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Launch a lucrative career as a food photographer

online Bootcamp
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
You own a mirrorless or DSLR camera and have just basic photography knowledge
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Get access to the classroom immediately on enrollment.
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 key 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 program.

What is your goal?

Choose Your Adventure
Food-Photographer
Food-Blogger
Restaurateur & Chef & Food Company
As a food photographer, you’ll be able to have a direct impact on increasing the income of a restaurant, food company, or food blog. You’ll also be able to create the visual concept for the brand, then all the images will work together to advance the business.
beginner
expert
professional
$2,000+
Per photo shoot
$4,500+
Per photo shoot
$7,000+
Per photo shoot
As a food blogger, you can ’ll develop your own brand as a cook, recipe creator, food critic, or journalist – as well as cross promote other brands – using social media, websites, newsletters, books, and more, bringing crowds of new customers to the brands.
First year
second year
third year
$3,000+
Per month
$8,000+
Per month
$15,000+
Per month
As the owner or a partner in a family restaurant or small business, you’ll be able to take charge of marketing personally – including the luxurious imagery you learn to create for ads, social media, menus, blogs, print publications, and more.
by 17%
Photos on a menu boosts sales
by 24%
Adding images to content gets
Food photography increases marketing effectiveness

Primeclass empowers you to reach your goal

Learn from the best photographers, photography coaches, and image editors. You get only expert, up-to-date instruction – and only what you need in the real world. Our experts continually review and update the lessons to keep them current and relevant.

Learn from top-rated photographers

Project-based learning – the most natural way to launch your new career – lets you use your knowledge and skills immediately. Real-world projects make you stand out to prospective clients so that you hit the ground running and enter the market fast.

Hands-on Projects

Your talent is unique. Get professional reviews, personal guidance, and technical assistance on your projects. Our respectful, knowledgeable experts dig deep to provide targeted feedback that results in your perfectly polished portfolio.

Personalized, expert feedback

Impress your clients with a professional portfolio, even before you finish the course. We build your curriculum around portfolio design so that you continually build an impressive portfolio. At the end of the course you have created a complete collection of projects that showcase your skills, enabling you to construct a unique personal style and brand – and truly stand out from the crowd.

Job-Ready Portfolio

Our online classes are not about FAR MORE than lessons and tests. The lion’s share is collaborative learning and practice through creative assignments and real-world projects – giving you all skills to start a freelance career in a global market.

Peek Inside Our Highly-Vetted Bootcamp

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
Discover just what a food photographer is, what you’ll do, and how much you can earn. Determine what kind of camera and lens you need to start your career, as well what you need in a studio and additional equipment. 

Learn about the algorithms for planning a food photo shoot, and how to select a team. Learn how to manage the photo shoot on set, and how to automate processes, prepare accessories, and handle 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 using a combination of natural and artificial light.
Unit 3: One Light Source Photography
Learn how to use a polarizing filter to take food photos, and how to photograph food with the chef's hands in the frame. Practice shooting doughnuts, bananas, and currants with one light source while you gain skill 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 while shooting drinks and desserts with the help of references — mulled wine and chocolates.

Learn how to tell a story using hard light. Explore ways of working with 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, and how to create a festive mood for Christmas shots. Practice with promotional photos of limoncello. Delve into 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. Earn the Certificate and take the first huge step into your new career.

We use real-world projects to boost your talent

Our curriculum is based on real-life projects that reproduce the conditions of real work in the real world with real clients. You’ll shoot everything from basic and trendy to advanced professional challenges. At the end of the course, you’ll have a perfectly polished, individualized, professional portfolio.
Chocolate & Sweets
Learn to make chocolate look as delicious as it is in any product shoot.
Juicy Steak
Learn how to work with meat on fire and create hot charcoal special effects.
Hot Mulled Wine
Discover the secrets of telling a story using classic images of winter drinks and spices.
Glass of Lemonade
Learn how to make icy drinks and cold glass look tantalizing.
Shiny Kitchen Tools
Learn how to deal with tricky mirroring surfaces like cooking pans, fancy plates, knives and forks.
Fruits & Berries
Learn the tricks of keeping fruits, berries, and greens juicy and fresh for photo shoots.
Сhristmas Party
Use your new skills in special effects to create a shoot for a festive Christmas dinner.
Comfort Food
Learn to craft creative compositions of chips, snacks, hotdogs, sweets and popcorn.
Every online class with step-by-step instructions is a new project. Plus, you get practical assignments in every unit. It all results in an extensive, rich portfolio for your UpWork, Fiverr or Behance profile.

