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Become a food photographer

online Bootcamp
Launch a new career as a professional Food Photographer. Get job-ready skills and a perfectly polished portfolio to start immediately with successful freelance shoots for social media, books, food blogs and restaurant ads.
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PREREQUISITES
4 Months
5-10 hrs/week
May 21, 2022
Mirorless or DSLR Camera & basic photography knowledge
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Prerequisites you needed
Any Mirorless or DSLR Camera with telephoto lens such as:
  1. For Canon: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens
  2. For Fujifilm: FUJIFILM XF 80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro Lens
  3. For Nikon: Nikon NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S Macro Lens
  4. For Sony: Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens

Note: We do not recommend any specific camera or lens model. There is no good or bad camera for food photography, it's all individual. The best camera is the one you have and it gives you an opportunity to start learning today.

Objective criteria for camera lens in food photography are: 
  • it`s suitable for your camera;
  • the focal length varies from 60mm to 135mm;
  • macro mode;
  • prime lens is perfect, but zoom lens is good too.

Basic photography knowledge — you know such primary photography theory as:
  • technical features of the camera and its` construction;
  • exposure: aperture, shutter speed, ISO. You know how to deal with semi-automatic or manual mode;
  • basics of light pattern: what is soft and hard light, what is drawing light, fill light, backlight and background light;

During the first month of bootcamp you need to get the following lighting equipment: strobe or continuous light source, synchronizer, stand, softbox (the approximate cost of the kit is $500-800). More information on manufacturers and the best lighting kit options can be found in the training programme.

What is your goal?

Choose your option
Food-Photographer
Food-Blogger
Restaurateur & Chef & Food Company
A food photographer has a direct impact on increasing the income of a restaurant, food company, or food blog. He or she can create the visual concept for the food brand and invent a new image for them.
To bring customers to restaurants, cafes, hotels; to bring customers to cookbook authors; to promote food bloggers; to create an advertising image for food brands.
The food photographer`s main tasks are:
beginner
expert
professional
$2000+
Per photo shoot
$4500+
Per photo shoot
$7000+
Per photo shoot
A food blogger can develop his or her own brand as a cook, recipe creator, food critic or journalist, as well as make promotions for other brands on his or her social media platforms or websites, helping the brands find new customers.
To show high level of expertise; to gain the trust of the audience and constantly maintain it; to expand the audience through the development of their personal skills; to create high-quality advertising for food brands and products that will bring new customers to them.
The food blogger`s main tasks are:
First year
second year
third year
$3000+
Per month
$8000+
Per month
$15000+
Per month
Do you have a family restaurant or small business? Are you not planning on having a budget for the marketing team right now? Restaurateurs, chefs, and food companies can take their own photos and use them for advertising banners, social media, and magazine publications.
To show your customers exactly what they should expect, and ensure the real dish doesn’t deviate from this; to give restaurants a great opportunity to convey their brand image in order to make business attractive to bloggers, critics and journalists; to use food photos to boost SEO rankings thereby increasing target audience visibility.
The entrepreneur`s and chef`s main tasks are:
Food photography can increase marketing
17% more
Photos on your menu boost sales to
24% more
If you add pictures to your content,
As for food companies, for example, say you are the owner of a food company that bakes confectionery. Or perhaps you own a shop of any kind of food products. There are a lot of variants. Either way, if you need quality food photography to grow your business and want to learn how to do it, this bootcamp is for you.
you stand to get
effectiveness by a factor of

How you get the goal with us

Learn the curriculum created by the best photographers, retouch masters and coaches. They spent months evaluating, writing and curating our library of lessons. You get only on trend tips and rules retrieved in accordance with more than 15 years of experience by leaders of the industry. Learn only what you need in the real world. Content is continually reviewed and updated to ensure our resources remain current and relevant.

Syllabus by Top-Rated Photographers

Project-based learning encourages you to put your knowledge and skills into practice immediately. It is the easiest way to get ready for your new career. Real-world projects increase your prospects of being selected by customers and entering the photography job market faster than others.

Hands-on Projects

Your talent is unique. Verify your core competencies through personalized feedback. Get professional reviews of your works and projects online, personal guidance, technical assistance and more. We dig deep to find an appropriate feedback response that gives you courage for the great results. Thanks to project-based learning and qualified feedback you get a perfectly polished portfolio.

