Why Great Photography Makes a Huge Difference for Food Bloggers! (+ grab your 20% photo course discount!)

Let’s just say it as it is: people come to your food blog for the photos

Otherwise, how were they drawn to your blog in the first place? Yes, your recipes are out of this world, and your content is unreal, but what brought your readers in to check out your awesome stuff? The photography.

They see that picture of the scrumptious pecan pie you made last Tuesday, and they wanna eat it. Your picture says “get in my belly”, and they can’t control that urge to hit the “read more” button. That’s a fact.

If you’re a food blogger, you know this. You know how important it is to be able to present your readers with an amazing photo that makes them want to read on

If you can add that magic photography touch, you will inevitably end up drawing readers in and showing them how awesome your recipes actually are! I mean, you may have a super duper recipe to share with the world, but if the picture makes it look like dog food.. well, your readers might miss out!

So, get your photography right, brush up on those all-important photo skills, and give your fantastic recipes the sparkle they deserve!

Is food photography some magical ability you were born with? A super special “eye” for composition and lighting? Nope. It can be learnt! Even from bare naked scratch. That’s the great news!

I’m so excited, I can hardly contain myself!

I’ve been invited to attend an amazing food photography class at the wonderful Leiths School of Food and Wine! I am super-excited, as I know it’s gonna make a huge difference in my photography skills, and give a massive quality boost to what I am able to provide for you on the blog!

Leiths offer food photography, food writing and cooking courses that really stand out, and I can’t wait to get stuck into this hugely popular and professional course!

There’s also an awesome deal in this for you! If you book this course and quote “Gluten Free Lifesaver’ you’ll receive a whopping 20% discount! That’s pretty cool! I might see you there! 🙂

Take the trip over to their website and check out the details of the course here: http://www.leiths.com/enthusiasts-courses/food-photography-saturday-course2/

But you need to hurry, as the course starts on Saturday the 13th of June!

Note: I do not receive a commission for this referral. It’s simply a discount offer for the readers of this blog!

Foto by Leiths School of Food and Wine

Foto by Leiths School of Food and Wine

From zero to hero

I don’t know how much you love (or loathe) my food photography, but I’m sure we can agree that photos can MAKE OR BREAK a great food post!

When I started blogging, not only was I a complete and utter blogging novice, I also knew NOTHING about food photography. If you have been unfortunate enough to see some of my early posts, I am sure you’ll agree.

Everything I know about photography, I’ve taught myself. It is possible to take good photos without a lot of technical skills, and you can learn a lot on your own, but there’s nothing like learning from a professional. It’s taken me over two years to get to where I am today, and there’s only so much I can improve with no guidance and instruction. Plus, who wants to wait two whole years to learn something?

Good food photography plays such a massive role in food blogging, that I dare say it can literally take you from zero to hero in the space of a few posts! 

Just take a look at where my food photography started:

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YUCK, right! That definitely doesn’t look as good as it tasted. I mean, that is breaking just about every single rule in the book. I had a mobile phone camera, all guts and no idea. But it was an honest start, and about a year later, the exact same quiche looked like this:

gluten-free salmon impossible quiche

That’s still not a very good picture, and it’s not my best. But it’s not as bad as it used to be, and it’s a great way to illustrate that the exact same dish can look really different with a little bit more skill. Imagine what this could look like if I actually knew what I was doing! 😉

Take charge of your food photography!

Wouldn’t it be nice to make friends with your camera? To be in control of the situation, and not to rely on every outside element falling into place in order to succeed with your photos? Food photography course LeithsThat’s what I want. I want to be the boss of my camera, rather than at its mercy. Because that’s how I feel sometimes, as I yell at the screen: “But why! Why is it still too dark?!”

Not to mention the food styling! The all-important magic touch that takes a photo from just food to “I wanna eat that now!”. It’s so easy to go completely wrong, and sometimes all it would have taken were some small adjustments, brilliant tricks, and a professional eye. Getting the styling right can literally mean the difference between a great shot and an unappetising mess.

Leiths School of Food and Wine offer a whole range of exciting classes, and the one I’m attending has been on my to-do list for ages. Imagine being taught by a food photography expert. Someone who’s pictures have been used in cookbooks by the likes of Mary Berry, Rick Stein and Gizzi Erskine! 

Haven’t got fancy equipment?

No worries! You can turn up to this course with whatever equipment you’ve got. Even a mobile phone if need be! The idea is that you learn to be the best you can be with the equipment you have. Because the best results don’t necessarily depend on the price of your lense or the size of your studio, but rather on your skills, technique and devotion to learning!

This is what Leiths School of Food and Wine have to say about their food photography course:

“We started running photography, food writing and food styling classes to meet the growing demand from bloggers as well as from former and current Diploma students who were interested in these areas of the food industry. To us, food is not just about the process of cooking it, but also the presentation and detail behind it.”

I am super-excited to start this course next Saturday, and I hope that I might meet some of you there!

You can book the course via this link: http://www.leiths.com/enthusiasts-courses/food-photography-saturday-course2/

And don’t forget to quote “Gluten Free Lifesaver” to get your 20% discount!

Note: I do not receive a commission for this referral. It’s simply a discount offer for the readers of this blog!

-Kristine x

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