[Oct 27, 8:00 AM] Skye H: Good morning
[Oct 27, 8:01 AM] Gitta Grether-Sweeney: Good morning everyone!
[Oct 27, 8:01 AM] Jan Nunes: good morning!
[Oct 27, 8:01 AM] Xristianna Papalexopoulou: Good morning everyone!
[Oct 27, 8:01 AM] graceandvine: Welcome everyone! So happy to see some familiar faces from yesterday 🙂
[Oct 27, 8:01 AM] Cathy Brak: Good morning, Lauren and everyone!
[Oct 27, 8:01 AM] Helen: Hello everyone
[Oct 27, 8:01 AM] Jason Logsdon: Day 2, yay!
[Oct 27, 8:01 AM] HeatherMcCurdy: Good morning!
[Oct 27, 8:01 AM] David Salvatore: Hi from Philly!
[Oct 27, 8:01 AM] Lauren Short: Hi everyone! Hope you enjoy my presentation! I’m going to be hanging out here for the whole session, so let me know any questions you have!
[Oct 27, 8:01 AM] A Red Spatula: Hey from Idaho!
[Oct 27, 8:02 AM] Gitta Grether-Sweeney: Excited for day 2 and this presentation!
[Oct 27, 8:02 AM] AshleyBigFlavors: Good morning from Ossining, NY! Ready for another great day!
[Oct 27, 8:02 AM] spabettie: good morning again from Portland!! ☕️
[Oct 27, 8:02 AM] HeatherMcCurdy: Chilly New Hampshire here.
[Oct 27, 8:02 AM] Amy Shen: Good morning from Seattle!
[Oct 27, 8:02 AM] AshleyBigFlavors: Started my day with a covid test so it’s only gonna get better from here on out LOL
[Oct 27, 8:02 AM] graceandvine: Oh no! Lol
[Oct 27, 8:03 AM] Lauren Short: Oh no Ashley!! Hope it is on the up from now!
[Oct 27, 8:03 AM] Debra Rosenblatt Klein: Morning….still cold and cloudy in Boston. Perfect day for some indoor learning.
[Oct 27, 8:03 AM] Ginni Kelley: Good afternoon from wet, windy and cold London England!
[Oct 27, 8:03 AM] AshleyBigFlavors: Yep just a precaution before my surgery Friday. Not pleasant but hopefully the last one I’ll have to have. It’ll wake you up, that’s for sure! 🤣
[Oct 27, 8:03 AM] Lauren Short: I’ve had one too Ashley so I can sympathise!
[Oct 27, 8:04 AM] AshleyBigFlavors: Oof @Lauren – it’s so tough but at least it’s *fairly* quick
[Oct 27, 8:04 AM] staceybrugeman: Good morning everyone from Leelanau County Michigan. Thanks for doing this Lauren!
[Oct 27, 8:04 AM] AshleyBigFlavors: Will the slides from these presentations be available after the summit is over?
[Oct 27, 8:05 AM] graceandvine: Hey y’all – the link for Food Photography Academy below wasn’t working but it’s been replaced. Here it is: https://members.foodphotographyacademy.co
[Oct 27, 8:06 AM] Lauren Short: What kind of photos does everyone enjoy taking the most?
[Oct 27, 8:07 AM] Skye H: Any recommentations on an intro camera or choosing a background?
[Oct 27, 8:07 AM] Debra Rosenblatt Klein: are you shooting in natural or atrificial light?
[Oct 27, 8:07 AM] Debra Rosenblatt Klein: artificial
[Oct 27, 8:08 AM] Lauren Short: I would always focus on your lenses more than the camera, because they affect your photos far more, and you can carry them from camera to camera, I have a blog post all about it here that should help you Skye: https://foodphotographyacademy.co/blog/food-photography-lenses-focal-length/
[Oct 27, 8:08 AM] Lauren Short: I shoot in both Debra 🙂
[Oct 27, 8:09 AM] Skye H: Thanks lauren
[Oct 27, 8:10 AM] AshleyBigFlavors: My house has awful natural light so I shoot artificial. It’s nice in a way because you can control it and don’t have to wait for the right time/light to hit 🙂
[Oct 27, 8:10 AM] Skye H: I tend to get a lot of shadows in artificial light
[Oct 27, 8:11 AM] TheRedheadBaker: Skye, do you use a diffuser?
[Oct 27, 8:12 AM] AshleyBigFlavors: @Skye do you use anything to bounce the light? Like a big white board on the opposite side of your light. Also if you’re able to do 2 lights, that could help. And the angle of the light you use can help minimize shadows – play around with the position/height/angle.
[Oct 27, 8:12 AM] Skye H: I do not on a consistant basis. I’ll have to play more as it seemed to make it worse
[Oct 27, 8:12 AM] Skye H: As you all can see I’m a master of nothing.
