of her appearance on the show to ask her a few questions about how she got started, some of her favorite pieces of kit and her take on the current trends in food photography. Read the Q&A with Anya Pustynnikova in our blog.



    1. Thanks John, I’m very excited about the other shoots we filmed, some real gems of information in lighting and styling. We start editing next week and the first episodes will be appearing this month.

  1. this was very informative. i feel inspired to shoot some food, and then eat it after lol. anna is great!

  2. Fantastic. I am about to start on my HND Photography at college and have found I am really leaning towards shooting food. Your tutorials etc are going to be such a help, its not a subject that you find such in depth info on. Thank you Karl and Anya.

  3. Any more news of when the other August food courses are due? Caught the live course was great, eager to see the others 🙂

  4. Hi Karl,

    In the photograph that appears on the live show page, there seems to be a shadow cast which mimics light shining through a tree/leaves – how would this effect be recreated?

    All the best,


    1. Hi Sarah, if you watch the live show you will see how it’s done, it’s also in one of the other food shoots. Cheers Karl.


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