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Leo Gong - The Art of Food Photography
Blue Sky Studio
San Francisco, CA
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Join Leo Gong (photographer) and Heidi Gintner (food stylist) as they take you on an adventure in food styling and photography.  Leave with a better understanding of light, composition and the all important food styling and usage of props.  You will also walk away with some amazing images for your portfolio.

Please bring your camera and any lenses you want to use.  A tri-pod (if you have one) and a notepad and pen for taking notes.

$225 for 8 hour workshop

Session break down:

9 - 12
Lecture / Slideshow
Dissect some of Leo's images and discuss the important elements in food photography such as:

1. Light
How to use (and manipulate) natural light
Understanding the different qualities of light, ie. how color temperature affects your images

2. Finding the best composition for your recipes

3. Choosing the best depth of field

4. Bounce boards

5. Gobos / Flags

6. Selecting props for your shots

7. Styling food for the camera

8.  The importance of working with a stylist (what is their role in the creative process) and how to go about finding one when you are starting out in the business

12 - 1
Break for Lunch  (Please bring your own lunch so we can eat as a group in the studio)

1 - 4
Students style food and shoot in groups.

There will be 10 groups of 3 photographers (ten shooting stations in all).  You will style and shoot the following:

Savory Tartlets
Moroccan Spice Rub Free Range Chicken Breast
Arugula Salad
Mini Cupcakes

4 - 5
Mix and mingle and any additional questions for Leo or Heidi

Born and raised in "The Outer Lands" of San Francisco, Leo combines many skills and talents to make him a sought-after photographer for media and manufacturers. Leo earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in commercial photography from the Academy of Art University. International travel has broadened his exposure to different cultures and cuisines of the world.

Leo opened his own studio in 1998. He says that "photographing food is just my way of playing with light."

Leo's clients have included Bon Appetit, Sunset, Better Homes & Gardens magazines, book publishers like Chronicle and Ten Speed Press, manufacturers like Williams-Sonoma, Kikkoman, Smucker's, Sutter Homes and Lawry's, and agricultural products like Ocean Spray Cranberries, Diamond of California, Foster Farms and the Alaska Seafood Association.

Heidi Gintner (food stylist)

Clients include:  Bon Appetit, Food Network, Ghirardelli Chocolate, HGTV, Jamba Juice, Kashi, Ladies Home Journal, Sunset Publications, Wild Oats, Williams Sonoma, etc.

A BIG thank you to Carol Hacker of Table Prop for supplying our amazing props for the day!
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Blue Sky Studio (View)
2325 Third St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
United States

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Arts > Visual
Education > Classes
Education > Workshops
Food > Sweets

Minimum Age: 16
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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