food photography

Food and Light Workshop 2011

February 14, 2011

Well folks, this is quite an honor to announce this. Every year there is a very special food photography workshop in Boulder Colorado setup by the lovely Jen Yu and Todd Porter and Diane Cu. You might know them better by their blogs – Jen Yu is UseRealButter and Todd and Diane from WhiteonRiceCouple. I am sure they need no introductions from me.

These three are easily some of my favorite food photographers of this time. Each of them a well honed professional in food photography, having shot for publications, cookbooks, websites, restaurants, and I whole lot more. Just when you wanted to hate them for being so bloody talented – there is more. They are some of the most genuine, warmhearted people you will ever come across. Perhaps the greatest thing of all (especially for everyone else) is that they LOVE to teach, and they do it really darn well.

So imagine my surprise and delight when I got an email from them a little while ago asking if I wanted to be a co-instructor with them for this years 2 day Food and Light Workshop in Boulder!!!!!

Now, I know a fun time when I see one, so I could hardly email back “YES!!” fast enough. Knowing Jen, Todd and Diane well I know that this is going to be an above and beyond event full of learning, fun, food and photography. I am so happy to be a part of it this year!

What I love about this class is it’s relatively different approach. It is VERY hands on. YES, you get the “this is F Stop, this is ISO, and this is what it all does” lectures that even seasoned pro’s could learn from – but you also get a ridiculous amount of hands on shooting time with us instructors.

Here is thing – we could sit there all day and give lectures on the technical aspects of photography. We could also do shooting demo’s where we show everyone how we shoot food. This is all well and good, but until you really pick up that dSLR of yours and start shooting for yourself, there is only so much you can learn. That is what this class is about. A lot of shooting time, with the instructors constantly there offering advice, support, and a much deserved pat on the back.

If I do say so myself, we are lovely group of instructors, with a lot of varied interests. Whilst shooting why not ask Jen if “REALLY -25F in the winter is fun in Colorado, where you can throw a glass of boiling water in to the air and see it evaporate instantly“. Why not ask Todd and Diane if you can ever have too many fruit trees? Ask me about moldy sausage if you want to (at your own risk..).

So – anyhow. This class is going to be incredible. A one of a kind learning experience where all participants are going to go away with a lot more experience of shooting food, and with some great memories of a very fun couple of days.

Here is the info on the class:

Location: Boulder CO

Date: August 2nd 3rd, 2011

Style: 25% lecture. 75% hands on shooting

What to bring: Come with a dSLR (sorry no compact cameras) a laptop, lens, tripod (if you use one)

See the class website: FOOD AND LIGHT WORKSHOP for more information, and to sign up (fast because there is only 25 spaces total).

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  • David February 15, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Wow, this sounds incredible! I hadn’t heard of it.

  • Brooke February 21, 2011 at 12:17 am

    Wow, Matt! Congratulations! Why does it have to be in Boulder? Talk them into moving it to Seattle next year… =)

  • Kathryn Weese February 23, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Congrats!!!! I’d come in a heartbeat if time and money were more plentiful. Sounds dreamy!

  • vanillasugarblog February 23, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    matt! LOL is that the perfect photo of you or what? I mean come on. Love it

  • Sara February 23, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Is the workshop full yet?

    • mattwright February 24, 2011 at 12:18 am

      Sara – I believe there are still some spaces.

  • Lorinda February 27, 2011 at 1:11 am

    I would be there in half a heartbeat if it weren’t for the distance (I live in Australia). I love your blog and your photography, would have loved to meet you and the other super talented photographers.

  • David March 7, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    will you pack me in your carry on?

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 8, 2011 at 3:32 am

    holy crap. I just signed up. I only knew of it for 30 minutes. But it had my name all over it.

    And I am registered.

    Can’t wait to meet you!