Vibrant Feedback

Impress your clients with a professional portfolio. We build our curriculum around portfolio design so that you work on a portfolio throughout the program. At the end of the bootcamp you get a full collection of projects that showcase your skills, so you can construct a unique personal brand and truly stand out from the crowd of photographers.

Job-Ready Portfolio

Our online classes is not only about lessons and tests. The biggest part is practice through creative assignments and real-world projects that give you skills to start a freelance career in a global market.

Look Inside Our Highly-Vetted Curriculum

CURRICULUM
Lessons
30%
Collaborative Learning Process
20%
4 months
Practice
50%
Here is what you will learn:
Unit 1: The Profession of a Food Photographer. Equipment, Planning, Team
Find out who a food photographer is, what he or she does, and how much he or she can earn. Determine what kind of camera and lens you need to start your career, as well as studio and additional equipment. 

Learn about the algorithms for planning a food photo shoot and selecting a team. Learn how to manage the processes on set, automate, prepare accessories, and build logistics.
Unit 2: Natural Light Photography
Learn how to take food shots using natural light and different focal lengths. Practice with composition assignments on a simple mobile phone photoshoot. 

Explore the use of slow shutter speed with natural light and learn how to take photos of food in a restaurant with a combination of natural and artificial light.
Unit 3: One Light Source Photography
Learn how to use a polarizing filter to take food photos. Know how to photograph food with the chef's hands in the frame. Practice shooting doughnuts, bananas, and currants with one light source. Gain skills in light patterns and simple compositions. Learn how to perform a step-by-step photo shoot for a cooking blog or book. Get the knowledge of how to create high- and low-key shots with one light source.
Unit 4: Two Light Sources Photography
Learn how to take photos of dishes on a white background with two light sources. Explore shooting with a macro lens and the abstraction technique. Learn how to take photos of glittering cutlery and burning steak coals. Practice on a simple composition with two light sources. Try your new skills on shooting drinks and desserts with the help of references — mulled wine and chocolates.

Learn how to storytell with hard light. Explore the ways to work with the volume to engage your viewers even more.
Unit 5: Storytelling. Special Effects and Complex Compositions
Create your own "alchemist's laboratory" in photography. Learn how to freeze liquids with the help of pulse light. How to create a festive mood for the New Year's shooting. Practice with promotional photos of limoncello drink. Make your own project of shooting beer with three light sources. Learn how to tell a fragrance photo story for a perfume commercial.

Start your project for a restaurant menu shoot. Work with a spectacular fast food assignment. Learn how to take more than 70 photos of restaurant dishes in two days.
Unit 6: Examination Assignments
Create your own graduation project and take the final test. Get the Certificate and make a huge career leap.

We use real-world projects to boost your talent

Our curriculum is based on real-life projects that reproduce the conditions of work with clients. Shoot from basic to trendy food photography cases to tackle big professional challenges. We guarantee you will put all these cases into your perfectly polished portfolio.
Chocolate & Sweets
Try to make chocolate stable and clean for product shoots.
Juicy Steak
Learn how to work with meat on fire and hot charcoal special effects.
Hot Mulled Wine
Know how to tell stories using classic images of wither drinks and spices.
Glass of Lemonade
Practice working with icy drinks and cold glasses.
Shiny Kitchen Tools
Know how to deal with tricky mirroring tools like cooking pans, fancy plates, knives and forks.
Fruits & Berries
Learn how to work with greens to keep them juicy and fresh for shoots.
Сhristmas Party
Try your new skills in special effects to create the shoot for the Christmas festive dinner.
Junk Food
Learn how to create a creative composition with lots of junk food such as chips, snacks, hotdogs, sweets and popcorn.
Every online class with step-to-step instructions can be used as a case. Add there practical assignments after every unit – and you got a rich portfolio for your Upwork, Fiverr or Behance profile.

Feedback is the key to perfection

Every step of your learning journey is fulfiled with tons of feedback to ensure your brilliant results. We provide personalized advice. Professional reviews. Emotional support. Our Mentors are always in touch with you.
projects reviewed
hours of feedback sessions
photography advises given
1000+
10 000+
Student Advisor Review
  • One-to-one feedback
  • Meet-ups and brainstorming sessions
  • Unlimited feedback loop
  • Additional resources to grow up
Get highly-qualified feedback on your projects:
Technical Support Service
  • Support for every technical question about tools and platform
  • Fast answers and clear instructions
Be sure about safe and comfortable use of Primeclass platform:
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Mentoring Support
  • Personalized mentoring sessions
  • Project reviews and practical tips
  • Motivation support and career overview
Be in touch with professional photographers to absorb their unique experience.

