The art of food photography

...preparation, styling, lighting

Food Photography course

If you want to take delicious food photography and are searching for professional food styling and food photography knowledge, this course covers everything.

Food Photography and Styling Course includes: Plated Dish of Duck

Before we get started, it's worth asking yourself these questions:

  • Do you truly appreciate food?
  • Can you identify the beauty in any type of food?
  • Can you make a cup of tea look beautiful?
  • Do you know how to tell a story with food?
  • Are you able to identify the best produce?
  • Have you considered what props you need to create a great shot?
  • How many lights do you need to get top results?
  • Can you convey emotion through food?
  • Can you creatively use different elements to enhance your shot?
Cups of tea and feta cheese may seem like an unusual idea for food photography, but together with top food photographer, Anya Pustynnikova, I show you just how to get the very best out of any food item.
Professional Food Stylist and Food Photographer Anya Pustynnikova. Profile Picture

Food stylist & photographer Anya Pustynnikova

Anya Pustynnikova is a terrific food photographer and food stylist based in Moscow, Russia.

In this food photography course and workshop replay Anya is working with me (Karl Taylor) to show you how you can create great food shots with simple gear and minimal lighting.

These setups are so simple you can easily replicate them in your own dining room with not much more than a softbox, some diffusion material, a few reflectors and a 35mm DSLR.

Do your images tell a story?

Each food dish requires a different style.

The dish

What equipment and props does food photography need?


First we get in the kitchen for the food preparation


Depending on you're food, think about props that work with your dishes.


Food evokes emotion, triggers memories and brings people together. In this course you’ll learn the necessary skills that will allow you to tell memorable stories with your images.

Do you know what the most important food photography steps are?

What foods are we photographing in this course

The food

Food photography tips (delicious shots require preparation)

The tricks

Being a food stylist is part of the job of successful food photography

The styling

Perfect Food photography lighting is critical

The lighting

Reviewing the details of a food image

The details

Food photography is about more than just well presented food. I walk you through each step and clearly demonstrate the key areas to focus on to help you achieve amazing results.

Do you understand the nuances of food lighting?

Food photography diffused light sources

Diffused light sources

Food photography point light sources

Point light sources

Food photography multiple light sources

Single vs multiple lights

Food photography alternative light sources

Alternative lighting

The smallest change in lighting can yield major results, which is why it’s crucial you understand lighting. I explain and demonstrate various lighting setups so you can clearly understand the impact and learn the differences.

Can you cut through the confusion of colors and textures to yield the best result?

Food photography - Colour: Contrast vs compliment

Color: Contrast vs compliment

What camera positions to use in food photos

Camera positions

Artificial & alternative food photography lighting

Lighting: Artificial & alternative

Learning perfect Food photography composition

Composition: Lines & space

Every detail is important in food styling, have you trained yourself to notice them?

Food photography comes down to a few key elements to think about, but if you don’t perfect these your images will be found wanting. I show you what to consider and how to truly make your dish the hero of the shot.


  • Story telling: It’s important to tell a story with your photography, but how can you do this?
  • Research and planning: These initial phases are important — without them you’ll have no direction.
  • Powerful props: Your props can make or break your image, don’t let it be the latter.
  • Effective styling: Learn how to effectively style your images to get the best results.
  • Creative lighting: A thorough understanding of lighting will ensure you have the tools to bring your vision to life.
  • Make the most of modifiers: A light is not just a light. Learn what you can achieve with various modifiers.
  • The power of simplicity: Know how to make the greatest impact using what you have on hand.

This course guides you through the smallest details of food photography and provides clear examples of what can be achieved.

“That was Amazing Karl and Anya! Some of the best education on food photography I have ever seen. I love that you went through every little detail to showcase exactly what happens. Great Job!!!”

David Shepherd – KTE Member

“Excellent series of tutorials – Your unsurpassed virtuosity with the lighting and Anya’s excellent food preparation and styling skills together with her obvious understanding of the photographic process made an excellent combination. A really enjoyable and educational series.”

David Bragg, KTE Member

“This is an amazing series, Anya is so good at what she does. Thank both of you for making these videos.”

Glenn Ferriott – KTE Member

“Thank you Karl and Anya. This is the best course I have ever seen.”

Micaela Fiorellini – KTE Member

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Camera Lense Pouches

Plus 1 x Comfort Camera Strap

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Plus 1 x X-Rite Color Check Passport

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Certification and accreditation from Karl Taylor based on your contributed portfolio


About Karl Taylor

Karl Taylor is a professional photographer with over 20 years experience and is commissioned by leading global companies for his precise attention to detail and his exquisite control of light.

Karl’s work covers advertising, beauty and fashion photography for commercial clients. Having started his career in photojournalism he is also comfortable, and actively enjoys, shooting across a range of other genres. His ethos is that ‘variety is the spice of life’ and that the visual philosophies for creating effective images are universal.

Ten years ago Karl also entered the training market and soon became known for his ability to explain complex subjects extremely clearly. His unique way of teaching and clear instruction led him to work for Hasselblad Camera Company, Broncolor Lighting and Adobe as well as appearances on the BBC. His training is also used by universities and education providers around the world.

Karl regularly travels around the globe as an Ambassador and educator for leading players in the industry and his range of courses have become the benchmark for effective, entertaining and inspirational training.

About our courses

Quite simply, Karl Taylor Education offers the most comprehensive and effective platform for photography education. In addition to new courses each month, Karl Taylor Education regularly features live guest interview talk shows, practical demonstrations and member question and answer sessions.

Driven by Karl’s years of experience and attention to detail, the company prides itself on providing the highest quality education, while never losing sight of personal service and affordability. All this is neatly presented in one simple and cost-effective price plan guaranteed to help you with all aspects of photography.

“I’ve never seen anything that comes even close to this video. I was enthralled all the way through, everything, even stuff I thought I knew was explained brilliantly. The hour flew by, in fact it’s the first hour long video I’ve watched all the way through without a break. Thank you Karl, you are giving us value for our $14 many times over.”

Mark Harris – KTE Member

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