Every so often I attend photography classes to learn a few useful tricks. This year, Great British Chefs (iPhone/iPad app that showcases the recipes from best British chefs) joined Social Media Week to host a very special food photography class at Google London. Taught by David Griffen, who has photographed some of the most famous chefs in the UK. 40 of us all used different gear, from iPhone, compact to SLR cameras, all trying to take the most perfect shot of Pascal Aussignac’s Michelin star quality dishes, freshly cooked and plated on site at Google canteen. Pascal is the headchef at Club Gascon, the Michelin restaurant that’s been on my must visit list for a long time. The evening included delicious canapes like frog leg, popcorn creme brulee and very interesting twists on English flavours, like the Duchess of Marmite with strong Marmite flavours that not everyone will like.
I’ll dedicate this post to the most useful tricks I learnt at the event.
1) Get real close
2) Kitchens have strong lighting, chefs look much better in black and white
3) Take the food to a light source, ideally one that points to the dish from the side or behind. Turn the plate to see the light changes, then take a few shots to find the best one
More photos of the evening
I really enjoyed the class hosted by Great British Chefs, very interactive, enjoyable and we got to try Pascal’s amazing food. Google office was so stunning that I wish I had applied there for a job! If you like to learn a few things too, follow GBC Twitter to get notifications on next year’s event!