Program offerings

Bootcamp content
  • Workshops created with experienced photographer
  • Real-world projects
  • Project review
  • Personalized feedback from professional advisors
Student Services
  • Student advisor support
  • Technical advisor support
  • Buddy and small group support
  • Student community
EARN
At the end of the training, you will receive a Certificate of Completion of the program. Primeclass Bootcamp operates under the laws of the state of Delaware, USA. This is one more reason to successfully enter the global job market immediately after training.

A Certificate of Completion

Aleksander Slyadnev

Meet Your Expert
Author of cookbooks. Sold over 25,000 paper copies and 35,000 electronic copies on Amazon. Books are marked by editions:
Author of publications in international and domestic publications:
I have not always been a famous and popular photographer. I had a time when I took ordinary, boring photos. For 4 years I tried to study on my own: I read articles on the Internet and watched free video tutorials. But 70% of this information has never been useful to me anywhere. Then I changed my approach – I began to study systematically.

In just one year, everything changed dramatically. Michelin-starred restaurants, top chefs in the world, and companies like McDonald's and Johnnie Walker Red Label
began to invite me to photo shoots. Magazines began to write about me: Saveurs, Forbes, and many others. I was included in the top 100 photographers in the world.

In a year, I grew from a good but ordinary photographer who takes ordinary photos to a world-class photographer with the biggest orders and clients.

And I'm going to share with you my technology. The technology that has allowed me to become one of the best food photographers in the world.
10+
15+
Cooperated with the best Michelin restaurants in Europe and Asia
TOP-100 best food photographers in the world according to the British Journal of Photography
years` in teaching and coaching practice
years` experience in professional photography
I know your struggles!
Our bootcamp program will help answer your questions and inspire you to new food photography projects!
I want to have hundreds of thousands of followers on social media. But my photos don't get even a hundred views! So all my efforts are in vain.
I want to have a photoshoot fee of $7000 or more and have more career opportunities. But I don't know how to create unique photos.
I have a small business and can't afford to hire a photographer. But I need to promote the restaurant on social networks and make promotional materials. I don't know where to start. I can take photos by myself, but I don't know how to do it on a professional level.
I want to develop my style and inspire my clients with amazing photos. But I feel like I'm stuck in one place and don't feel like I'm making any creative progress.
I want to make money using my blog and sell more adverts. But brands don't like the quality of my photos. What can I do if I'm a cook and not a photographer?

To manage the viewer's emotions to create an atmosphere in the frame through story, technical aspects, and marketing techniques.

THE MAIN SECRET FOR FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY IS
I'll share my experience with you: I'll teach you about storytelling in food photography, show you how to work with light and composition, and explain how to use psychology and marketing in your works. In the works that can increase the sales conversion rate for your clients by 4-6%.
Practicing and working constantly with the best restaurants in the world, I've created a formula for a successful photography. A photo that increases the sales conversion rate in a restaurant by 4-6%. Ask a chef you know, and they will tell you that's a lot.

Six more reasons to get food-photography skill

An opportunity to be independent

Food needs professionals everywhere

Meet interesting people

Working with big food brands

You can see the world. No, you WILL see the world!

Comfy distributed work from home

Food photographers often work for publishers, big food brands or restaurants, but even more often a food photographer is self-employed. Knowing how to create successful food photos allows you to work when and where you want.
The food photographer is constantly socializing. With gastronomic stars who have conquered the world with their dishes, successful restaurateurs and the most famous food bloggers. And food photographers always learn from these people. They learn about the life, about success. And that's very cool.
Food photography is for everyone! If you have special health conditions or if you find it difficult to leave the house due to physical limitations, choosing a career as a food photographer or food blogger is the way to go. Get clients online and make shoots for them from your home, develop your own food blog or publish your own cookbook — it's easy.
You want to see your photos on the covers of the best magazines, to tell your friends and family as you drive by street ads: “Look, that's my shot!” It's easy. Deal with the big brands in the grocery industry. And have fun with the result of your collaboration.
Therefore, if you can't sit still, you can become a gastronomic nomad. Flying from city to city, country to country and shooting food everywhere. One day you will make photos for a Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris, the next — you will report on the culinary highlights of a lonely island in Thailand.
People love to cook. People love to eat. All over the world. That's why food photography will always be relevant. Food photos are essential for menus and advertising, packaging and books, blogs and social media. If you know how to use food photography, you will always be in demand

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Our students are doing great!