Our mentoring feedback is the key to your perfection

Every step of your learning journey is filled with consistent, detailed feedback to ensure you learn rapidly and progress brilliantly. We respond to you with personalized feedback and advice. With professional reviews and emotional support and encouragement, our Mentors are always there for you.
projects reviewed
hours of feedback given
photography advises given
1,000+
10,000+
Student Advisor Review
  • One-to-one feedback
  • Meet-ups and brainstorming sessions
  • Unlimited feedback loop
  • Additional resources for growth
Get highly-qualified feedback on your projects:
Technical Support Service
  • Support for every technical question about the tools and the platform
  • Fast answers and clear instructions
Get the user-friendly, full supported experience of using the Primeclass platform:
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Mentoring Support
  • Personalized mentoring sessions
  • Project reviews and practical tips
  • Motivation support and career overview
Benefit from the support of professional photographers, and their years of experience:

Program offerings

Bootcamp content
  • Workshops created with experienced photographers
  • Real-world projects
  • Project reviews
  • Personalized feedback from professional advisors
Student Services
  • Student advisor support
  • Technical advisor support
  • Study Buddy and Small Group support
  • Student community
EARN
At the end of the training, you’ll 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 you’ll 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 articles and other publications in world-famous international and domestic publications:
Hi, I’m Aleksander. I’ve not always been a famous and popular photographer. I had a time when I took ordinary, boring photos. And for 4 years I tried to study on my own: I read articles on the Internet. I watched free video tutorials. I even read photography books. But 70% of that disorganized, unsystematic information was never useful to me. At all. 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 inviting me to photo shoots. Magazines began to write about me: Saveurs, Forbes, and many others.

I was even included in the top 100 photographers in the world. In just one 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 name recognition. And I'm going to share with you my techniques. The same techniques that have allowed me to become one of the best and most successful food photographers in the world.
10+
15+
Has worked with some of the best Michelin restaurants in Europe and Asia
TOP-100 best food photographers in the world, according to the British Journal of Photography
Years’ experience in teaching and coaching photographers like you
Years’ experience in professional photography
I know your struggles!
Our bootcamp program empowers you to break out of these struggles with concrete instruction and skills.
I need to have hundreds of thousands of followers on social media. But my photos don't get even a hundred views! So it all feels like a total waste!
I want to command a photoshoot fee of $7,000 or more, and have more career opportunities. If I could just learn 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 stuck and like I'm not making any creative progress.
I want to make money as a social media influencer or blogger. 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 in order to create an atmosphere in the frame through story, technical aspects, and marketing techniques.

The secret of successful food photography is…
I'll share it all 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 photography – photography that can increase 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 successful photography. A photo that increases the sales conversion rate in a restaurant by 4-6%. (Ask any chef you know, and they will tell you that's huge.)

Six more reasons to acquire food photography skills

Be independent

People need food, and food needs professional photographers

Meet interesting people

Show off your work with big brands

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

Take comfortable, remote 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 you’ll constantly learn from these people about 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 can see your photos on the covers of the best magazines, and tell your friends and family as you drive past billboards: “Look, I did that!” All because you learned the secrets of dealing with big brands in the food and grocery industry, collaborating with them to create works of art that grace magazines, billboards, and more.
Become a gastronomic nomad. Flying from city to city, country to country and shooting food everywhere. One day you’ll create photos for a Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris. The next, you’ll 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.
Before
AFTER
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AFTER
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
Before
AFTER
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...
Before
AFTER
Before
AFTER
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.
Before
AFTER
Before
AFTER
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
Before
Before
AFTER
AFTER
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.
Liana Ruchka
Before
Before
AFTER
AFTER