Basic Food Photography

One Thursday not too long ago, the photo sharing site Instagram had its biggest traffic day in history. There were millions of pictures shared, all mentioning one particular topic: Thanksgiving. People around the country eagerly picked up their iPhones to share pictures of holiday dishes.

Thanks to Instagram and Pinterest, food photography is now a big deal. And learning to take great food pictures can have a huge impact. No one knows this better than me…

In less than a year, this One Ingredient Chef website grew from a few visits a day to over 100,000 monthly views. The vast majority of this growth came after I invested the time in learning how to take and share great food pictures that really connect with people.

I get questions regularly from readers wanting to take better pictures, but food photography is simply too deep to be covered in an email, blog post, or short ebook. To truly help you develop the lasting skills of taking stunning food photos, I wanted to design the complete package, an in-depth course that brings together all the “ingredients” of food photography; from food styling, to scene composition, to lighting and camera, to editing, and even social sharing in ways that get your pictures noticed.

So today, I could not be more excited to announce the launch of Basic Food Photography – an online course that teaches you how to take delicious photos from scratch. In this course, you’ll have access to over 27 lessons presented in 5.5 hours of video presentations and live screencasts that walk you through the artistic and technical aspects of taking stunning food photos.

As you move through the material in Basic Food Photography, you will gain the skills and confidence to take stunning food photos even if you’ve never picked up a camera before.

To make learning this skill super easy, Basic Food Photography has been created in partnership with, the premier online learning platform. Udemy makes it easier than ever to go through this material and learn these skills. You will have lifetime access to all 27 video lessons, homework assignments, a 17-page quick reference guide, and a Q&A system that gives you direct access to me for personalized instruction and feedback. You can go through these lessons at your own pace and reference the material again and again – it’s the perfect platform and format to help you learn food photography quickly.

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What You’ll Learn

Basic Food Photography is divided into 6 sections that are designed to build upon each other, giving you the skills you need to take delicious food photos…

  • Food Storytelling – Learn to give your pictures power by telling a delicious story through the food and the scene.
  • Food Styling – If the food looks unappealing, so will the photos. Learn to style your food in ways that are photogenic to create stunning pictures.
  • Scene Composition – Compose beautiful and structured food scenes that make best use of lighting, surfaces, accents, and more.
  • Photo Shooting – Learn how to get the most from your equipment (from iPhone to DSLR) to take gorgeous, well-composed food photos every time.
  • Image Processing – The goal with food photos is to make them look realistic. This can be enhanced with 6 key editing effects that you’ll learn how to apply.
  • Sharing – Get recognition for your work by applying techniques that engage the social web around the delicious photos you’ve learned how to create.

Who Should Take This Course?

This course is NOT just for experienced photographers and food bloggers. I designed every element of Basic Food Photography to be immediately accessible to even the most amateur photographer. Whether you simply want to use your iPhone to take better Instagram pictures, or shoot pro-level photos at home, this course guides you through the principles that help you take rewarding food photos regardless of your equipment or experience. As long as you have access to a camera (iPhone, Point & Shoot, or DSLR) and a desire to learn, you’re good to go.

Special Offer for One Ingredient Chef Readers:

Basic Food Photography comes with lifetime access to 5.5 hours of video instruction, a 17-page cheat sheet, and direct Q&A access with me for just $99 to all students at When I started learning food photography, I would have killed to have this type of information at this price.

But for readers of One Ingredient Chef, I’m offering an exclusive discount that brings the price down to just $49. You can use the coupon code ONEINGREDIENT to instantly save a full 50% off the course. Head over to to get all the details:

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Note: the discount is automatically applied through the button above. You can also simply visit and enter ONEINGREDIENT in the coupon code box.

I am so excited to share this course with you – I think you’ll love it and I cannot wait to see the delicious pictures you’re going to take! 🙂

– Andrew

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