Foodtography School has helped me to start my carer as a food photographer last year. Today I will tell you all about Foodtography School, was it worth the investment? What did I learn and what I wish I knew before I started. So let’s dive in and let me tell you more about Foodtography School because that’s where it all started! Plus you will get a free Service and Pricing Guide Template to nail your next partnership!
Before we start I just want to let you know that I am Foodtography School affiliate and this post might contain affiliate links. I am honored to be a part of this incredible community and promote Foodtography School which totally changes my past year in the most amazing way possible. That being said, if you decide to sign up for any of the Foodtography School courses or purchase any presets/guide/website template from the Foodtography School website you can get 15% off if you will use code BARBARA. By doing so you will support me and I will get little commission (at no cost to you).
WHAT IS COVERED?
- 01. How Sarah runs her 7-figure food photography business — an exclusive behind-the-scenes look!
- 02. How to start your own thriving food photography business on a budget. AMEN!
- 03. How to master 6 food photography techniques to create stunning photos.
- 04. Sarah go-to editing tips for making your food photography both fab and consistent.
- 05. How to beat the Instagram algorithm and stand out on social media.
- 06. Secret to getting brands to line up to work with you!
- …and tons of other jam-packed info about creating the food photography business you’ve always dreamed of
What is a Foodtography School?
Foodtography School is an online learning course for food enthusiasts and food photographers of all levels and abilities created by Sarah Crawford from Broma Bakery. Through easy-to-watch video content, Sarah walks you through everything you need to know about food photography and starting your own business.
Apart from food photography courses, FS School is selling different guides and presets. Recently Foodtography School also launched amazing Food Blog Templates that will help you to start your own food blog.
What I will cover in this review?
I will discuss the different courses available and which one is the best for you, answer the frequently asked questions I have got over time, and highlight the presets I love the most.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Foodtography School Overview
Foodtography School Units
Foodtography School Review
The Foodtographer’s Starter Pack
15% Discount Sitewide
Free Pricing Guide Template + Photo Critique
Foodtography School Overview
Foodtography School Course is the most favorite, affordable, and comprehensive food photography course out there. This course focuses on not only the photography basics like composition, lighting, and editing but also on the business side of things, marketing, social media, and branding. This is the course I took last year and now this course has been revamped to give you an even more comprehensive experience.
Cost: $587 (with code BARBARA $499) (around £430 or €500)
Foodtography School Units
This course is divided into 7 Units:
1. Fundamentals of Photography
This unit covers the basics of food photography. In this unit, you will learn how to set up your DSLR camera, what is ISO, shutter speed and how to expose your photos. This unit also shows you how to set up Food Photography Scene, how to use Lightroom, and discuss the best props you need as a beginner.
This unit has been so helpful for me in the beginning, especially with the camera settings and understating how a DSLR camera works. Even now I like to rewatch the lectures in this unit to revise all the basics.
The composition unit is in my view the most comprehensive and educative unit in this food photography course. You will learn so much in just a couple of videos which you will use for the rest of your food photography journey. In this unit, you will learn all the core compositional principles, how to capture movement and how you can manipulate different light situations.
This unit has been so helpful, especially when creating a movement photo (like the one below), and help you to understand how you can use different compositional principles in practice.
This unit is all about light. You will learn about different types of lights and how those lights behave. Sarah will also tell you a little secret about the best time to shoot and what window orientation is the best for food photography depending on your photography style (light & bright or dark & moody).
The branding unit will help you to your own personal, unique brand and find your visual voice so you can have beautiful, cohesive food photos. This unit will teach you how branding is important for a successful food photographer and how your unique voice will help you to convey your story.
The editing unit will walk you through Lightroom editing and show the editing process and how bad or good edits look like. You will learn various editing styles like soft and moody, light and bright, or dark and bold.
Oh, my favorite unit of them all! This unit helps me to kick start my editing journey. Before FS School I used Lightroom only while traveling and found it super confusing sometimes. But after watching this unit I have been able to finally understand all the different sliders in Lightroom and really take my editing to another level.
6. SOCIAL MEDIA
In this unit, Sarah will show you how to market yourself effectively and start attracting clients right away. The biggest misconception for many (me included) is that you need to have a huge following to work with brands but let me tell you a little secret. I have been working as a freelance food photographer for over a year now and my IG following is not huge! In fact, my Instagram works just as a portfolio and to connect with my fellow foodie friends.
7. BUSINESS & MARKETING
Unit 7 is probably one that would be really really important for building and scaling your business. This. unit is brand new and I wish I had the ability to watch it when I started out. This unit will help you to understand how to. reach out to a brand, get paid what you are worth, and all the business side of your photography business.
Once you start your food photography you will probably make a lot of mistakes (as I did and still do!) but this unit will really help you to get started and get your name out there.
Who does not like freebies? This course has so much more than just 7 units. You get what you pay for, free styling session, access to a Facebook group that is super helpful and full of kind people!
- 3 LIVE STYLING SESSIONS: PASTA, PIE, AND BROWNIES!
- PRODUCT STYLING SESSION
- DOWNLOADABLE WORKBOOK
- PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP ACCESS
- EXERCISE ASSIGNMENTS FOR EACH UNIT
- EXCLUSIVE STUDENT DISCOUNTS
Foodtography School Review
So as you can see Foodtography School is really comprehensive food photography course that will teach you a lot but is it worth it? What was my experience and how did I improve?
Well to start off let me show you my photos before and after I took Foodtography School.
