An in-depth look into one of the most popular Food Photography Courses out there. Looking to combine my passion for baking and hobby of photography, I enrolled in Foodtography School in 2019. This is my honest Foodtography School Course Review sharing the ins and outs of the course and how it has helped me.
Questions covered in my Foodtography School Course Review:
- What is Foodtography School?
- Who is the course aimed at?
- How is the course run?
- How long does the course take?
- What’s in the course curriculum?
- How much is the course?
- What are the bonuses?
- How did completing Foodtography School impact me?
- What was my biggest take away from the course?
- Will my images look like everyone else’s who takes the course?
- Would I recommend the course?
- What other courses does Foodtography School offer?
1. What is Foodtography School and who created it?
Foodtography School is an online food photography course aimed at turning your passion for food photography into a business. The course teaches you the relevant skills to transform your food photography but also guide you through the social media and marketing skills to successfully create your own business.
2. Who is the course aimed at?
Food photographers who are at the start of their food photography journey and have had no other formal training. Food bloggers or food photographers who want to not only understand how to create awesome well composed and edited imagery worthy of selling professionally. It’s also aimed at those wanting to create their own food photography business.
In my opinion, other food photography courses are lacking in the business aspects that this course provides.
3. How is the course run?
Being a virtual school Foodtography School is all done on-line. The course is split into 4 units and each unit has short information packed videos. Each video is 5-15 minutes long and can be re-played as many times as you like.
4. How long does the course take?
The course is designed as a 4 week course and recommended that you do one unit every week, setting aside 2-3 hours for the course per week. This is being said, you can run through the material as quickly or as slowly as you like.
YOU get to set the speed which is what I love.
Binge watch a unit in one go, or split it up throughout the week. That’s what I love about this format. Life is unpredictable and sometimes we can dedicate time before having to take a break from a course.
BONUS: you have life time access to the course so can enter your membership area in Foodtography School and access the curriculum at ANY time.
5. What’s in the Course Curriculum?
Alright let’s get to the nitty gritty. Foodtography School is split into 4 units:
Unit 1: Fundamentals & Composition
Covers camera setting basics, best angles to shoot at and how to position your light source. From there the unit delves into the core compositional principles for food photography. Principles explored are rule of thirds, geometry, balance, framing and patterns. Capturing movement, applying dynamic symmetry, textural layering and creating dynamic tension are the other areas covered.
For a beginner food photographer such as myself, this Unit had the greatest and most immediate visual impact on my photography.
Unit 2: Light & Colour
Split into two sections this unit explores both Light and Colour
Light delves into understanding the intricacies of different light and its effect on food photography. Importantly it covers how to deal with bad light (hello blue winter light) and the skills required to work with that light to your advantage.
The rest of the unit delves into colour and its relevance in food photography. From understanding the colour wheel, the principles of colour theory, to the emotional impact that colour has in an image. This section covers the mood that colour can help create but also how specific colour can apply to your own visual branding.
Unit 3: Social Media
An imperative unit as food photography grows in relevance for social media influencer driven marketing. Areas covered are how to brand yourself and create your own visual identity as a business on social media. Also how to know your worth and to stand out from the crowd whilst being able to add value to your audience.
Unit 4: Marketing
So now you know how to take great photos and portray yourself into the best possible way on social media…how do you actually market yourself and earn money?
The last of the 4 units examines what content marketing actually is and how your level as a food photographer impacts what you can expect to charge. Also exactly why food photography brings value to brands and the importance photography brings to their exposure.
Foodtography School also provides a basic marketing checklist to get your food photography business up and running, how to build relationships with brands, the type of work you can do and what to charge. Yes Sarah talks money.
6. How much is the course?
If however the single payment is too much then you can pay 6 monthly payments of $89 for 6 months totalling $534
7. What are the bonuses?
On top of the 4 information packed units. Foodtography School also offers
6 Bonus Trainings:
- Props & Background
- Food Styling
- 1-Hour Lightroom Mini Course
- How to Edit in 4 Distinct styles
- Top 5 Broma Lightroom Presets
- Smartphone Editing
8. How did completing Foodtography School impact me?
I was the perfect candidate for this course. A hobbyist photographer with basic photography knowledge but zero food styling abilities. One month prior to taking the course I set up my @emmaduckworthbakes instagram account and didn’t really have a clue how to develop myself as a ‘brand’ let alone pitch to brands or price myself.
The biggest impact of the course on my photography would have been after completing the first two units on the fundamentals, composition, light and colour. It was instantaneous. Now I had a clear idea of how to set up my shot, place my food and props, where my light source should come from and the best angle to shoot at. Tracking those that go through the course it’s clear to see when they have completed these two units! It’s like an AHA moment!!
Following the course I took the skills that Sarah had taught and put them into practice as much as possible. It’s up to you to develop those skills and work pretty damn hard at them. Often frustration would set in because I just couldn’t get the shot. The lighting was off. The styling wasn’t working. But like anything the key is to persevere. And keep trying.