[Oct 27, 8:12 AM] Skye H: Hmm. maybe I should just give it up
[Oct 27, 8:13 AM] Lauren Short: The modifier you use is key with artificial light Skye, probably you want to try a bigger diffuser? I use a 120cm octagonal soft box and it recreates a lovely natural light look!
[Oct 27, 8:13 AM] Skye H: I can try when I can afford one which wont be soon
[Oct 27, 8:13 AM] TheRedheadBaker: My diffuser isn’t anything fancy — just a plain white muslin receiving blanket from when my son was a baby!
[Oct 27, 8:13 AM] Lauren Short: Don’t give up!! It takes years to master things step by step. Just by signing up for this summit you’ve done a huge amount to move your knowledge forwards, don’t be discouraged
[Oct 27, 8:13 AM] Skye H: Oh well
[Oct 27, 8:14 AM] Lauren Short: @Theredheadbaker, that’s a great idea! Any sort of white sheet works great as a diffuser
[Oct 27, 8:14 AM] Skye H: All these seminars have taught me is I am not good at anything.
[Oct 27, 8:14 AM] Lauren Short: Well that’s definitely not the point of this summit 😉 We’re all here to help you progress!
[Oct 27, 8:14 AM] graceandvine: Oh Skye! That is not true. These are just things to learn!!!
[Oct 27, 8:14 AM] Lauren Short: We ALL started somewhere, you’ll look back in a few months and see your progress
[Oct 27, 8:15 AM] AshleyBigFlavors: Agreed @Lauren! Plus you can ALWAYS learn more!
[Oct 27, 8:15 AM] TheRedheadBaker: Same with a light bounce — nothing fancy, just a piece of white poster board from a craft store.
[Oct 27, 8:16 AM] Lauren Short: Exactly, t’here’s ALWAYS more to learn. I try to be excited about how much more there is to learn rather than discouraged that I don’t know it yet
[Oct 27, 8:16 AM] Itaira Shanice Clark: I may know the answer to this but I’ll ask it anyway lol I’ve seen a lot of food photography taken on an iPhone and it actually looks good. Do you need a DSLR or is the phone good as well?
[Oct 27, 8:16 AM] Ginni Kelley: @Lauren – I have a question on photographing curries – they always look flat for me. Any tips on how to make them look inviting?
[Oct 27, 8:16 AM] AshleyBigFlavors: If you have your setup up against a white wall on the side, you can use that, too.
[Oct 27, 8:17 AM] Skye H: Have a good rest of your class all
[Oct 27, 8:17 AM] staceybrugeman: I have never taken a food photography seminar before. I come from the long lead print world where (historically) professional food photographers were already in the budget. I am so grateful to you guys for hosting this so I can learn.
[Oct 27, 8:18 AM] AshleyBigFlavors: I worked in print production for many years @Stacey! It’s a *very* different beast than online, right? 🙂
[Oct 27, 8:18 AM] Lauren Short: @Itaria, you definitely don’t “need” one, especailly if you’re primarily taking photos for your own blog/instagram. If you want to work with clients though you will need to be able to shoot in RAW format which requires a DSLR/mirrorless camera
[Oct 27, 8:19 AM] Lauren Short: @Ginni, Try making sure you have some complementary colours in your garnishes, and try a backlight to get some specular highlight, that can give those dishes a lot of dimension
[Oct 27, 8:19 AM] staceybrugeman: For sure. And that’s still predominantly where I spend/will spend my time. But given the importance of social media in promoting that printed work, I want to strengthen my skills.
[Oct 27, 8:20 AM] AshleyBigFlavors: Absolutely @Stacey!
[Oct 27, 8:20 AM] Debra Rosenblatt Klein: so smart….do you have info link on tethering…like what cable to get, etc.
[Oct 27, 8:20 AM] Gunjan : How do I handle shadows if I use artificial lighting
[Oct 27, 8:20 AM] Ginni Kelley: @Lauren – thank you, I am going to explore and experiment with complimentary colours.
