Food Photography


Learn how to capture those perfect food moments! In this photography course you will learn – and practice - camera angles including bird’s eye, front on and macro, lighting tricks, choosing the correct lenses, camera settings, and editing techniques for your food photos.  You will practice different styles including rustic and contemporary looks, focussing on the photography techniques that get the best results.  This course commences in the studio then provides the opportunity to practice using real dishes ‘on location’ at The Lincoln Hotel, Carlton. 

Course content

The course will be held on location at The Lincoln Hotel, as well as in a mac computer lab.

You will learn:

• The context of food photography within the food and photographic industries

• What really happens behind the scenes

• Basic presentation and preparation skills for a shoot

• Photography kit for food – best equipment

• Cameras and lenses – how to use them

• Props on a budget

• Planning a mood board/shoot

• Basic styling and presentation

• Photography practice – The Lincoln Hotel

• Editing food shoots

• Presentation of final images to client

Ideal for

Food industry professionals, food lovers, bloggers, photographers, stylists. It would be suited to anyone who would like to:

• Publish photos for a restaurant/café website

• Publish their own cook book

• Create their own professional portfolio

• Publish on a food blog or social media outlet

• Explore a unique photography specialisation

• Gain insight into the food photography industry

More information


This course will give you the basics in photographing food as well as useful editing techniques. You will take away great skills that can be used for everyday use at home and for online or publication applications such as cookbooks.  Please note: the focus of this course is on the role of photographer and not the styling.


This course is suitable for a wide photography skill levels from basic through to intermediate. However, you do need to have good working knowledge of the functions of your DSLR camera, or have completed Introduction to Photography – Level 1: Technical and Aesthetic, or similar.

Materials supplied

All relevant course materials are included.

Materials to bring

  • DSLR camera
  • Tripod (preferably)
  • Drives / USBs
  • Pen & notepaper
  • There is a computer lab, however if you BYO laptop it should have Adobe Bridge and Adobe Photoshop -can obtain 30 day free trial





Participants will be awarded an RMIT Statement of Participation.

Additional notes

Presenter - Sammy Green

Sammy’s passion is food photography and styling. Sammy is the photographer for the mouthwatering cookbook, The Middle Brighton Baths (2014), which features not only the food but also the interiors and exteriors of the building and surrounding land. Sammy enjoys working closely with chefs, owners and many restaurants and cafes to achieve the outcome for their websites, business cards and books. She has recently completed Certificate IV and the Diploma of Photo Imaging at RMIT, and is also skilled in food styling, see her work at


  • I liked learning how to implement my tripod in shoots more. Thanks to Sammy for being a patient and knowledgeable teacher! Alexia

    Sammy is very skilled, knowledgeable, helpful, patient and a fantastic teacher. I loved the course! Katherine

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Available course dates

Saturday 29 June 2019

  • Code S345313
  • Start date 29.06.19
  • End date 29.06.19
  • Hours 7
  • Campus Melbourne
  • Fee $355.00
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Session  Start  End Hours
Sat 29.06.19 09:00am 05:00pm 7.00

Saturday 09 November 2019

  • Code S345313
  • Start date 09.11.19
  • End date 09.11.19
  • Hours 7
  • Campus Melbourne
  • Fee $355.00
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Session  Start  End Hours
Sat 09.11.19 09:00am 05:00pm 7.00

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