And I could see my photography was blooming, I was developing a distinctive style and creating my own ‘brand’. Three months after completing the course I was approached by one of the largest supermarket chains in the UK to work with them. The investment I’d made in myself had paid off.
9. What’s the biggest take away from the course?
Aside from the amazing educational elements of the course, the foodie community surrounding this course is incredible. Foodtography School has its own facebook group that is only available to students of the course. They are like your very own personal support network, there to answer queries, provide constructive criticism on photos, answer pricing queries and so much more.
Food blogging and working for yourself can be quite a lonely profession so it’s super important to develop your own cheer leaders, your own support squad, your very own tribe. The friends I’ve made through Foodtography School are exactly that and I’m so grateful for this community.
10. Will my images look like everyone elses who takes the course?
Ok. So I hear from others outside of the course that many students who finish tend to develop the same style as Broma Bakery and all look the same. And yes I have noticed that too.
Here’s the crux of it. Sarah has a very distinct style that she’s well known for. Light and airy, with soft to strong shadows, photographed primarily on a marble or light grey background with simple prop styling. This style is BEAUTIFUL and I love it. It’s what attracted me to the course immediately. I associated with this style before the course and I was thrilled to find an educator who could teach it.
For beginner photographers who are new to this food photography world, just starting out, it’s easy to get seduced by the style and then stick with it. Essentially there is nothing wrong with that.
HOWEVER, I personally believe that the course teaches you the skills yet it’s up to you to then DEVELOP your own style after you’ve completed the course.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO DEVELOP YOUR STYLE?
Developing your own style and identity allows you to stand out from the crowd. In turn brands will take notice = more work opportunities. Winner I’d say!
11. Would I recommend the course?
Absolutely. It’s the perfect stepping stone for the beginner food photographer who wants to improve their level of photography whilst also learning how to carve themselves out into a small business.
The fact that the course offers the business aspect is amazing as there aren’t any other courses out there that offer the photography, styling and business education all rolled into one.
I love the style of video that Sarah records. Each one is short and concise and she provides the pdf downloads to refer back to. Whenever necessary you can refer back to a specific recording or pdf without having to wait through a whole units worth. Sarahs teaching style is approachable, warm, insightful and infighting. At this those leads into the community built outside of the course. If, I’ve ever has a question via instagram DM, Sarah has always graciously taken the time to answer.
I urge those that take this to use the course as spring board or a stepping stone to their development. As mentioned previously, knowing how to implement the skills taught and then developing those skills to create your own brand is essential.
12. What other courses does Foodtography School offer?
Foodtography School also offers 4 other courses:
Advanced Foodtography School
For the photographer with a developed understanding of composition, editing in lightroom and DSLR skills. This delves deeper into composition and styling, how to shoot with artificial light, more in-depth knowledge of editing and styling. (I’m currently half way through this course and I love it!)
Price: $1497 single payment
Restaurant Foodtography School
For the food photographers, bloggers, social media influencers wanting to up their game in restaurant photography. A chance at setting yourself apart by taking exceptional photos outside of home and in the restaurant environment and diversifying your income.
Price: $347 single payment
A course developed for those that don’t own a DSLR and want to improve the images they take on their IPHONE (or Android!).
Price: $199 single payment
Note: my $50 DISCOUNT CODE: EMMA applies to the single payment options for the above three courses.
The Style Edit
A 12 month online experience delving primarily into styling and editing. Each month you receive an hour long video taking you behind the scenes on a food photoshoot with Sarah, Foodphotography School founder. Each month the shoot and food subject matter are different (think tacos, to ice-cream, cocktails to brownies) and you’ll see how she styles, what shots she takes and how she edits.
Price: $69 per month for 12 months = $828 single payment (my discount code does not apply to this course)
My hope for this Foodtography School Course Review
I hope that my Foodtography School Course Review helps if you’re deciding to launch yourself into a career as a food photographer. As you may have ascertained, the course provided me with a monumental springboard into this new career. It’s taken hard work, frustrations, joy, and major wins to get to where I am now. All the opinions above are my own. Please feel free to message me on the contact form below or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have ANY questions regarding my Foodtography School Course review.
DISCLOSURE ON MY FOODTOGRAPHY SCHOOL COURSE REVIEW
To be 100% transparent to you, I’m an affiliate member of Foodtography School. I’m super proud to be a member of their program as it’s the result of learning, growing, developing into a photographer that Sarah and her Team trust to promote her business. I only ever affiliate myself with products or services that I whole heartedly believe in. Foodtography School is one such business. If you make a purchase through my affiliate links provide, I do earn a commission of the sale at NO extra cost to you. If anything, by going through my affiliate link and applying the DISCOUNT CODE: EMMA you’ll gain a further $50 OFF the single payment price. This applies to all courses: Foodtography School, Advanced Foodtography School, Restaurant Foodtography School and IFoodtography School.
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