Attending the A Table for Two - Food Photography Workshop has to be one of the better life decisions I have made. Not only was I able to learn alot - I was also able to eat! Billy @ A Table for Two probably thought I was a mad woman when I desperately answered his tweet one afternoon. "One spot left for this weekends photography workshop" - I was on a mission! Luckily, I got the spot last minute!
I often stalk many blogs on my lunch break and admire their photography as much as I enjoy reading their stories and reviews. Food has to be aesthetically pleasing as well as delicious, and more often than not I am drawn to beautifully arranged dishes. I am still a newbie when it comes to both blogging and photography, but I want to share some half decent photo's with you guys and do both the restaurants and dishes some justice.
Look at this yummy spread! Without the tips and tricks I learnt at the workshop, my photo's would not do the food any justice at all. There was a good selection of food - our models for the afternoon. We all snapped away like maniacs once all the share plates started to arrive. We shared some yummy Jamon, a sourdough herbed bread with dips, potatoes cooked in duck fat - the food just kept on coming! It was very surreal being in a restaurant with fellow food bloggers and photographers who unashamedly snapped away at the food - normal behaviour!
Throughout the 3 1/2 hour class we went through different topics ranging from Camera settings, Setting up the scene, Photo Editing, Copyright Information, Optimizing photo's for your blog and just discussing handy tips when shooting food. Lots to learn indeed - but everything was hands on and Billy was great at explaining everything and made it seem as easy as pie. It was very refreshing being around like minded people who are pretty much as food obsessed as I am - and who were happy to keep snapping until the food got cold. Luckily for us the shared dishes were staggered throughout the course. Hello fellow food blogging friends - Rhonda, Ja, Ashley, Sam and Evita!
We had some Cheesy Chorizo and some grilled marinated organic chicken, a delicious Cherry Tomato and Feta salad and a very yummy Grass fed seared T-Bone served with green beans. All the dishes very very tasty and it was a good selection of dishes and flavours. There was definitely something for everyone on offer. My favourite were the Crispy Sichuan prawns, I could not get enough!
And now for dessert. As pretty as it was, it didn't last very long in that perfectly arranged state on our side of the table. We demolished the platter!
Im not usually a fan of pavlova or passionfruit, but the Mumu Grill version gets my vote. The chocolate torte was also attacked by all - you snooze you loose!
I learnt so much at this workshop, as tempting as it is to leave the dslr camera at home and take discreet photos with your iphone, it sometimes lacks the detail and magic. And yes, the iphone habit is hard to break but from now on I want to show the full food experience by making more of an effort with the photos. Its about sitting at your desk, wanting to lick the screen. That is what I hope to achieve with you guys after attending this workshop, and practice makes perfect right? The course costs $85 pp, including lunch and drinks - and a lunch alone with fellow foodies is worth the money. A big thank you again to Billy and Mumu Grill for having us. Sign up for the class and check out Billy's amazing work here.