I know, they speak for themselves. In the first photo, I had no idea what I was doing! I was so lost, I didn’t know how to work in manual mode, where to position my camera and composition? What? During this photoshoot, I had no idea where to start to take a photo as I saw on Instagram.
The picture on the left was taken after 3 months. What is different? I learned these INVALUABLE food photography compositional rules, how to set up my camera (and SO much more) when taking Foodtography School’s namesake course, Foodtography School!
Honestly, Foodtography School was a GAME CHANGER for me. I felt much more confident when shooting and knew exactly where to point my camera. I improved just after taking the Foodtography School Course but really the practice and revising was what helped me to build my own unique style, build a sustainable and profitable photography business, and land clients. It was probably the best investment I made last year, and worth every penny. I have been able to earn more than I paid in just 1 month after taking Foodtography School.
So if you are looking to improve your food photography and would like to build a sustainable business while being flexible, I would absolutely recommend taking Foodtography School! Now is the time, online content creating is booming and brands are looking for photographers more than ever before.
If you already have some experience I would recommend taking the more in-depth course – Advance Foodtography Course.
The Foodtographer’s Starter Pack
So every year Foodtography School Course gives an extra free gift with your purchase and this year it’s the biggest value pack you can get – The Ultimate Foodtographer’s Starter Pack worth over $363!
- iFoodtography School ($117 Value)
The smartphone food photography course.
- Photographer’s Media Kit ($69 Value)
Customizable media kit to help you reach out to brands with ease.
- Brand Style Guide ($49 Value)
Your guide to seamlessly communicating your brand’s identity.
- Sponsored Post Pricing Guide ($79 Value)
Your guide to the business world of sponsored posts.
- The Essential Foodtography School Preset Pack ($49 Value)
Our most-loved, must-have food photography Lightroom presets.
I actually bought many of these after I took Foodtography School. The Photographers Media Kit Template has an absolutely beautiful style and contains all the important information you will need when reaching out to brands. Plus it’s super easy to customize it.
And The Essential Foodtography School Preset Pack is just absolutely essential. I use it all the time. Check below one of my latest edits using 350 F preset.
What course would you recommend?
It depends on your skills, but if you are just starting out I would recommend taking the Foodtography School Course. That being said, I also took the Advanced Foodtography School which is much more complex and best if you are looking to improve your food photography.
How much does it cost?
The course price is $587 (one-time payment) or you can take advantage of a payment plan of 6 monthly payments of £105.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
You will get access to 10 units which gives you approximately 20 hours of content. You can take all the lessons at your own pace. It is recommended to do 1 unit per week. However you will definitely want to take notes and play some units more than once, so allow more time to digest the content of this course properly and do not rush on the units.
What equipment do I need?
First of all, you can totally take this course just with your smartphone but I would recommend getting a starter DSLR camera (check my Camera Gear here where I talk about the best beginner camera and what I am using). You can also buy a DSLR camera while or after taking the course to practice what you have learned?
Ideally, you will have access to a computer with the editing system Adobe Lightroom. Adobe Lightroom is free on mobile and tablet (which I love for editing) but if you want to have the desktop version it will cost you around $9 per month. I would recommend starting with Adobe Lightroom on your phone or tablet and get familiar with the interface of this app, after that it definitely worth investing in desktop Adobe Lightroom.
Do I need a lot of props and backdrops?
Definitely not. All you need to get started is a camera and ideally a laptop. I used a marble board which cost me $10 as a backdrop when I started. I bought my first backdrop from Captured by Lucy after 3 months of taking the Foodtography School. In terms of props, try to search your house or even your grandma’s house to find some unique and antique props. Also, it’s best to start with minimal props and learn the core compositional principles.
What camera would you recommend?
I started Foodtography School with an entry-level camera Canon EOS 80D and prime kit lens which cost me $400 refurbished. Also, I know many photographers who started with Canon EOS 2000D which is a more affordable option. If you live in the UK and looking for used or refurbished cameras I would recommend Wex Photo Video. I both a lot of equipment from there and it’s in absolutely perfect condition.
What you wish you knew before starting FS School?
That you do not need expensive photography gear, a lot of props, and backdrops. When I started out I thought that I will need many backdrops and beautiful (but expensive) props. That is not true, the best way to learn food photography is with minimal prop collection. However, once you start shooting more and more I would recommend investing in 2-3 high-quality food photography backdrops. My favorites are: Woodville Workshop, Captured by Lucy and Club Backdrops.
Is it worth the investment?
According to Foodtography School, 94% of former Foodtography School students said the course was worth the investment. And the same applies to me, I loved the course and I think it was the best investment into myself and my skills.
I earned the value back in just a month after taking FS School. As a direct result of taking Foodtography School, I was able to work with amazing local small businesses as well as global brands. I was featured across numerous platforms and magazines and earned a long-term partnership with my favorite brands. And most importantly I had an opportunity to meet an amazing community of fellow food photographers around the world through a Facebook group.
Looking back at where I started last summer, this is the best investment I made!
Want a Free Pricing And Sevices Guide Template?
If you sign up for Foodtography School using code BARBARA you will get you will receive not only 15% off the original price but also a Free Pricing Guide Template that will explain everything you need to know about pricing plus you can create your own pricing just in a few minutes.
All you need to do after signing up is email me with:
- your name
- order number
After that, I’ll get back with the Free Service and Pricing Guide Template. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope you have found this review useful and if you have any questions post them in the comments below or send me a DM on my Instagram!