Maria Sokor
Why did I choose food photography? Because of all the genres of photography, food photography interested me the most. Food photography provides an infinity of experiments with light, angle, staging. And this is one of the reasons for creative people and protection from burnout.

I try to absorb as much knowledge as possible from different professionals. Alexander has his own unique style, his own natural, not artificial naturalness, which really interested me.

While studying at an online university, I streamlined the knowledge that I had, and also received a lot of things that I didn’t know, for example, how to create a book, how to look for customers abroad. Thanks to the assignments on the course, I gained more experience and self-confidence.
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Dmitry Kim
I saw an advertisement for free workshops from Alexander Slyadnev over a year ago on Instagram. I registered first on them, then I started training on a full-fledged Program. I studied basic information about everything: portrait photography, food photography, subject and interior photography, technical features, retouching, camera settings, etc.

I began to explore all possible directions. After a couple of months of study, I realized that I had favorites: portrait and food photography. I began to work more diligently on them: to take photographs, to do retouching, to follow interesting photographers in this particular direction.

After completing the training, or even during it, a huge world of possibilities opened up before me. If you actively follow new vacancies for the profession "‎photographer", you will definitely find something that you will like.
Before
AFTER
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Maxim Svyativoda
When I first entered the course with Sasha, food photography was something unknown and distant for me. Even though I'm a chef..

As I expanded my studies, in an online university - I discovered something more than just food photography! I opened my soul. Soul like a photographer! And every day of my training, I discover a new shooting technique, I learn how this or that frame was shot. Come up with a compositionally complex frame - please. But I am learning...
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AFTER
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Liana Ruchka
The result is not long in coming, and with each month of training my work only gets better, which is good news. A good result motivates you to move on in your studies, not to stop in your development and work on yourself. Portfolio is gradually updated with new photos.
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Olga Kudryavtseva
I have always loved photography and cooking. In 2018, I started sharing recipes on Instagram. I couldn't take pictures like that. that were in my head, so I started to study food photography. I chose Alexander Slyadnev's course because I liked his work, his approach to learning and the fact that he is also from Ukraine.

I got a good base in photography on the course (and not only in food photography). I learned how to embody my ideas and make the shots that I wanted. I have also written and published my own cookbook.
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Our students are doing great!

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Olga Kudryavtseva
I have always loved photography and cooking. In 2018, I started sharing recipes on Instagram. I couldn't take pictures like that. that were in my head, so I started to study food photography. I chose Alexander Slyadnev's course because I liked his work, his approach to learning and the fact that he is also from Ukraine.

I got a good base in photography on the course (and not only in food photography). I learned how to embody my ideas and make the shots that I wanted. I have also written and published my own cookbook.
Before
AFTER
Before
AFTER
Why did I choose food photography? Because of all the genres of photography, food photography interested me the most. Food photography provides an infinity of experiments with light, angle, staging. And this is one of the reasons for creative people and protection from burnout.

I try to absorb as much knowledge as possible from different professionals. Alexander has his own unique style, his own natural, not artificial naturalness, which really interested me.

While studying at an online university, I streamlined the knowledge that I had, and also received a lot of things that I didn’t know, for example, how to create a book, how to look for customers abroad. Thanks to the assignments on the course, I gained more experience and self-confidence.
Maria Sokor
Before
Before
AFTER
AFTER
I saw an advertisement for free workshops from Alexander Slyadnev over a year ago on Instagram. I registered first on them, then I started training on a full-fledged Program. I studied basic information about everything: portrait photography, food photography, subject and interior photography, technical features, retouching, camera settings, etc.

I began to explore all possible directions. After a couple of months of study, I realized that I had favorites: portrait and food photography. I began to work more diligently on them: to take photographs, to do retouching, to follow interesting photographers in this particular direction.

After completing the training, or even during it, a huge world of possibilities opened up before me. If you actively follow new vacancies for the profession "‎photographer", you will definitely find something that you will like.
Dmitry Kim
Before
Before
AFTER
AFTER
When I first entered the course with Sasha, food photography was something unknown and distant for me. Even though I'm a chef..

As I expanded my studies, in an online university - I discovered something more than just food photography! I opened my soul. Soul like a photographer! And every day of my training, I discover a new shooting technique, I learn how this or that frame was shot. Come up with a compositionally complex frame - please. But I am learning...
Maxim Svyativoda