Food Photography 101

Yehia El Alaily

  • Class in Arabic
  • 12 Video lessons in HD
  • Lifetime access, anywhere, any time
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee
  • Course duration 2hours and 10min
  • Downloadable RAW files
Yehia El Alaily

Yehia El Alaily

Yehia El Alaily is a Cairo based Food and Travel photographer with a passion for documentary work and culture preservation, with several commercial/editorial commissions along Egypt, Middle East, and Europe, with a wide base of clients including Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Abercrombie and Kent, Starwood Hotels, Hilton International, Nestle, Hardees Arabia, Cinnabon, Americana, PUK, and many more.

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Food Photography Course Description

The food photography course is one of the most unique online courses for people who want to learn all the professional skills of food photography. Yehia El Alail, the most popular food photographer with several commercial/editorial commissions along Egypt and the Middle East, will teach you the essentials of preparing the food style before the shoot, capturing the right frame, using the lighting gears, and performing touch-ups in post-production.

The first thing Yehia El Alaily said in this class is to “understand food first then food photography comes next”. Great food photography isn’t just about taking a shot of a delicious dish, it’s about carefully selecting and styling your food, appropriately using natural light or studio light, and editing your images to leave viewers hungry.

Yehia El Alaily will capture 5 plates and all plates are stylized by Henriett Braun. Learn how to style the food in ways that are appealing to the camera and how to frame your image with the perfect composition for food photography. Additionally, you will learn how to shoot food images using your mobile camera and useful tips about how to start your career in food photography.

The food photography course contains 12 lessons in Arabic with comprehensive learning demonstrations and extensive guidelines for photographers who want to become a professional food photographer.

Learning Outcomes

In this online photography you will learn:

  • Learning how to start building your food photography gear and set, including lights, cameras, lenses, props, and how to put it all together on set.
  • Learning professional tips of how to style your food and how to tell a creative and engaging story through food photos.
  • Understanding how to prepare yourself before each shoot so you will be professional which will be highly appreciated by your clients and will give you confidence in your next gig.
  • Understanding the different photography techniques about lightening diagrams examples of different lights, reflectors positions in the studio, camera settings and post-processing for food images.
  • Learning how to do food photography using a mobile camera and natural light.
  • Learning how to start your business in food photography, how to start your professional career in photography, and how to edit your shots for commercial and editorial food photography.

Food Photography – Online Course Description

Course Information


In the beginning, Yehia El Alaily will talk about the food business and why is it a promising industry that keeps on growing, with so many aspects to consider. Yehia will speak about the history of food photography throughout the years since 1845. After that he will talk about the beginning of high-speed sync photography, and how step by step the disappearing of the human elements happened, and the industry started to focus on food more. Finally, the instructor will review the beginning of food styling tricks that began in the 1980s. Now it’s all about home cooking and the rustic soul cooking and the farm to table concept.

You will learn in this lesson about the main two categories of editorial and commercial food photography as well as an introduction to the subcategories of each one. Get to understand the basic terms used in the food photography profession and learn about editorial food photography in magazines and cookbooks. In the commercial part, you will get insights about the commercial shoots in advertising, online marketing, and menus.

This extensive lesson of the online food photography course has advanced tips and professional insights about how to set up the food photography shoot and some initial tips of different roles of the food photography team. Starting with learning about preparing the professional food shoot:

  • Take a journey into understanding the essences of food cuisines from different countries and how to arrange your plate and style it.
  • Learn in detail about the camera gear and the lenses you can use to start a photography career.
  • Understand the importance of stabilizing the camera and the lights he uses. How to move to the light sources’ types, the natural and the artificial. Which one is better the pros and cons of each? How to use natural light with the simplest and cheapest ways possible?
  • Learn how to start building a set, and the three different types of shots which include a) the Ingredients b) the active shots c) the cooked foods.
  • Get the top tips about how to make all the shots as natural as possible like it just came out of the oven freshly cooked.
  • Essential food photography guidelines: Learn how to set up the frame and choosing the angel before starting the photoshoot to keep everything in focus. Yehia will explain in detail which angle you need to select for which type of food and why.
  • Secondly, learn the essentials of during the food shoot: Learn how to adjust the camera settings and lights during the food photography shoot. Finally, Get to know the important rules to follow during each shoot such as creative thinking and thinking outside the box.

Yehia al Alaily will demonstrate and explain in detail 8 different sketches with examples of different light settings and reflectors that you can choose from according to your lights and studio location.

Most of the beginners will not have a food stylist on the shoot so you will learn about a few tips to know how you can do it yourself. You will learn how to cook the food for visual attraction as well as how to arrange props properly with the background. Moreover, you will learn how to be very precise and pay attention to all the details to your plate and the surroundings and how should everything be relevant on your plate, and your background. Additionally, in this section, Yehia will guide you with some important tips about the fine retouching of the food style to avoid over retouching.

Learning by example is a highly effective benefit of the online course. In this lesson, you will watch a demonstration of shooting a hamburger dish. Get to see in detail how it’s done and how does it work all together on set. Most importantly, in this lesson you will learn some professional tricks on how to make it easy for yourself while shooting so you can add and change layers easily during editing on photoshop.

In a live shoot of pasta, you will learn about the types of headlights he uses during a shoot and how to use it. Watch a food photography shoot for a dark homy mode pasta dish and how to switch between front light and backlight. In this part of the online course, you will learn how to advance your skills during the food shoot in order to decrease the work you will do during the editing photoshop. Yehia will also give food shooting guidelines of how to give more life to the plate, how to control the shadows, how to make an action shot of shredded cheese, and how to think creatively to overcome the difficulties you can face on set.

Detailed description of a live shoot of a chocolate marshmallow. Learn how to focus and choose the hero of the plate and highlight the winter cozy mood we want to achieve. Learn the difference between the times we use a reflector and the times we don’t.

Detailed description of a live food shoot where you will learn about shooting natural food ingredients and how to style a salad plate. Additionally, you will learn essential tips about using a different technique during food photography.

In this lesson of the online food photography course, you go through the post-processing and food photography editing. Understand to edit each plate we shot during this food photography course and learn how to fix the problems you face after the photoshoot in the post-processing. Learn in the food edit process about what should you check in your photo and how and how to adjust the exposure, play with shadows, the white balance, the clarity, the sharpness, the saturation. Moreover, learn how to make the hero of your image pop. Finally, in this lesson, you will learn professional photography guidelines about how to adjust each image according to its use, and according to the print.

Learn how to use your mobile camera for food photography and how to capture high-quality images using the right photography techniques using direct sunlight.

Understanding food is one of the main things we should understand at first if you want to start a business in photography. Learn from a professional photographer how to start your first steps in the food photography career. Understand the main tricks you need to learn before working with food stylists. How to create a food photography portfolio and according to what. How do you buy your props and background? Finally, marketing yourself is also very important. Learn how to get benefits of the collaboration with bloggers, stock images websites, and the difference between websites.