IFBC Photography Workshop

For further information on the International Food Bloggers conference visit: http://www.foodista.com/ifbc

Be sure to peruse Todd's work at: www.toddcolemanphotography.com And if you fancy a T.V. treat, set aside 40 minutes and watch Todd compete on The Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen: Chili'd to the Bone. This guy is a cook above all else and that goes a long way in Piggy book.

Todd Coleman

The #IFBC Photography workshop was a conference highlight for all attendees. I can still hear Todd asking “what are you going to do that’s different?” and I’m still excited to search for the answer …

Can I write a food blog without pictures? Write a restaurant review without including a shot of my favourite course? Sure, I can. I can also have a big chocolate chip cookie without having a cold glass of milk to wash it down. But who in their right mind would want to do that?!

It’s been almost a year since I began writing about my Piggy adventures and day by day I continue to learn how valuable a good picture can be; how much it can help you share your dining experience with your readers. But it wasn’t until I attended a Modern Editorial Photography workshop in Seattle (a part of the International Food Bloggers Conference) that I truly realized how stunningly beautiful a food photograph could be. The talented Todd Coleman was the presenter for this session and his photographs had the audience captivated. Details and delicacy, hunger and emotion; he proved with every slide that it all can be conveyed in a picture. Sitting in my seat, my mouth was literally watering.

Previously the Executive Food Editor of Saveur magazine, Todd also photographed and styled the majority of Saveur’s covers. He is a CIA graduate, a writer and he currently holds the position of Creative Director for TastingTable.com. Todd’s presentation guided us through examples of his work: the behind-the-scenes stories, the tricks used to achieve optimal lighting and the child-like playfulness that he believes is so much of what food photography is about. We learned that different angles and textures can provide character to your pictures and highlighting symmetry can have powerful effects. And in the end, perhaps most importantly, Todd reminded us that good photographers will sometimes have to check their politeness at the door: “don’t be afraid to push in and get up close.”

I’ve got a long way to go with my food photography but I’m embracing the challenge. In fact, you’ll see below that I’ve taken a stab at my favourite scene setting tip from Todd: “Thinking Beyond the Table Top.” What do you think, Piggies?









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