A photography workshop for the food lover .
Mark Floro is one of, if not the most sought after food photographer in the Philippines. It’s his photos you see on those Chow King and Jollibee billboards along EDSA, and those are just two of his many big-name clients. He’s also a faculty member at the Philippine Center for Creative Imaging (PCCI), and his outstanding portfolio can be viewed on his website.
But when I met Mark in 2008, I didn’t know any of this. I knew he was a photographer yes, but I had no idea how accomplished he was. I’d given him my business card and I recall shyly saying, “Um, my photos are nothing like yours, but maybe you can check out my website when you’ve got the time.” Ballsy, yes that’s me.
Mark and I checking out a shot.
Photo taken at The Room Upstairs.
Obviously, Mark must’ve seen something on Dessert Comes First because he got in touch with me and proposed that we take some pictures together. “I like your writing, now let’s fine-tune your photos,” he said. So for the past three years, we’ve been getting together when our schedules jibe – he comes to my house and I feed him lots of sweet things – (“Oh, so bad for me, but this is so good, Lor,” he’ll say) and in turn, he feeds me knowledge. I’m so lucky to have Mark as my mentor, and earlier this year, when a certain large chain restaurant bought the rights to one of my food photos, no one was happier than him. I hope that I continue to do him proud … but some restaurant lightings are a bit tricky.
This will be a hands-on and intensive photo workshop dealing specifically with food. The only assumption Mark will have is that participants must know how to operate their cameras (i.e. familiarity with its controls and functions). We all need to start from a common point so that the learning process at the workshop proceeds smoothly.
Here’s what we’ll cover:
- A brief talk by me on the food photography aspect of food blogging.
- Mark’s PowerPoint presentation on food photography: or, how to make food look oh-so-good, and explaining the difference between professional food photography and photography for food blogging.
- An advanced primer on exposure, settings, and lighting techniques (because photography is nothing without good lighting).
This photo workshop is sponsored by the great people at Canon who are lending us some drool-worthy camera models to play with. These include the:
- EOS 1100D
- EOS 600D
- EOS 60D
- EOS 7D
- PowerShot G12
- PowerShot S95
- Digital IXUS 310 HS
Here’s the hands-on part of the workshop:
Mark is nothing if not attentive to detail and when he teaches, he’s like a hawk. The workshop will consist of several shooting exercises, the results of which will be projected onto a screen and which Mark will critique.
Here’s what participants are encouraged to bring (aside from their camera, of course):
Your photography paraphernalia:
- tripod, laptop, memory card, spare battery, and sundry food items you’ve always had difficulty shooting and/or just want to (learn how to) shoot (brown food, sandwiches, killer cupcake [which you know I’m going to steal from you ] etc.).
- Bad shots you’ve taken in the past that you want Mark to critique (.jpg format) on a USB or CD. (I’m going to show my first-ever photo that I posted on DCF, a shot so hideous it makes me want to hide).
We’re also awarding prizes for the three best photos shot during the workshop proper. Here are the prizes courtesy of Canon:
- (3rd prize) Canon-Penshoppe sling bag (please see attached photo)
- (2nd prize)320GB Western Digital Elements Portable Hard Drive
- (1st prize) 2GB iPod Shuffle – 4th Gen
The trademark of all my DCF events is plenty of food -no one leaves my events hungry. The lunch at the workshop is being catered by no less than Chef Ed Quimson and merienda and great coffee will be provided by Ari and Pinky Peralta of The Room Upstairs.
Here’s how to get a ticket:
The workshop will be conducted at Fully Booked’s The Forum, a functional room with plenty of natural light, something Mark is a proponent of when it comes to food photography. It’s a small room and this is a hands-on workshop so we’re limiting this event to:
20 participants ONLY.
Workshop fee is P1,500/per person. (A steal if you’re aware of how much a photo workshop really costs).
Up to 2 tickets per person only.
Proxies may be sent but all tickets must be paid for on August 20, 2011.
Once registration and payment(s) have been made, ticket-buyer will be issued a ticket with a control number that must be presented, along with a picture ID on September 10, 2011, the day of the workshop.
Me and my friend and mentor, Mark Floro. See you at the workshop!
Photo taken at The Room Upstairs.
If you have questions, please stick them below in the Comments form and I will reply right away.
Thanks everyone, and see you at the workshop!
*All food photos in this post are by Mark Floro Photography.