[Oct 27, 8:20 AM] Lauren Short: @ Debra, yes here you go: https://foodphotographyacademy.co/blog/shoot-tethered-food-photography/
[Oct 27, 8:21 AM] Jena Carlin: Hey Lauren!! So great to see you! <3 [Oct 27, 8:21 AM] Debra Rosenblatt Klein: thanks...I'll check that out after this session. [Oct 27, 8:21 AM] Lauren Short: @Gunjan, really in the same way you do with natural light, You can use fill cards (white foam core for example, to bounce light back in to lift shadows), or negative fill to deepend them [Oct 27, 8:21 AM] Lauren Short: @Jena hi!! [Oct 27, 8:22 AM] Gunjan : Thank you @Lauren [Oct 27, 8:24 AM] staceybrugeman: Lauren: I am a novice when it comes to photography. Can you help me understand why shooting overhead, straight down, often yields a better shot—for now, until I learn more? Is it because I'm not fighting shadows? Am I right to lean on such techniques/cheats for now? Any other foolproof tips for beginners? [Oct 27, 8:25 AM] Kathy Dicken: What is a softbox? 🙂 [Oct 27, 8:25 AM] Julie: I am totally fan-girling over here. Lauren and Jen in the chatroll! Eeek! You ladies are inspiring and great teachers. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us! [Oct 27, 8:26 AM] AshleyBigFlavors: I need to shoot some cocktails soon - I don't shoot with backlight very often [Oct 27, 8:27 AM] Jena Carlin: Backlighting is so much fun! [Oct 27, 8:27 AM] Lauren Short: @Stacey, it's definitely easier composition wise, and it's TOTALLY fine to fall on what you feel comfortable with while you're still learning, just make sure you challenge yourself nw and again [Oct 27, 8:27 AM] Lauren Short: @Julie awww hi!! [Oct 27, 8:27 AM] Debra Rosenblatt Klein: thank you!!! [Oct 27, 8:28 AM] Lauren Short: @Ashley cocktails are PERFECT for backlight [Oct 27, 8:28 AM] TheRedheadBaker: Ooh, I'm shooting a cocktail this week, I'll have to try this technique. [Oct 27, 8:29 AM] AshleyBigFlavors: Now if my husband can just stop breaking our cocktail glasses... LOL [Oct 27, 8:29 AM] Lauren Short: Haha that's ALWAYS the biggest challenge, we are down to 1 champagne glass over here haha [Oct 27, 8:30 AM] Tara Wright: So, capture one 20 is software, correct? [Oct 27, 8:31 AM] AshleyBigFlavors: LOL @ Lauren!! [Oct 27, 8:32 AM] Gitta Grether-Sweeney: Thank you Lauren! I am going to try using the overlays. [Oct 27, 8:32 AM] TheRedheadBaker: Thank you, Lauren! [Oct 27, 8:33 AM] Brittany Roche: This was such an amazing lesson. Thank you! [Oct 27, 8:33 AM] Cathy Brak: Thank you so much, Lauren! This has been fabulous! [Oct 27, 8:33 AM] Helen: Thank you for your tips. Very helpful. Organized also. [Oct 27, 8:33 AM] spabettie: thank you SO MUCH. this was a fantastic session! 💚 [Oct 27, 8:34 AM] A Red Spatula: Thank you so much! I am feeling inspired! [Oct 27, 8:34 AM] Jena Carlin: Beautiful presentation, Lauren! [Oct 27, 8:34 AM] AshleyBigFlavors: Love the idea of having a video conference while shooting for a client! [Oct 27, 8:36 AM] Ginni Kelley: Thank you - that was a lovely presentation, very useful and so informative! [Oct 27, 8:36 AM] Lauren Short: I'm SO happy you all enjoyed it, it's been such a pleasure [Oct 27, 8:36 AM] Lauren Short: Thanks @Jena, can't wait to watch yours too! [Oct 27, 8:38 AM] Amy Shen: Thanks Lauren, this has been super helpful and I can't wait to try some of these techniques! [Oct 27, 8:39 AM] Lauren Short: so glad Amy! [Oct 27, 8:41 AM] Tara Wright: The link for Food Photography Academy is broken on the PDF, FYI. [Oct 27, 8:41 AM] David Salvatore: THANK YOU, LAUREN! [Oct 27, 8:42 AM] staceybrugeman: I'm still listening, but this is great. THANK YOU, Lauren. [Oct 27, 8:42 AM] Guest3344: Thank you so much, that was really inspiring. [Oct 27, 8:48 AM] Jane: Awesome presentation! Thank you. [Oct 27, 8:52 AM] Jane: The link to the food photography academy does not work. [Oct 27, 8:54 AM] Jena Carlin: The link on this page is working for me... https://members.foodphotographyacademy.co/ [Oct 27, 9:01 AM] Jane: Thanks, it shows a 404 error for me. Your link works , thank you! [Oct 27, 9:14 AM] Dianne Sallee: Looking forward to this presentation!! 💫🌟✨ [Oct 27, 9:55 AM] Annelien Pienaar: As always from an amazing teacher, Lauren. Brilliant presentation packed with info. Your program has taught me a great deal to go pro. [Oct 27, 10:20 AM] Charity Beth Long: Excellent presentation. Thanks Lauren! [Oct 27, 11:27 AM] Guest2701: Could you active the subtitles in the videos, please. Thank you! [Oct 27, 12:26 PM] Ladyofashion: Amazing and great explanations! 🙂
[Oct 27, 8:00 AM] Skye H: Good morning