Upcoming Food Photography Training Workshops

August 6th: Essential Ingredient Newcastle

Food Photography for Social Media

At this 2.5 hour workshop David will walk you through his unique approach to food photography. Food, backgrounds and props will be provided for you to style and shoot – David will be on hand to guide you and assist you to produce some food shots of your own. You’ll get some new ideas and develop your observational and creative skills to compose, style and capture some very engaging and tasty images.

Ideal for food bloggers, Instagrammers, marketing and hospitality operators wanting to improve their food styling and photography. It is also suitable for home cooks and foodies who want to learn more about capturing great images of their food.

For further details and booking please visit the Essential Ingredient website.

September TBC: The Owens Collective

An Introduction to Food Photography and Styling

Are you looking to improve your food photography?

Learn to style and shoot recipe steps and finished dishes in available light with award winning food photographer David Griffen. Set in the beautiful Show Room space located in Newcastle’s newest collaborative workspace the Owens Collective.

Ideal for food bloggers, Instagrammers, marketing and hospitality operators wanting to improve their food styling and photography, at this 2.5 hour workshop David will walk you through his unique approach to food photography.

Cost: $125
Date: Tuesday 24th September, 10am – 12:30pm
Address: The Owens Collective, 101 Maitland Rd, Islington NSW 2296
Book: Call David on 0427705622 – get in quick as places are limited to ensure you enjoy a quality learning experience.

Further details to follow. Visit The Owens Collective to check out their great event space.

Food Photography Training Workshops and Mentoring

David Griffen is currently offering bespoke one-to-one and team training for marketing professionals within the food and hospitality industry. These intensive sessions are designed to elevate your creative vision and improve the quality of the content produced in-house.

Your bespoke training recipe will be built around the following framework:

A consultation is used to analyse existing skills, equipment and current creative abilities. This session enables key areas for development to be identified, and learning goals to be established. Instruction is then provided to suit your requirements and geared to maximise gains in both quality and creativity.

Visualisation and Concept. With an emphasis on understanding the importance of ways-of-seeing, observation and the thought processes required for successful image making, we explore how to approach your photographic goals.

Effective story telling. Understanding the importance of producing a set of images that work together as a cohesive and sequential set to create a strong brand story timeline.

Composition and lighting. Further observation and decision making about the layout and construction of a successful image. Plus a foundation in the understanding of lighting quality and its control.

Food and prop styling. How to best utilise surfaces, objects, produce, available props and backgrounds for a consistent style and to enhance your creative image making. Bespoke backgrounds can be produced and supplied upon request.

Camera settings and lens selection. Understanding basic camera functions and the best lenses for different applications.

Mobile phone photography. Learning new techniques for image capture and editing on a mobile phone, including the use of apps and sharing guidelines.

Follow up consultation and support. Provision of ongoing critique and support for improvement, and answering any questions arising from the training session.

Contact David Griffen now to organise a consultation – he will be happy to share his wealth of experience with you.

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David Griffen has over 15 years experience shooting engaging images for restaurants and food brands. Over the course of his career, he has lead training sessions on the subject of food photography for marketing professionals, bloggers and life long learners.

Griffen has presented on the subject of food photography for social media at Google London, Food Blogger Connect (Europe), Taste London, the Art Gallery of Ontario (Canada) and many other events.

A sought after expert in his field, David has led training courses for restaurants and hospitality, including the market department at the Dorchester London and Scarlet Hotel and run food photography training and presentations at many restaurants including Restaurant Tom Aikens and Lima London.